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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, July 08, 2012

Brookview Station Porter's Port

Brookview Station Winery is located at Goold Orchards, a centenary farm located in Catleton, NY. Ed and Sue Miller are the owners, and Karen Gardy does everything else. They are a wonderful team, and a hoot!

Ed is the farmer, and he grows thousands of apples every year. He is also a wizard with fruit wine, and with each vintage, his body of work is growing as a vinter. Ed has made several great vintages of cassis the last few years. Fantastic stuff! But his newest accomplishment is pretty amazing.

Ed's been babying two separate batches of cherry wine over the last 12 months. He did a wonderful job with his Bing Cherry wine some time ago. Just last season, Ed did a batch of red sour cherries, and a batch of black cherries. He's been nudging them along and sampling, wondering what he was going to be doing with each batch as they matured.

I've been lucky enough to have sampled the wine several times along it's gestation. Like any real vinter, Ed considered all the flavors he was tasting, and took his time about it. When it came time to do something with it, Ed knew the profile he wanted. He threw a small amount of the red sours into the black cherry, and fortified it. He worked several different trial blends before he decided on the final product.

Admittedly, I meant to write about this wine in April or May, but between the day job, my other side jobs, and lots of travel, I got sidetracked. But the reason it jumped back to mind now is that it recently won a Silver Medal at the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition 2012.

Porter's Port is a dark, purple-red port made from black cherries and a touch of bright red sour cherries. It's got all the gravitas of a bigger port, but some of the subtle fruit characteristics of more classic ports. This is a fantastic after dinner drink, with just enough acid to fight off the sweetness for a well balanced wine. You can drink this with chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, brownies, or your favorite cigar.

Here's even better news. You can let this one sit too. This is a quality wine, and will only get better with age, probably good for 5 to 7 years. Really good stuff!

Congrats Sue, Karen, and especially Ed!!


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