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, May 27, 2013

Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival 2013 A Success!

Josephine Proul from Local 11
The Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail hosted the first major wine festival of the season over the Memorial Day weekend in hosting their wine and food festival at the Columbia County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday. It was the first festival that featured wines, beers, and spirits from New York and Massachusetts. It was largely made possible by Governor Cuomo's legislative shove resulting from the Wine, Beers, and Spirits Summit in 2012. 

Fred LeBrun of the Albany Times-Union

The festival was a major success drawing thousands of people from as far away as Boston
and New York, as well as Connecticut and New Jersey, and was jammed packed despite soggy, torrential rains.

CIA Trained Chef Mike Castellano
Seminars were well attended with everything from cooking classes and demonstrations by local well known chefs, as well as beer and wine seminars. Speakers included Fed LeBrun, The World Wine Guys, and Chad Polenz.

Read the review from THE REGISTER STAR of the wine festival:

Tarot by Prudence

Festival Goers Sarah and Sal Robles

The World Wine Guys Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jensen of Wine Enthusiast, and a author of THE FIRE ISLAND COOK BOOK and THE COMPLETE WINES OF THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE.

Chad Polenz, of Chad's Beer Reviews and the Albany Times-Union

A great time was had by all. See you all next year May 24 and 25, 2014!!!


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