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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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


"The essential point of collaboration—whether in marriage, art, music, or winemaking—is to create something that the individuals involved could not achieve separately. A few miles south of Kingston, in a funky old stone house, a collaboration that encompasses all four Cereghino-Smith strong suits is producing some high-quality wine in an improbable place," Peter Barrett wrote in Chronogram magazine.

At both Bounty of the Hudson and Second Saturday Walk in Catskill last weekend, their wines continued to impress!

I'd like to say that I had a favorite, but it would be difficult.

Little House 2007
50% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 25% Petite Sirah. Aged for 14 months in hybrid American/Canadian Oak barrels. With this Rhone style blend, Fred and Paula are celebrating the Quadricentennial of the Hudson Valley and the Huguenot families who first brought vinifera grapes to this country. A big smooth wine. Nice deep, dark berry fruit flavors.

Eaten by Bears 2008
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petite Sirah, 18% Cabernet Franc.Cereghino Smith reinterprets a classic Left Bank Bordeaux blend in the 2008 Eaten by Bears. As Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits tannic structure with notes of black cherry, the Petite Sirah brings depth and lushness to the wine. The Cabernet Franc finishes with bright acidity bringing brightness and balance. This is one of Fred and Paula's most popular wines. It's a beautiful wine. Another really nice red.

Rock 'n Roll Red 2008
This vintage's amped up blend of 47% Sangiovese, 29% Petite Sirah, 24% Cabernet Franc references Italy's Super Tuscans with notes of tea, spice and electric prunes. This is one of Dominique's favorites. It's an impressive red wine.

Cabernet Franc 2008
90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petite Sirah.Two wine regions come to mind when we think of the pure expression of Cabernet Franc... the Loire Valley of France and the wine regions of New York. Our New York Cabernet Franc is softened with a lush touch of California Petite Sirah making a mouthwatering wine that exceded even their expectations. It's a very deep Cab Franc, and the Petite Syrah really does add a tremendous touch to this wine.

Congrats to Fred and Paula!!!


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