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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

Cereghino-Smith Little House White

Cereghino-Smith is one of the most unique wineries in the Hudson Valley. They make superb wines, and they do it with a left-coast vibe, mixing west coast and east coast fruit. I love the sense of independence there.

I have long been a fan of their Little House red, a blend 58% Petite Sirah from the West (Lodi, California) and 40% Cabernet Franc from the East (Finger Lakes) with 2% Petite Verdot create a big yet beautifully balanced wine. Aged for 14 months in hybrid American/Canadian Oak barrels. So when I saw their table at the recent Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival 2012, I was shocked to see Little House White!

Little House White is 84% Sauvignon Blanc and 16% Viognier. More opulent then the typical Sauvignon Blanc with notes of white pepper. Crisp, clean, and with a wonderful refreshing feel. Fantastic!

Congrats Paula and Fred!


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