Hudson River Valley Wineries

This blog is dedicated to news, events, profiles and reviews of fine food and wine in the Hudson River Valley. We especially feature and spotlight the burgeoning wineries of the Hudson River Region. We accept and will relay information about releases, events, festivals and any toher happening related to food and wine in the Hudson River Valley. Send pertitnent information to

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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.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hudson Valley Reporter: Hudson Valley Wine and Chocolate Festival February 9, 2014

Hudson Valley Reporter
First-Ever Hudson Valley Wine and Chocolate Festival Planned
Posted by: Sue Guzman Posted date: January 22, 2014
Hudson Valley Reporter

BREWSTER,N.Y. – Some would call it a heavenly pairing, chocolate and wine.

Partners with PARC is hosting the first annual Hudson Valley Wine and Chocolate Festival Sunday Feb. 9, just in time for Valentine’s Day shopping. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to securing the financial future of people with disabilities.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Putnam County Golf Course and will feature wineries and distillers from across the Hudson Valley and beyond, as well as a wide selection of chocolate, candy and food vendors, many from across the Hudson Valley.

Wineries and distillers include: Adirondack Winery, Amorici Vineyards, Glorie Farm Winery, Hillrock Estate Distillery, Hudson-Chatham Winery, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Pazdar Winery, Robibero Family Vineyards, Thousand Islands Winery, Tuthilltown Distillery, Warwick Valley Winery and Black Dirt Distillery, Whitecliff Vineyard. Additional wine and spirits vendors are expected, according to organizers.

Chocolate, candy and food makers will also be featured and sampling set up for customers. Vendors will include: Forget Me Not Cupcakes, Honey Brook Farms, Saratoga Crackers, Maya’s Jams, honey and honey products from Hudson River Apiaries, DW Sweet Confections, Heat Sweets, Aigner Chocolate, Emalyn Sweets, The Peanut Principle, and many more.

This year’s event sponsors include Putnam County Tourism, Cartwright and Daughters Tent & Party Rentals, Putnam County Golf Course, Eventful Magazine, Halston Media and the Mahopac News, and Examiner Media.

Tickets, in advance, are $25 or $10 for designated drivers, and available at
Tickets on the day of the event will be $30. For more information, regarding tickets and open vendor spaces, please call 845-278-7272, ext. 2287

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ledge Rock Hill Marquette 2012 Medals in San Francisco

Ledge Rock Hill Marquette 2012 earned a Silver Medal at the San Francisco Chronicles Wine Competition 2014 that just took place.

Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Corinth NY, Ledge Rock Hill Winery is located in the lake region of Northern Saratoga County. They are situated between Saratoga Springs and Lake George, and within miles of The Great Sacandaga Lake. They are a family run operation with a dedicated love and appreciation for the art of fine wine making.

The 2014 SFCWC judging is over with a record number of 5,825 entries from over 1,500 wineries from over 25 states in America- the largest competition of wines in America... Seven Wine Sweepstake Winners were selected along with the Wine Label Sweepstake Wine... These Sweepstake winners along with Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are listed on the website.

An impressive win for so many competitors from around the country! Congrats to owner Gary Akrop!!