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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.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Kettleborough Dry Cider - Excellent

I recently tried some Kettleborough Dry Cider. The name "Kettleborough" comes from the moniker of the original settlement of the area where the cidery is now located.  Kettleborough was inhabited by the LeFevre family whose descendants still live in the New Paltz area.  The old Kettleborough School House still stands adjacent to the orchard that has since been planted on their land. 
Kettleborough has instantly become one of the darling ciders of the Hudson Valley. It can be found in a number of foodie stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

According to their company website: Kettleborough Cider House was founded in 2011 by Tim Dressel.  The Dressel Family has been growing apples in New Paltz for four generations, beginning with Tim's Great-Grandfather Fred Dressel in 1923.  After graduating from Cornell University in 2007, Tim returned to the family business and still works there full-time.  Kettleborough Cider House was born out of his love of horticulture, farm business, and oenology (wine-making).  Coming from our apple-growing heritage, we know that great hard cider begins with great apples.  Therefore, we have begun planting nearly-extinct varieties of apples that are better suited for hard cider production than your typical grocery store varieties. 100% of the apples used to make Kettleborough Hard Cider come from trees on Dressel Farms.  
This is Kettleborough's flagship cider. Their Dry Cider is a departure from sweeter run-of-the-mill hard ciders that have always dominated the market. This cider is made from a blend of Northern Spy and Granny Smith apples. Big green apple taste I balanced by a great acidity. This is a wine drinker's cider. This is meant to pair with food, like you might a fine sparkling wine. It's almost like a dry Prosecco. Very light, delicate. A lovely, complex cider. Excellent. Perfect to serve in a pint or a champagne flute.


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