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.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

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!


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