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, July 30, 2009


Great news for Hudson Valley winemakers! And drinkers! Shannon Gallagher wrote the August 2009 cover story for Hudson Valley Magazine raving about the 20+ wineries coming of age in the Hudson Valley.

Also features including such local ceebrities as Michael and Yancey Migliore of Whitecliff Vineyard, and Phyllis Feder of Clinton Vineyards, as well as an homage to Ben Feder of Clinton Vineyards for his lifetime of achievement, and many others were also within the 10 page feature story chockful of pictures!

"Hailed as the Hudson Valley’s best growing season in 30 years, 2007 left some pretty big shoes to fill — and thankfully, though not as hot or long, 2008 managed to produce. “It was an excellent growing season, one of the best we’ve seen,” says Yancy Migliore, co-owner of Gardiner’s Whitecliff Vineyards. “It was definitely in the top 10 vintages, maybe even top five,” adds her husband Michael, president of the Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Association. This bodes well for Hudson Valley wine country... with a couple of powerhouse vintages and (of all things) a national recession, things just may be looking up for Valley vintners," wrote Gallagher.

Hudson Valley has come of age!
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

"Bounty of the Hudson" Wine Festival Aug. 1 and 2, 2009

"Bounty of the Hudson" Wine Festival
Saturday and Sunday, August 1 & 2, 2009
Festival Hours are 12 Noon to 5PM each day
Tickets $25 per person in advance $35 at the door

~ 2009 Location - Millbrook Winery, Millbrook NY ~

To order tickets by phone call our automated ticket hotline

Taste the wines from all wineries on the SWT as well as several others from around the Hudson Valley region. Enjoy tastes and dishes from area restaurants, epicurean delights, farm fresh produce, cooking workshops and Live Music!

First Hudson Valley Winemaker's BBQ

Last night, July 25th, 2009, the first Hudson Valley Winemaker's BBQ was held at the Hudson-Chatham Winery, in Ghent, NY. Winemakers from all over the region, from the bottom of the valley and as far north as Saratoga Springs (although the valley officially stops at Albany) attended.

Many wineries were represented. And they noshed on such delights as cheeses from Harperfield and Coach Farm, beef from Trowbridge Farms, and breads from River Street Bakers. Two grilled chickens were served, one using a marinade using Hudson-Chatham Balsamic Vinegar and one using Old Kinderhook BBQ sauce.

Anthony Trigo of Cleremont Vineyards

Ken Lifshitz from Silverstream Winery

Dennis Pitts from Preston Hollow Vineyards

John Huddleson, Hudson Highlands grower, Steve Casscles, Hudson-Chatham Winery winemaker, and Dick Eldrige of Brimstone Hill.

Anthony Trigo of Cleremont Vineyards, Michael Migliore of Whitecliff Vineyards, and Paul Gioquindo, handsomely standing in for the HudsonValley Wine Goddess Debbie Gioquindo.

Ralph Cooley, general manager at Hudson-Chatham Winery, was our master griller, and Carlo DeVito and D Curto split duties on the second grill. Thanks Ralph and D!!!!We drank a whole lot of wine, and talked wine all night. It was a lot of fun!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hudson Valley Wineries Represent at Finger Lakes

Five wineries from the Hudson Valley represented the valley well. They included Brotherhood, Pazdar, Baldwin, Silver Stream and Hudson-Chatham. Here's photos to prove it.

We also included Slyboro...what the heck, they're an hour and some north...but they're northest right? SOlidarity, you know what I mean?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Core Vodka at Golden Harvest in Columbia County

Core Vodka is located at Golden Harvest Orchards in northern Columbia County. Their vodka is made from apples, made into apple cider and then distilled into vodka. It' fabulous!

I took my two youngs sons there to see how distilling takes place. They know all about wine, but the making of distilled spiritis was much more interesting, with all that copper and glass and tubes. It seemed a much more sensational expereince to them.

The vodka was more sensational to me.

Their small distillery is a very modern work of art. Though it can only distill 100 gallons at a time, it is flexible and precise enough to create some of the country's very best vodka. They focus primarily on vodka, and their distilling equipment can produce virtually any kind of liquor, from gin and whiskey to exotics like cachaça, agave spirits and medicinal bitters.

They are an asset to the valley and they make a tremendous vodka!

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Everyone needs to come to Catskill on August 8, 2009 to see all the participating wineries in the Catskill Saturday Stroll on August 8, 2009.

Lots of fun and frivolity. Catskill ever looked so pretty at night. Nor was it ever so fun!

Best of times!