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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, September 10, 2012

2012 Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition Results

The HVWGA held the annual Hudson Valley Wine Competition 2012 at the Hudson Valley WIne & Food Festival at the Rhinebeck Fairgrounds just this last Saturday. Wines from up and down the valley were entered.

Winery of the Year
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery

Best in Show
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery 2010 Proprietor's Special Reserve Chardonnay

Best Overall Hudson Valley Wine (made with Hudson ValleyFruit)
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery 2010Proprietor's Special Reserve Chardonnay

Best Sparkling
Clinton Vineyards Jubilee

Best in Category - White Wine
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery - 2009 Proprietor's Special Reserve Chardonnay

Best in Category - Red Wine (Tie)
Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery 2010 Petit Verdot
Glorie Farm Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc

Best Spirit
Tuthilltown Spirits Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

Best Red Hybrid Hudson-Chatham 2010 Chelois
Best White Hybrid 2011 Robibero 87 North
Best Rose -Tousey Winery 2011 Rebellion Rosé
Best Fruit Wine Brookview Station Winery -Whistle Stop White
Best Dessert Wine Clinton Vineyards Cassis

Medals by Winery

Bashakill Vineyards
Silver - 2011 White TailBronze - 2011 Wood Duck
Bronze - 2011 Dragon FlyBronze - 2010 Estate Bald Eagle

Benmarl Winery
Silver - 2011 Rosé
Silver - 2010 Slate Hill White
Silver - 2010 NY Cabernet Franc
Bronze -2010 Estate Cabernet Franc
Bronze - 2010 Proprietors Reserve
Bronze - 2011 Seyval Blanc

Brimstone Hill Vineyard
Silver - 2010 Chardonnay
Bronze - 2008 Foch
Bronze - 2011 Cayuga White

Brookview Station Winery
Silver - Whistle Stop White
Silver - The Conductor's Cassis
Bronze - 2011 Sunset Charlie
Bronze - PomonaClearview Vineyard
Bronze - 2011 - Estate Divinity NY 81
Silver - 2010 Estate Cabernet Franc

Clinton Vineyards
Gold - Cassis
Silver - Jubilee
Silver - Romance
Silver - Romance
Bronze - Peach Gala
Bronze - 2010 Seyval
Bronze - Embrace
Bronze - Desire

Glorie Farm Winery
Gold - 2010 Cabernet Franc
Silver - 2010 Black Currant
Bronze - 2010 Synergy

Hudson-Chatham Winery
Gold - 2008 Chelois
Silver - Merlot
Silver - 2010 Hudson River Valley Red
Bronze 2010 Old Vines Baco Noir
Bronze - 2010 Baco Noir Reserve
Bronze - Paperbirch Bannerman's Castle Amber Cream

Millbrook Vineyards & Winery
Double Gold - 2010 Proprietor's Special Reserve Chardonnay
Gold - 2011 Tocai Friuiano
Silver - 2010 Proprietor's Special Reserve Cabernet Franc
Bronze - 2010 Pinot Noir Block 5 East

Oak Summit Vineyard
Silver - 2011 Chardonnay

Robibero Winery
Double Gold - 2011 87 North
Silver - 2011 Merlot
Bronze - 2011 Artic Riesling

Tousey Winery
Silver - 2010 Queen of Clermont
Silver - 2011 Rebellion Rosé

Tuthilltown Spirits
Gold - Hudson Baby Bourbon
Gold - Hudson Single Malt Bourbon
Gold - Hudson Four Grain Bourbon
Silver - Hudson NY Corn Whiskey
Silver - Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
Gold - American Fruits Black Currant Cordial
Bronze - Warwick Rustic American Gin

Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery
Gold - 2010 Petit Verdot
Silver - Brandy
Bronze - 2011 Reserve Chardonnay
Bronze - Rosé

Special thanks to Debbie Gioquindo who organized the event on behalf of the HVWGA. An excellent panel of judges, and a well run event.

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