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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.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Robibero 87 South 2008 and 87 North 2010 - That's a Lot of Driving

So I am at the Bounty of the Hudson event, and I see Tiffany and Ryan Selby, just returned from their whirlwind honeymoon, and there they were, back in the thick of things, setting up their booth for the weekend wine fest. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The fest was one mad dash, and a lot of fun!!! But while scanning their table later on, while I came over to chat with them, I spied a new wine I hadn't seen. 87 North. I can only imagine, as a former New Jersey resident, that the inspiration for this name comes from the fact that from New York City, Long Island and New Jersey, you have to come up 87. And Tiffany and Ryan as well as all the Robiberos have spent long hours on that highway going back and forth from the island for years. I personally seem to know it all too well myself. Regardless, 87 is the big road that is the crooked spine (or the main artery) of the Hudson Valley.

Robibero 87 South is a dry red blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, The wine is a nice, deep red wine, with dark cherry, raspberry, and touch of plum to it. It's a dark garnet color, with hints of vanilla and leather on the nose. A nice amount of acidity and nice tannins make this an excellent food wine.

This is the sister wine to Robibero 87 North, which is their white blend of 50% Vidal Blanc and 50% Cayuga White. 87 North has lovely honeydew and grapefruit aromas and a clean crisp refreshing finish.

Buy one of each! They're a wonderful couple. Congrats to Tiffany and Ryan once again! Yes, on your wedding - may you spend many happy hours in the car together on the Route 87 of life....and congrats on the wines as well!


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