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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Demarest Hills Porto Fino and Grappa!

Neslted in the bucolic hills of Warwick Valley, lies the vineyard of Francesco Ciummo. . .also known as Demarest Hills Winery.

Francesco Ciummo is a robust Italian man with a thick accent, and he loves when someone walks into his winery. He'll pour you anything you want to taste. I haven't been there in a while, but someone was kind enough to bring me two wines that are well worth remembering:

1. Demarest Hills Porto Fino

Very, very smooth. Truly, one of the better ports of the east coast!

2. Demarest Hills Grappa

Smooth, strong, the white lghtening of Italy and Greece! Wow! Very nice!

Both are great for the sip with friends and family after dinner.

According to the winery's blog, "As a young man, Francesco tended the family vineyards in Molise, Italy, learning the intricate skill of wine making from his father. He toiled long and hard in these humble surroundings, and he set out to build his dream. After tears of backbreaking labor in countries all over the world, Francesco finally settled in America. Here he used his hard-earned money to purchase a large tract of land in Warwick, New York, where his vision began to take shape."

When asked why he makes wine, Francesco responds: "It's the people. When they take a sip of my wine and smile, that's my reward. If they didn't smile, I don't think I would make wine anymore."

Go, and make Francesco and yourself happy!


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