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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bounty of the Hudson 2014 Photo Album

The Bounty of the Hudson is in the books now. It was a great weekend down at the Bounty of the Hudson 2014 at Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, NY. Here I am with Bryan Van Deusen of Hudson-Chatham Winery on the way to the festival.

Kim Wagner of Stoutridge Vineyards.

Ryan and Tiffany of Robibero Winery.


Robert Eldrige from Brimstone.

David Pazdar from Pazdar Winery.

Francesco Ciummo of Demarest Hill Winery with his grand-daughter Victoria.

Marc Stopkie of Adair.
Doug Glorie from Glorie Farm Winery, Brad Martz from Whitecliff Vineyard, and me.

Randy of Warwick Valley! 

 The other really cool thing about the event were the open tours through the wine vaults of Brotherhood which is celebrating their 175th Anniversary. They even have a new book written by Bob Bedford. But the tours in the caves were incredible. A lot of fun!!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bounty of the Hudson July 25-26, 2014!!!

July 26-27 - Noon to 5pm
Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive
Washingtonville, NY 10992

All of the wineries on the Trail will be there, plus others from around the Hudson Valley. With your $28 ticket, you can sample delights from the best of Hudson Valley wineries and food producers, shop local cuisine and enjoy live music throughout the day!

With this year’s host, Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery, celebrating their 175th anniversary, plans are underway for additional activities and demonstrations to make this Bounty of the Hudson extra special!

Ticket is good for one day only and includes a wine glass & wine tasting at all wineries at the festival. Ticket prices include taxes and processing fee. Event is held regardless of weather. All tickets sales are final. No buses please.

Tickets Advance: $28
Tickets At the Door: $38
taxes & fees included
Eventbrite - 19th Annual Bounty of the Hudson Wine and Food Festival

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Visit Vortex Hudson Valley: Summer Cocktails and Bitters

Here's my article in the current Visit Vortex Hudson Valley magazine Summer 2014! There's nine recipes made with Hudson Valley distilled spirits and a whole section on Hudson Valley bitters and shrubs! It was a fun article to write.
Special thanks to Kelley Slagle, the mixologist and owner of Farm to Glass Tours.

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Drink Local Wine and Taste Camp Announce Partnership; Chose Hudson Valley for October 2014!

TasteCamp 2014
Drink Local Wine and TasteCamp Announce Partnership
TasteCamp 2014 to Kick Off Drink Local Wine Week
Hudson River Region October 10 - 12, 2014

July 1, 2014 (Hudson River Valley, New York) – Drink Local Wine, the organization whose goal is to bring greater attention to regional wines, announces a partnership with TasteCamp, an annual event that immerses writers and bloggers in a new-to-them wine region. TasteCamp 2014 will take place in the Hudson River Valley October 10-12, 2014 and be the kickoff event for Drink Local Wine Week 2014.

“DLW and TasteCamp have had very similar missions from the very beginning,” said Michael Wangbickler, President of the Board of Directors for Drink Local Wine. “With the decision not to hold a Drink Local Wine Conference this year, it made sense for us to partner with TasteCamp for this year’s event. It provides us with the opportunity to continue our focus of highlighting local wine and supporting a great event.”

Founded in 2009 by Lenn Thompson, executive editor of New York Cork Report, TasteCamp invites influential drinks writers and bloggers on a weekend-long immersive experience in a specific wine region. The annual event has generated significant media attention for the areas in which it has taken place, offering emerging wine regions an opportunity to present their wines to a passionate outside audience, and an opportunity to shine a different light on local wine production and create new conversations with local winemakers. After the inaugural year in Long Island wine country, TasteCamp has taken place in the Finger Lakes, Niagara (both Canadian and New York sides), Virginia, and Quebec.

“I’m quite thrilled to have DLW involved in TasteCamp this year,” said Lenn Thompson. “While the objective of TasteCamp has been more focused than that of Drink Local Wine, the ultimate goals have been the same: to bring greater attention to wines outside of the biggest and most recognized regions. This will help DLW extend its reach and allow TasteCamp to gain a wider audience.”
TasteCamp 2014 will take place in the Hudson River Valley of New York state, and will include winery and distillery tours, local wine and food pairing, and optional dairy tour and cheese tasting. Hudson Valley Wine Country is the title sponsor for the event.

“The winemakers, distillers and cidermakers of the region are thrilled that the first combined Taste Camp/DLW destination is the Hudson Valley,” said Carlo DeVito, co-owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery and president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country. “As the birthplace of American wine, where we have the oldest continuously functioning winery and the oldest continuously producing vineyard in America, it is an affirmation of all the hard work this region has done to create a quality farm beverage culture in the backyard of New York City.”

TasteCamp 2014 will be the kickoff to the 2014 Drink Local Wine Week (formally known as Regional Wine Week). Drink Local Wine Week is an annual event that recruits and encourages bloggers and wine columnists to write something about their local wines. It is the original activity on which Drink Local Wine was founded, and continues to this day to increase attention for local wines among both the wine trade and consumers.

TasteCamp is an event for the trade and media. Space is limited, but those interested in attending TasteCamp 2014 may visit or www.drinklocalwine.comto register or find out more information

Parties interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Carlo DeVito at
Disclaimer: Lenn Thompson is also a member of the Drink Local Wine board of directors.
Drink Local Wine is an organization founded on the principal that there are great wines to be found everywhere, not just in the best known regions. A non-profit organization, the DLW mission is to promote the wines of these lesser known regions throughout the United States and Canada.  The brainchild of Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post and Jeff Siegel, who writes the Wine Curmudgeon blog, the organization holds two major events each year — a conference highlighting local wine and Drink Local Wine Week, when bloggers and writers from across the continent write special pieces about their favorite local wines.

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