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.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Brotherhood Blanc de Blanc

Brotherhood Winery is the oldest continually operating winery in New York state. And of course, it is in the Hudson Valley. The Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay Brut Champagne is a 100% chardonnay sparkling wine.

Walking through their cavernous underground cellars, you can see 170 years of continuous winemaking heritage, and you can learn about winemaking, barrel ageing, and their sparkling wine methods.

This golden straw colored wine has a wonderful nose of green apple and yeast, with a whiff of toastiness about it. This wine is made from 100% Hudson Valley chardonnay. The wine has lots of tiny, fine bubbles which trail up the flute beautifully. The wine itself was dry and refreshingly crisp. There were big flavors of green apple up front, but a nice, dry finish. Beautifully balanced. An elegant fine sparkling wine.

Congrats to Cesar Baeza and winemaker Bob Barrow!


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