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, March 09, 2011

Ledge Rock Hill Winery Wins Double Gold at Florida State Fair

Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Corinth NY, Ledge Rock Hill Winery is located in the lake region of Northern Saratoga County. They are situated between Saratoga Springs and Lake George, and within miles of The Great Sacandaga Lake.

They are a family run operation with a dedicated love and appreciation for the art of fine wine making. Ledge Rock Hill specializes in limited vintage production, hand-crafted wines made from premium grapes.

One of the premium grapes Gary's been working with for more than three years is Marquette, a new varietal from the University of Minnesota program. Uinversity of Minnesota has come up with some really ineresting grapes in the last five or ten years, and right now really have accomplished more than any other breeding program in recent years, public or private.

2011 Florida State Fair awarded Ledge Rock Hill Winery Marquette 2009 double Gold.

"We're very, very proud. I've been working with this grape a long time. It's terrific, especially when you consider when went from double Gold to the sweepstakes round, and lost to a very expensive California wine. And it was a real thrill especially when you think about what kind of year 2009 was," said owner Gary Akrop. Gary and his wife Deborah also offer at the winery, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Old Vine Zinfandel.
Congrats to the "Winery in the Woods" as Gary likes to call it. Can;t wait for them to reopen in the spring!


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