Hudson River Valley Wineries

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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 17, 2012

NYWGF President, Jim Trezise Reports on Hudson Valley

Several years ago, Clinton Vineyards augmented its Seyval-based line of table and sparkling wines with some intense and luscious fruit wines, including Cassis made from black currants. Ben and Phyllis Feder's pioneering vision has now been adopted by several other wineries in the Hudson Valley, making it the largest producer of artisanal Cassis in North America and the Western Hemisphere.

Now there's even a web site ( to let the world know about it. Currants may be red or black, but in either case are winter hardy and disease resistant, which means a reliable crop virtually every year. At this point, Hudson Valley wineries produce about 20,000 bottles per year, with the great majority sold right at the wineries: Adair Vineyards, Brookview Station Winery, Clinton Vineyards, Glorie Farm Winery, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Tousey Winery, Tuthilltown Spirits, and Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.

Cassis is the key ingredient in famous Kir and Kir Royale cocktails popular in France and many other countries, including the United States. The new web site includes more than 50 Cassis-based cocktails, as well as links to all the producing wineries.

The Hudson Valley has a more diverse portfolio of adult beverages than any other region, including wines, handcrafted spirits and ciders, and now Cassis. America's oldest wine region is now enjoying a renaissance. The region also got some great coverage this week in Serious Drinks as a result of the recent Vineyard Visits we sponsored as part of our New York City promotional program.


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