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.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013


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We take great pleasure in announcing the HVWC’s great new promotion for summer 2013, the Hudson Valley Wine Country Scavenger Hunt. The scavenger hunt will take place from 10 AM, Friday, August 2, 2013 to 5 PM Sunday, August 11, 2013.

The HVWC Scavenger will allow individuals and teams the opportunity to travel the length of the valley’s wine county, and experience all there is to sample of the great wines of the region.

The idea is to promote Hudson Valley wine and offer an exciting new way to introduce summer vacationers to Hudson Valley wine.

Consumers will enter online only using Eventbrite. Contestants will pay a $15-20 fee, which will go to the HVWC. This fee will pay for a limited tasting at every participating winery. Each winery will offer three wines of their choosing for a limited tasting menu for contestants. Any contests who want a full tasting will have to pay for it. After the tasting is complete, they will be handed an easy puzzle to solve. When the puzzle is solved, then they will be awarded a piece of Booty. Booty can be a cork with the winery’s name on it, a label, coaster, whatever the winery wants it to be. It must be consistent. The winery must award the same booty to every contestant. The contestants are awarded 1 point for eachpiece of Booty acquired from throughout the valley. All contestants will be handed a small passport, as means of proof of entry. All participating wineries will be given passports to hand out.

Each winery will be given two Golden Bottles (treasure). One Gold Bottle will be hidden somewhere in a tastingroom or grounds (completely up to the participating winery) on Friday, August 9, 2013. The second treasure will be placed into hiding on Friday, August 16, 2013. A difficult puzzle will be written for each participating winery to give contestants who have completely correctly the Booty challenge. This puzzle will help the contestants discover a Golden Bottle (one per winery per weekend). The Golden Bottle is worth 6 points.
The entire game will be monitored online on our Facebook page. As part of the game, contestants will have to post or tweet to gain points, and confirm treasure or booty. A leader board will be established, and updated once or twice every 24 hours during the duration of the event.

The Hunt Master is Patrick Blindauer who is a professional puzzlemaster. Has written dozens of crosswords, Sudoku, and logic puzzle books, as well as having edited dozens more. His puzzles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and other national publications. Patrick is among the most highly regarded puzzle editors in North America. He organized the prestigious MIT Boston Scavenger Hunt 2012.
Prizes at the end of the promotion include a weekend stay at Palaia’s vineyard guesthouse for 4-6 people, a mixed case of HV wine for second place, and a half case of HV wine for third place.

Attached is a photo of one of the unique golden bottles. Each numbered bottle will be signed by the owners/staff, and marked with that winery's label or brand. A proposed scoring system is also attached. HVWC reserves the right to change or modify the rules up to and before the time the contest begins.

Participating wineries include:
Adair Winery
Amorici Vineyards
Altamont Vineyards
Baldwin Vineyards
Benmarl Winery
Brimstone Hill Winery
Brookview Station Winery
Brotherhood Winery
Glorie Farm Winery
Hudson-Chatham Winery
Millbrook Vineyards
Palaia Vineyards
Robibero Vineyards
Stoutridge Vineyards
Tousey Winery
Warwick Vineyards and Distillery
Whitecliff Vineyards
We are very excited about this incredibly innovative and exciting new promotional opportunity! This is just one of many more things the HVWC will be promoting this year. Will hope you are excited about it too!


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