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.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Vinum Cafe Serving Wine and Waiting for You at Brotherhood Winery!

Chill at Vinum Cafe
by Jim Trezise
New York Wine Press
April 9, 2011

Brotherhood America's Oldest Winery Ltd. in Washingtonville is one of the nation's most historic and interesting wineries, and now it's possible to enjoy a great meal when you visit. The "Vinum Cafe", owned and independently operated by Chef-Owner Christian Pierrel, has been open almost a year but only recently received its license to serve wine; and after all, "a meal without wine is like a day without sunshine".

We got State legislation passed years ago that automatically allows farm wineries to have restaurants on their premises (commercial wineries need an additional license but may as well), and many in the Finger Lakes took advantage of that long ago. Unfortunately, local townships on Long Island have prevented them there, but it's nice to see new ones popping up in different regions.

Brotherhood owner Cesar Baeza describes the Vinum Cafe fare as "gourmet food at reasonable prices" with fantastic Lobster Bisque and "Hudson Valley Fois Gras that melts in your mouth". It's open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 9 pm for lunch, dinner and brunch with seating indoors and outside when weather permits. Visit


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