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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.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Hudson Valley Distillers Shine

It was something that had never happened before. Even though they al pretty much knew each other. For the first time ever, at TasteCamp 2014, al of the Hudson Valleys distillers were in one room (save Delaware Phoenix). That's a pretty tall order. These folks are in demand. And to get all of them in one spot for even a few hours is a big deal, but a representative from each distillery was there!!!!
It was a Grand Tasting of Hudson Valley spirits for the attending writers and bloggers of Taste Camp 2014 Hudson Valley, sponsored by Lenn Thompson and he New York Cork Report in cooperation with Hudson Valley Wine Country.
The event was held at Hillrock Estate Distillery, and Jeffrey Baker, the owner, played master of Ceremonies. After giving a tour, and introducing everyone to Dave Pickerell, the Master Distiller, the attendees were able to sample the Hillrock wares as well as other distilled products rom around the valley.
The fabulous Danielle Eddy, the PR wiz of HIllrock.
Timothy Welly, the man who keeps the trains running at Hillrock.
After the tour, the Grand Tasting commenced. It was something to behold watching more than a dozen writers mill about on a chilly October morning, sipping spirits before 10am in the morning. It's a hard job, but someone has to do it. In the end, it was an impressive showing. It showed the absolutely fantastic product coming out of the valley, and one of the three very strong pillars of the Hudson Valley beverage community, along with wine and cider.
Dutch's Spirits was there. 
Christopher Williams


Dave Pickerell of Hillrock with Monte Sachs of Catskill Distilling


Derek Grout and Ashley Hartka of Harvest Spirits


Monte of Catskill Distilling


Millbrook Distilling was also there.




The folks from Denningspoint showed up! 

And of course a contingent from Tuthilltown


The ubiquitous and wonderful Randy Maduras of Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery. 

The great folks from Hudson Valley Distillers made it in the nick of time. 


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