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.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Poughkeepsie Journal: Shawangunk Wineries Win Bling!


Christop Brown of Kingston holds a glass of wine up to the light at the Benmarl Winery in Marlboro in this Poughkeepsie Journal file photo taken Tuesday, March 5, 2005, to check the progress of the wine's color as it matures. Benmarl Winery took home a gold for their Proprieto’s Reserve, along with four other silver medals, at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, held March 23 and 24 in Rochester. / Adam Richins/For the Poughkeepsie Journal

Written by Megan McCaffrey
The Journal News

If you’ve never visited the Shawangunk Wine Trail, this might give you the push you need. Several Hudson Valley wines received awards at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, held March 23 and 24 in Rochester, and the eleven wineries that make up the Shawangunk Trail, which spans Orange and Ulster counties, took home a total of 23 medals.
The competition covered more than 3,500 wines from every state and 20 different countries, as well as four Canadian provinces. The panel of judges hail from all over the world and recognize wines for their individual presence, balance and varietal character.

Baldwin Vineyards in Pine Bush, Orange County, received gold medals for their Strawberry Wine, Raspberry and Triogy wines, in addition to a bronze for their Anthony’s Vintage. Benmarl Winery in Marlboro also took home a gold for their Proprieto’s Reserve, along with four other silver medals. Brotherhood in Washingtonville, Orange County, deemed America’s Oldest Winery, also won bronze for the 2011 Dry Riesling and 2011 Pinot Noir.

For a complete listing of all the competition winners, check out the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition website at

For information on planning a visit to the Shawangunk Wine Trail, visit their site:

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