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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, February 02, 2011

Robibero Serendipity

Last night Dominique made chicken with Bone Suckin' Sauce, a favorite BBQ concoction we discovered when we went down to Charleston some years ago. It instantly became our favorite, and we've been using it every year since. And our sons love it too. It has just enough sweetness for them, enough tangy-ness that it's just not a globe of ketchup-y syrup, and enough heat so it stands up.

I came home through the sleet and snow from work, driving down snowy back country roads up in the Hudson Valley, only to come home to the warm soft glow of light pouring out from our house's windows.

The chicken smelled glorious, and when it came out, it was golden brown, and even crispy charred in some places, after she broiled it for the last fifteen minutes. It smelled and tasted delicious!

But what to have? We didn't want a red, and we discussed a rose' or even a blush. But at the last minute I remembered we had a bottle of cold Robibero Serendipity in the fridge. Out it came!

Robibero Vineyards is among the newest of Hudson Valley's wineries. It is a family owned and family run endeavor, and should be properly lauded.

Serendipity is a white wine with big apple and a whiff of something slightly more exotic...maybe kiwi? The actual wine is a smashing blend blend of 65% Seyval Blanc and 35% Chardonnay. It has a bright, fresh, zesty taste, that stood up wonderfully to our chicken. It was so good, even after we were done with the chicken, we sat at the table until we were done with the wine.

This is a wonderfully, refreshing white. A great table wine. Enjoy!


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