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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.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Hudson Valley Reporter Highlights Clinton Vinyards Wine Dedicated to Hillary Clinton

Hudson Valley Reporter

Dutchess County Vineyard Dedicates New Wine to Hillary Clinton Presidential Bid

Dutchess County Vineyard Dedicates New Wine to Hillary Clinton Presidential Bid

CLINTON CORNERS, N.Y. – A Dutchess County vineyard unveiled a new wine at a tasting reception last week and its owner said the vintage is dedicated to a Hillary Clinton presidency campaign.
Clinton Vineyards owner Phyllis Feder told the crowd that the new vintage, Victory White 2012, arrived with a “political agenda,”
“We’re uncorking this new wine to demonstrate our hope that Hillary will run for the presidency in 2016,” Feder said. “We invite her supporters across the country to join this effort.”
Hudson Valley Assemblywoman Didi Barrett called Feder “the First Lady of New York State wine and grapes” when the assemblywoman spoke last week at the reception and tasting to launch Victory White 2012.
Joining Barrett at the event were Rich Kleban of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce; Laurence Gottlieb of The Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance; along with Mary Kay Vrba, Lydia Higginson and Nancy Lutz of Dutchess Tourism.
Feder also received statements of congratulation from well-wishers that included County Executive Marc Molinaro; James Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation; Kevin Zraly, internationally noted wine educator and author; and Adam Parkhomenko, executive director of Ready for Hillary Political Action Committee.
Feder said the release of Victory White 2012 is the latest chapter in a Clinton Vineyards tradition of support for Bill and Hillary Clinton. She said Victory White was first released in 1992, inspired by Bill Clinton’s election, and a 1996 vintage was released for his re-election. Victory White 2008 also supported Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency.
Clinton Vineyards has produced a Victory White video by filmmaker David McDonald.that can be seen on the vineyard’s website and on YouTube.

The new wine was the recipient of the Double Gold Medal at this month’s annual Hudson Valley Wine and Spirits competition.
Feder said she will make a significant contribution to Ready for Hillary PAC.
Clinton Vineyards was established in 1976 on 100 acres of Dutchess County property in Clinton Corners. Its portfolio of award-winning wines includes Estate Bottled seyval blanc table wines, méthode champenoise sparkling wines and fruit dessert wines, sourced from local HudsonValley growers, including a celebrated cassis black-currant wine, the only domestically produced cassis that has won awards in international competitions.
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