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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, May 29, 2011

Tousey Cabernet Franc

Tousey is one of the newer wineries on the scene, but winemaker Bruce Tripp has been a popular and ubiquitous figure in the Hudson Valley winemaking scene for many years. I recently stopped in his place and took a few sips.

One of the ones I really liked was their Cabernet Franc(non-vintage). It had a beautiful bright raspberry, bright cherry nose with a whiff of vanilla and spice.

Bruce was holding down the tasting room bar last Saturday when I happened to walk in. Bruce loves grapes. One gets he sense that he almost likes growing as much as he likes making wine. But don;t be fooled, Bruce loves wine. He can talk all day about grapes and wine...and he and I have, over many glasses. He is affable and gregarious and a lot of fun.

Bruce's wines are already a hit. His Tousey Creme de Cassis is one of the most well known cult wines in the valley. His cassis is different from most because it's sweetened with honey, from Ray Tousey's beehives.Anyway, a smal trip, and quick sip, and another stop on my "Honey Do" list to go, and then to the back porch with a bottle of Tousey Cabernet Franc.


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