Hudson River Valley Wineries

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Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He has been a published executive for more than 20 years. He shepherded the wine book program of Wine Spectator as well as worked with Kevin Zraly, Oz Clarke, Matt Kramer, Tom Stevenson, Evan Dawson, Greg Moore, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. He has also published Salvatore Calabrese, Jim Meehan, Clay Risen, and Paul Knorr. Mr. DeVito is the inventor of the mini-kit which has sold more than 100,000,000 copies world wide. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Kevin Zraly Serves and Raves About Millbrook Chardonnay

I was recently at a private tasting at the Mohonk Mountain House where Kevin Zraly of the Windows on the World Wine School was giving a short but very enjoyable wine presentation. He walked us through two whites, two red, and a port. It was most enjoyable.

Most surprising was one of his picks for the two whites: Millbrook Chardonnay. Now I am not surprised he picked Millbrook - it's a fantastic wine. But I was both surprised and pleased he picked something from the Hudson Valley.

He spoke glowingly of the wine, raving about the fresh fruit, and the oaking, which he considered light and just right (and spoke several times about it not being over oaked).

Zraly also spoke glowingly of John Dyson (one of the people who made the farm winery act a reality and helped to bring a new chapter to Hudson Valley Wine) and Millbrook. Congrats to the folks at Millbrook. And winemaker John Graziano deserves a mention too!



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