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, August 07, 2013

Cereghino-Smith Continues to Make Great Wine

Fred and Paula are among my favorite people in the wine country. They are both no-nonsense folks. They steer clear of politics, they enjoy good rock'n'roll, and good food, and they just want to hang and make great wine. And they have their own vibe - a bi-costal thing, where they use California and New York grapes. They do it because they love it. They are having fun. They make some of the best wine in the valley, and their wines are on wine lists everywhere including the Culinary Institute of America.

It was great to run into them this past weekend at the Bounty of the Hudson, where they were featuring their wines, and again, as always, among the favorite winemakers on the scene. As nonchalant as they are, they are very serious about making serious wines with fun labels.
Cereghino Smith presents a rose’ wine using the Rhone varietals, Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Viognier...  This is a really a Rosato with big, big flavor. Big strawberries and raspberries come through, with a touch of Key Lime and a great, creamy ending. Just perfect for light summer fare. Fantastic!!!!!

Tarragona 2011 is a blend of 75% Mourvedre (Monastrell) and 25% Grenache(Garnacha). The grapes are sourced from California’s Amador County. Fred and Paula hand sort hem and vinify them in New York’s Hudson Valley. Unfined and unfiltered. This is an excellent, excellent medium bodied red, with big dark cherry up front, with leather, spice, mocha, and whisps of vanilla.

Eaten By Bears 2011 I their ‘Rhone style’ blend is a trio of robust varietals featuring Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache. Hand sorted and vinified in New York’s Hudson Valley. Unfined, Unfiltered ... Think of bright, young Chateauneuf-du-pape. When asked where the name came from: "When we moved from NYC to upstate NY to make wine, our friend Bernie Mooney suggested that we might be “eaten by bears” , hence the silly name." This is always one of my favorites from Fred and Paula.

I love these folks...and I LOVE their wines!!! You will too!


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