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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, July 10, 2013

Whitecliff, Baldwin Take Home Gold From California!

Shawangunk Wine Trail’s member wineries, Whitecliff Vineyard and Baldwin Vineyards, were awarded gold medals at international wine competitions in California.

At the 33rdSan Francisco International Wine Competition, Whitecliff Vineyard in Gardiner received a Gold medal for their 2012 Traminette, a Silver for their Mt. Laurel and a Bronze for their Riesling.
At the Long Beach Grand Cru, one of the top international wine competitions in the U.S., Baldwin Vineyards in Pine Bush received a Double Gold medal for their Strawberry Wine and a Gold for their Raspberry Wine.
“We are very proud of Whitecliff Vineyard and Baldwin Vineyards,” said Randy Maduras, spokeswoman for the Shawangunk Wine Trail. “These awards prove once again that Hudson Valley wines can compete on an international stage.”

The San Francisco International Wine Competition is the largest international competition in the United States. The 2013 Competition was held at the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco on June 14,15and 16. 4,539 wines were judged this year from 29 states and 30 countries by a panel of over 50 experts in a blind tasting.

The Long Beach Grand Cru is held by Dan Berger, syndicated wine columnist and publisher of Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences. There were approximately 1,500 wine entries in the 2013 competition, which was judged by a panel of professionals in the wine industry.

Both Whitecliff and Baldwin are located on the Shawangunk trail. Shawangunk Wine Trail is composed of 14 distinct wineries. The wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail range from large to small and feature a variety of award-winning red and white wines, from sparkling and fruit wines to sweet and bone dry blends.


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