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.

Friday, April 02, 2010


On April 10th, 2010 Tousey Winery will prematurely open it's doors to play it's part in the opening of the Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail, the newest gourmet trail in New York state and Massachuseets. They are located on Route 9 in Clermont, though their mailing address says Germantown. The winery will be pouring their Vidal Blanc, their Cassis, and their new Chambourcin. Bruce's cassis and vidal have been stunners, so we're excited to try the Chambourcin!

Tousey Winery is still in it's infancy, still being born. But with the new trail launch this weekend, Ray Tousey, farmer and owner, Ben Peacock, general manager, and Bruce Tripp, winemaker, are trying to be goo soldiers. They're going along with the gang. Their official opening won't be until May some time. In the mean time, we're all excited. They were just putting in the shelving and bar when I stopped by.
The bar is a monstrous and stunning piece of wood. Impressive!

Ben's father, Dave, came to visit, and Ben put him straight to work. Dave was happy to help out in the project. Here's Ray, Dave and Ben.

This is the Blue Roof building in Clermont, on Route 9, and the sign outside below. The Tousey Winery sign will go where Nanny Rocker is now.

The vineyard has been pruned and prepared to take on the brunt of the season, and lies in the same field as the raspberries, black currants, and many other fruits that Ray raises.

Good luck guys! Welcome to the newest kid on the block! Another Columbia County winery. Napa and Sonoma watch out!


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