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, July 19, 2013

Happy Bitch Releases Two New Wines

Debbie Gioquindo has been on the Hudson Valley wine scene for a long time. She’s a grade A wine pro with marketing chops, and a palate that matches. Her ascent in the wine business has been almost straight up! Originally a blogger, she has been a steward, a judge, and held her own wine competitions around the state, as well as being a regional brand director, and now she has her own wine label. Flat out, she knows what she’s doing and she knows her way around. Her label, with friend Keryl Pesce, is Happy Bitch Wines, a woman-owned and focused wine brand. The brand was even featured in the New York Times.
They released two new wines in June 2013. The new wines, a Sauvignon Blanc and Pink Chardonnay, are a follow up to the semi-sweet Rose that launched the wine brand in November of 2011.
The Pink Chardonnay (96% un-oaked Chardonnay and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) is refreshing and has nice minerality with flavors of green apple and a hint of red berry. 
Why a Pink Chardonnay?
“We’re all about happy. Creating it, spreading it, and sharing it.” says co-founder and author of Happy Bitch, Keryl Pesce. “Adding a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon to the Chardonnay not only creates a great tasting wine and pretty pink color, it’s just more fun. It definitely makes for a happier glass of wine!”
The Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing with topical notes, soft acidity and a hint of lime. It is nicely balanced without being too grapefruity or grassy.
Both wines are sourced from Maule Valley, Chile and will be bottled in the United States.
“Our Facebook fans, Twitter followers and women we meet in person have been asking us to bring them more wines. We love and appreciate our “fans”, and we listen to them. We’ve taken their requests and input, held multiple tasting trials and are so excited to now offer these two new wines.” says co-founder Debbie Gioquindo, CSW and wine blogger known as the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess.  
How will their target market like the new wines?
“We had a few sample bottles and have given a few people sneak previews. When the unanimous response was for their faces to light up and ask us when they could get the wine, we knew we were on the right track.” says Gioquindo.
“It’s so fun to be in a position to make your own rules.” Says Pesce. “Add to that, the fact that we are women, we really know our market, and we intuitively know what’s going to fly.”
The two wines will be available in New Jersey in June of 2013 and are distributed by Shorepoint Distributing Company in Freehold, New Jersey. Beginning July of 2013, the two wines are available in New York State through Empire Merchants North.

The wines will retail between $10.99 - $12.99.

Happy Bitch is a brand that began when Keryl Pesce put her ex’s affair and subsequent divorce to good use and wrote the book “Happy Bitch” to help other women overcome challenge and live happier. Living well IS the best revenge!

After being downsized, wine educator and blogger known as the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess, Debbie Gioquindo, CSW, responded to Pesce’s Tweet asking for thoughts on producing a Happy Bitch wine. Seeing an opportunity to flip off the corporate world and follow her passion for wine, she teamed up with Keryl.

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