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.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival 2013 Announces Schedule of Cooking Demos and Tastings

The Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival 2013


Saturday, 5/25
11-12 - Josephine Proul, Executive Chef, Local 111, Philmont, NY. Chef Proul will be demonstrating how to make chilled goat cheese & herb cream with arugula, crispy kielbasa, dill vinaigrette, and toasted almonds. With beverage pairing suggestions.
12-1 - Fred LeBrun, will talk about local winemaking in and around the Hudson Berkshire region and discuss winemaking in New York. Fred Lebrun has been the metro columnist for the Albany Times Union for 45 years. He has been a wine judge since the early 70's and the renaissance of the New York wine industry. Mr. Lebrun judges annual wine competitions in NY. OR. CA,IN, MA and this year OH. 
1-3 - Roger Savoy of Homebrew Emporium will discuss home brewing and cheesemaking. the Homebrew Emporium in Rensselaer, NY is one of the nation's original homebrew suppliers. Now with four locations, the Homebrew Emporium group is America's largest homebrew chain. Each location is open seven days a week and 359 days a year.

3-4 - Matt Scott, owner of Twin Maple Farm and Pampered Cow in Ghent, NY, will discuss Hudson Valley Cheeses and Cheesemaking: the growth and viability of local creameries, and what pairs best with the variety of offerings.






Sunday , 5/26
11-12 - Mike Castellano, a CIA-trained chef as well as the owner of Kinderhook Wine & Spirits, will demonstrate how to make asparagus grilled with mozzarella and prosciutto. With beverage pairing suggestions.
12-1 - Prudence Theriault, a local psychic, will speak on Tapping Into Tarot. Prudence is a Certified Tarot Master/Instructor. She is the host of TV Tarot, and writes a column for the Columbia insider.
1-2 - Chad Polenz will do a local beer tasting. Chad is a Capital District native who started Chad'z Beer Reviews in 2008.
2-3 - The World Wine Guys will be on hand, talking about Wine Tourism: Drinking Wine In The Land Where The Grape Was Grown, including how to get the most out of visiting wine regions, what to do, what to eat, and what to see. Tasting of local wines. Authors of THE COMPLETE WINES OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE and THE FIRE ISLAND COOKBOOK.

3-4 -That's Different Chocolates- Mark Shaw is a truck driver turned chocolatier. He will be relaying his story, and talking about how the wild chocolate combos came to life. Some of his new wine pairing chocolates  now make include Cinnamon-Apple, Pomegranate/Tangerine/Cranberry, Chablis/Wintergreen, and even a Keylime/Chipotle/Lemon Zest.


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