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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, August 24, 2011

Clinton Vineyards Peach Gala

Clinton Vineyards is situated in Clinton Corners, NY, down by Millbrook. It was founded by Ben Feder, one of the great legends of the Hudson Valley wine community.

Recently we went to a friends' house, and brought a small basket of Hudson Valley cheeses including Old Chatham Sheepherding Camembert and Hudson Red from Twin Maple Farm.

Dominique and I have been saving a bottle of Clinton's Peach Gala for more than a year to find the right occassion. Last weekend was the right moment.

With a cheese board all set up with freshly sliced pears, and fresh bread and crackers, we popped open the bottle.

The wine has a wonderful peach aroma to it. But there was also the smell of yeast, as if it was baked peach cobbler. But the wine also has a citrusy ending, which makes the wine especially delicious. Our friends were wowed, as we were the first time we had it.

What a pleasure.


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