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Carlo DeVito has traveled around the US, France, Spain, Chile, Canada, and Italy. He has been a publishing 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. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, Michael Lewis, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the founder of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and former president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country. His the author of more than 20 books including The New Single Malt Whiskey, Big Whiskey, and the forthcoming The Spirit of Rye.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

El Paso Winery - Maryl Vogel Making Great Wine

The El Paso Winery is a winery in Hudson Valley with a happy atmosphere and friendly staff, always ready to help out customers. El Paso winery as it is now was founded in 1998- but the actually winery has persisted since 1977 when it was founded by Felipe Beltra. Felipe was a spanish winemaker from Uruguay, and he built the vineyard up with his own hands. The Winery was purchased by Ms. Vogel in 1998 and revamped- but the effort and heart that was put into creating the original winery persists today- in the immense support and drive that goes into maintaining the high standard El Paso winery has set for itself.


Vogel didn’t expect to be purchasing the winery when she stopped in on a trip to New Jersey. She had already retired, and she already had plans for a side project in the works. But she couldn’t stop thinking about the winery after seeing it for herself- and within a year, she owned it. Evidently she made a good decision, and customers agree. Customer reviews speak for themselves- universal praise for the taste of the wines and the classiness of the decor and atmosphere of the winery- as well as the beautiful surroundings and countryside activities. You can dine along the creek, enjoying the floating water as you enjoy your meal. If that’s too slow for you- go hiking after your meal, and then stay in one of the many hotels in the area. Boat rides on the hudson or a walk through the countryside- this winery has no shortage of beauty, internal or external. And that isn’t even mentioning the beauty of the night- where you can enjoy a delicious taste underneath a beautiful sky.

People call the owner of the winery, Maryl Vogel, a friendly and knowledgeable affable owner- and a person who definitely adds to the experience of trying out the wines and spending time in the beautiful place. Not to say that she is the only factor that adds to the experience- Vogel has set up beautiful garnishes to the main event, including gorgeous hand-blown wine glasses, gourmet wine biscuits and chips, and delicious salsas of the winery’s own creation. Vogel has even created many of her own wines- showing a passion for the craft that adds to her service.

The winery does it’s actual job well- customers of the winery call the wines “delicious”, and show an obvious “emphasis on flavor”. The winery allows customers to taste their first 4 wines for free, and allows for two free wines with the purchase of a case- with all wines having an amazing value for the quality provided. A large selection of delicious wines- notably including two “Reislings”- among a large quantity of other high quality wines.
Evidently, the warm and sophisticated atmosphere hasn’t detracted at all from effort put forward to maintaining the quality of the product provided. In fact, the El Paso Winery has combined these ideas of customer service and high class wines directly, offering customized personalized labeling (all hand designed) and deals involving special events. When asked what she thought her best wine was, Ms. Vogel had some issue picking out just a single one! Eventually she was able to come up with the “dry, red, Black Bear” She describes it as “beautifully smooth and with a beautiful nose- a wine for everyone.” Visitors can purchase this wine and enjoy it with some of the homemade Sangria that Ms. Vogel makes every weekend.

    Rated highly by it’s customers for very good reason, El Paso winery is a destination. With amazing customer service, no shortage of activities to do, and a large quality selection of wines, the only doubt in a visitors mind is if they have the time to get to it all. When customers were given an opportunity to say anything they liked about the winery, one comment rose up above all- the place is like family. They’re so warm and friendly, that we feel “we can’t wait” to go again.
Profile written by Jorden James HWVC media staffer



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