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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.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

HVWGA Awards 2009

Last night, the HVWGA held their annual awards dinner. Organized by numerous folks, especially Mike Migliore and Debbie Gioquindo, and Colleen from Brotherhood, the night was an incredible success.

The first event of the evening was the cocktail hour in which many of the award winning wines were available for tasting (always one of my favorite moments). The who's who of Hudson Valley winemaking was there. Doug Glorie, Mike and Yancey Migliore, John Graziano, Kristop Brown and the Specarelli Bros., Steve Cascles and his wife Lilly, Bob Barrow, assistant winemaker at Brotherhood, Steve Osborn of Stoutridge, the Feders of Clinton Vineyards, Richard Eldridge of Brimstone Hill, Paul Denino of Bashakill Vineyards, and many others.

Steve Osborn (Stoutridge) and the Stopkies (Adair)
John Graziano (Millbrook)

The first real award for the evening went to Ben Feder of Clinton Vineyards. He won The Hudson Valley Veritas Award. Ben was recognized for his life long commitment to the valley as a valley pioneer and maker of quality wines. The award and speech introducing and praising Ben was given by none other than Jim Tresize, President of the NYWGF. It was an honor to have Jim at the awards dinner, and it was also testament to Mr. Feder that Tresize would make sure to attend the ceremony in Mr. Feder's honor.

Mike Migilore (Whitecliff) and Bob Barrow (Brotherhood)
Debbie Gioquindo (The Hudson Valley Wine Goddess)

The food was delicious, and many folks went up to accept their awards. A few of my pictures did not come out, so I apologize. I did not get all the winners, but there are numerous great wines in the valley.

This year's awards were especially important, I think, because Hudson Valley wine is certainly coming into its own, at a time too, when the valley is bursting with CSAs and other artisanal producers like distilling, cheesemaking, and other gourmet products.

Congrats to the folks who put it all together, and thanks to everyone who attended. It was absolute proof that there are great wines being made in the valley!

Everyone - come out and taste the wine!


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