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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, April 18, 2014

Steve Barnes, Albany Times-Union: Albany Distilling Wins National Awards

Albany Distilling wins awards for spirits
Posted on April 15, 2014
by Steve Barnes, senior writer
Albany Times-Union

The Albany Distilling Co. won received awards for its Ironweed Rye Whiskey and both the Quackenbush Still House Original Albany and Albany Amber rums. The judged competitions took place in March at the American Craft Distillers Association’s convention and trade show in Denver and the American Distilling Institute’s annual Craft Spirits Conference in Seattle. Ironweed Rye Whiskey earned a gold medal in the whiskey class from the ACDA and a bronze medal for rye whiskey less than two years old from the ADI. Quackenbush Still House Original Albany Rum and Albany Amber Rum both earned bronze medals from the ADI. Participants in both competitions came from across the United States. 

The new Albany Amber Rum is the aged version of Albany Distilling’s original white rum and is the company’s homage to the the Quackenbush Still House, Albany’s original 18th-century distillery. The rum is aged for a minimum of six months in used Ironweed Bourbon Whiskey barrels. Tasting notes from the distillery describe a taste of molasses “complemented by flavors of vanilla and spice imparted from the oak.”

Still House Albany Amber Rum is available in 750ml bottles for a suggested retail price of $42.99. Find it in better area restaurants and liquor stores. (Because it uses Caribbean molasses, the rum cannot be sold at the distillery.)
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