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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.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Warwick Valley Introduces NEW Cassis Black Currant Hard Apple Cider

“One of the best cider makers in America today. Absolutely fabulous. From Doc's Draft Hard Apple Cider (great, semi-dry and effervescent refreshment) to the incredibly dry, delicate, and fragrant Doc's Draft Hard Pear Cider, to the tremendous Doc's Framboise, which is a dessert beverage that is on par with any dessert wine out there. The raspberry can be sipped on a long hot day...what a delicious enjoyment. The pear and raspberry are to die for and are absolutely unique! These two ciders rate with the great Belgian ale house, Lindemann's, whose fruit ales are among the best in the world.” — Carlo De Vito, author of Wineries of the East Coast

I wrote that in 2005, and it still holds true today, maybe even more so than ever. Luckily, living in the Hudson Valley, I have the pleasure of tasting some excellent ciders. It's a lot of fun. !
But yesterday I made a new discovery at the Bounty of the Hudson 2012 held at Applewood Winery in Warwick, NY, a stone';s throw from Warwick Valley WInery & Distillery itself. There on the table was something astonishing....a new cider I hadn;t hear about before...Cassis Black Currant Hard Apple Cider. This was a fabulous new cider. An exceptional cider made with fresh black currants.

Like they're absolutely tremendous Raspberry Cider, Warwick's new Cassis Black Currant has all the aroma of cassis, and flavor....with that wonderful berry fllavor and aroma and with the tart cassis like finish, but the apple cider itself never gets lost. The green and golden apple flavor you'd expect come through, and are never dominated. It's incredibly well balanced, and wonderfully nuanced. Spectacular! Congrats to Jason and Jeremy, and to the whole crowd over at Warwick


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