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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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cabernet Franc Taking Root in the Hudson Valley

The recent Hudson Valley Wines & Spirits Competition 2012 sponsored by the HVWGA and held at Rhinebeck Fairgrounds last week at the Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival 2012 revealed a growing trend eemerging in the Hudson Valley - Cabernet Franc.

Cabernet Franc is now made by a number of wineries, and many are estate grown. Many fo the Cabernet Francs defintely nod more toward a lighter rtyled French version rather than the heavier California style. They are filled to the briom with bright cherry, good fruit, zippy acidity and well balanced tannins. They're not big and heavy, but are medium-bodied wines that go great with food! They're winning awards and they're getting great reviews. And more and more...they're being grown right here in the Hudson Valley!

Glorie Farm Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc won Best Red Wine, beating out perennial champ Millbrook Cabernet Franc. Both make estate wines. Benmarl's Cabernet Franc also did well.

Other wineries who make Cabernet Francs include:
Brimstone Hill
Clearview Vineyards
Hudson-Chaham Winery
Robibero Cabernet Franc
Stoutridge Cabernet Franc
Tousey Winery
Whitecliff Vineyards

Try a Hudson Valley Cabernet Franc!


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