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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.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Hudson-Chatham Winery's Baco Noirs have had a great pat couple of months. Hudson-Chatham's two Baco Noirs - Baco Noir Reserve Casscles Vineyard and Baco Noir Old Vine Masson Place Vineyard Pulteney Farm - have gathered tremendous press and awards.

Recently, the New York Cork Report had this to say about their Baco Noir Old Vines:
"Shows ripe black cherry and plum aromas on the nose with a little cranberry and a healthy dose of vanilla and oak. Rich and fuller bodied there is an intensity to the black cherry flavors here with vanilla to round it out. Layers of chocolate and oak bring a little complexity before a sour cherry/cranberry note emerges on the medium-length finish. Fresh but balanced acidity provides most of the structure here keeping it from being too soft or flabby. Acidity isn't uncommon in red hybrids but it's not excessively high here like it can be."

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And the All Over Albany had this to say about their Baco Noir Reserve:
"The Hudson-Chatham Winery's Baco Noir Reserve is a clear and bright garnet. To me it smells of tart red fruit, and offers the impression of strawberries and tart cherries. I also get a little bit of sweet barnyard hay. On the tongue it is less fruity, but it's filled with bright acidity and enough tannin to give it some structure. The finish leaves me with a lingering notion of cranberries. This wine would go well with something that was rich and did not have a lot of competing flavors, like a simple roast chicken, or bacon wrapped pork loin. "

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The Baco Noirs also just won some medals at some prestigious wine competitions:

Baco Noir Old Vines 2009 just won a Bronze Medal at The Dallas Morning News Wine Competition 2011

Baco Noir Reserve Casscles Vineyards 2009 just won a Bronze Medal at The Grand Harvest Awards Wine Competition 2011
Congrats to winemaker Steve Casscles and manager Ralph Cooley.


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