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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pazdar's Cerise Chocolat - Simply Surprising and Awesome!!!

I tasted something the other day I was extremely skeptical about. A cherry-chocolate wine???!!!

And I have to admit, the only reason I tasted it was that my wife had tasted it several weeks before and told me I had to try it.

It was a dessert wine from Pazdar. I think David is a very good winemaker. He's actually an exceptional winemaker. While he is very well known for his fun and exotic wines, the real truth is, David can make a mean varietal. I've had several classic varietal wines form him. He sells them quietly. But promotes his more iconic wines at fairs, which differentiates him from other wineries.

The most recent wine I tried was Cerise Chocolat - luscious cherries with a hint of rich dark chocolate. I's true. I was shocked. It is an excellent, excellent wine.

You have to try this stuff!


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