Host Carlo DeVito travels to the Upper Hudson Wine Trail to Schaghticoke, NY, to visit Gerry and Mary Barnhart at Victory View Vineyard. The award-winning Victory View makes amazing wines and was the subject of a full feature story in the New York Times.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Host Carlo DeVito goes to Sonoma County, California, to Glen Ellen, to visit Robert and Laura Schermeister at Schermeister Winery, This small, artisanal, boutique winery is producing outstanding wine using all natural fermentation and all the wines are unfiltered. Absolutely spectacular wines. And of course, you;ll also get to meet Eli! Special thanks for this video to food, wine, and travel writer Elizabeth Smith who was my companion and who set this visit up!
Monday, September 21, 2020
Host Carlo DeVito brings you the mid-Hudson Valley, to Tousey Winery in Germantown, NY. Located not far from the Hudson River, and located between two of the region's most famous mansions - Clermont and Olana. Ben and Kimberly Peacock head an all family member winery that is producing outstanding sparkiling, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc. A fantastic visit!
THE GREAT AMERICAN WINERY STROOPWAFFLE EPISODE 10: SILVER THREAD VINEYARD Host Carlo DeVito travels to the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in New York's Finger Lakes. Co-owner Shannon Brock makes an appearance. Love Silver Thread. A small quality producer who is solar powered and uses sustainable growing methods. Small, focused line up of incredible wines. Love their Rieslings, Chardonnay, and Pinto Noir. Great stuff from Silver Thread Vineyard!
Host Carlo DeVito and wines, beers, and spirits enthusiast Rich Srsich visit Billsboro Winery on the west side of Seneca Lake, in New York's Finger Lakes Region. Co-owner Kim Aliperti introduces one of their wines. Vinven Aliperti continues to impress all comers with his wines. Great wines from the Finger Lakes.
Join host Carlo DeVito as he goes into the Willamette Valley, in Oregon to visit Brooks Winery. At Brooks they only grow Noir and Riesling. And they do them really well. Really well. Beautiful heartwarming/heartbreaking story of family and friends coming together to make great wine.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Host Carlo DeVito visits the famed Durant Vineyards at Red Ridge Farm in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Durant was among the first farms to grow grapes in Oregon (which they sold to wineries across the state), and has been making their own wine since 2003. Paul Durant has made 20 years worth of wine, and has handed over the day-to-day operations to Spencer Spetnagel. Durant also grows and presses it's own olive oil. And you'll get to see that as well! Exciting stuff!
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Now you can binge watch about the wineries in your favorite region! The Finger Lakes! Come and binge watch seven of your favorite wineries from one of America's premiere wine regions! What a great time to catch up on what's going on this region !
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Thursday, August 20, 2020
There are two men whom I seek advice from when it concerns east coast wine business. Scott is one of those two He is one of the smartest and most accomplished owners in New York state.Scott Osborn, a Rochester native, studied abroad in Kenya, India, Thailand, Japan, and England. He worked in real estate in Lake County California, then started working in California wine. He worked at Konocti Winery, Firestone Vineyards, Zaca Mesa, and Byron Winery. He moved east in 1985 working for a wine distributor, and then General Manager of Pindar Vineyards on Long Island. He bought Fox Run in 1994. On Christmas day of 1998, Scott married his long time sweetheart, Ruth Worden. Scott has turned Fox Run from a small winery to one of the most widely distributed quality wine brands produced in New York state. Scott is constantly working to reduce the environmental impact of the winery. Scott has served as President of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. And He is a founding member of the New York Wine Industry Association.
One of the best decisions Scott made was to hire Peer Bell. Peter brings a science-based, rationalist approach to winemaking. Peter has made the wine here for more than 25 years. Peter works closely with Vineyard Manager, John Kaiser, who has worked the land at Fox Run since 1984. And of course he has the trusty and experienced Assistant Winemaker Lindsey VanKeuren, who has been with Fox Run since 2012.
Bell studied enology in Australia and made wine in New Zealand before landing in the Finger Lakes. He was the winemaker at Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars for five years before joining Fox Run in 1995. In addition to making wines at Fox Run he also helps at other area wineries, holds an adjunct faculty position at Cornell University, and speaks at numerous wine conferences throughout the year.
He is one of the most influential winemakers in the state. Bell regularly hosts regular tasting groups for winemakers in the Finger Lakes region.Someone once asked me, “What’s the big deal about Peter Bell?It’s this simple. He has been the most helpful winemaker in the Finger Lakes and has mentored dozens of wine makers in the region and around the state. He is finny, erudite, and a damn doog winemaker. And he plays a mean banjo.Accomplished Constellation Brands winemaker August Demiel once quipped like many others, he attended the School of Peter Bell.Peter gives credit to owners Scott and Ruth Osborn. “When I was hired here, co-owner Scott Osborn was explicit about his vision that all Finger Lakes wineries should work together to create a regional brand,” Bell said.
The first wine rich and I tried was the Kaiser Vineyard Chardonnay An incredible cool climate barrel fermented chardonnay. A lovely, lean light white, filled with green apple and mineral notes, but with a light touch of oak. Beautiful Elegant. Complex Well balanced Truly an international wine. Wonderful
The Sylan Riseling was very special. A lovely, elegant and European styled reserve wines. Sppecial.
The dry rose was a very pretty fruit forward wine with a big nose of fresh cut strawberries and light red raspberries. Creamy middle Impressive zippy ending. Beautifully well balanced and refreshing.IKEHU is their unoaked Cabernet Franc. Big fresh ripe cherry and dark raspberry lead the attack on this stainless steel wine. Great tannins. Well balanced. Easy drinking. Great mouthfeel. Super food wine. Bought more than a few bottles of this one.Cabernet Franc Lemberger was also a pretty red that had great red stewed fruit and terrific acidity. A wonderful food wine. Versatile Easy drinking.
Last but certainly not least was the Fox Run Fine Old Tawny Port. A big, unctuous fortified wine, aged 5-10 years. Big mouth full of caramel figs dates and maple syrup. Absolutely outstanding!!