New York's Heritage & Hybrid Wines

with Carlo DeVito

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Many wine enthusiasts across the world enjoy and recognize wines produced from Vitis vinifera, the European grapevine species responsible for beloved Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. But winemakers in the Northern United States have recognize the potential of, literally, going back to our roots. The term “heritage” or “heirloom” grape apply to grapes that were bred and developed in the United States and are at least 100 years old as their own varietal of grape. Many heritage grapes that are becoming popularized in commercial production originate in the Hudson Valley of New York State. Hybrid wines, made from a cross of European Vitis vinifera vines and American Vitis labrusca or Vitis riparia grapes, have the reputation of being cold-hardy, resistant to pests, mold and rot. For wine lovers who are increasingly prioritizing minimal intervention in winemaking, and natural and biodynamic wines along with seeking out new taste adventures – these wines check every box. We invite you to join author and winemaker Carlo DeVito on this unique journey across New York to try wines you may not yet know. It could change everything you think you know about wine.

Featured Wines:

▸ Three Brothers Wineries & Estates 2019 Valvin Muscat Sur Lie
▸ Black Willow Winery Estate Diamond
▸ Fox Run Vineyards 2019 Traminette
Fulkerson Winery 2019 Vincent
Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery 2018 Vidal Blanc


This session was recorded live on December 15, 2020


  • Dan Gobush, Winemaker
    Fulkerson Winery (Finger Lakes)
  • Brad Martz, Winemaker
    Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery (Hudson Valley)
  • Kim Marconi & Paige Vinson, Winemakers
    Three Brothers Wineries & Estates (Finger Lakes)
  • Cindy West-Chamberlain, Winemaker/Owner
    Black Willow Winery (Niagara Region)
  • Peter Bell, Winemaker
    Fox Run Vineyards (Finger Lakes)

About the Moderator:

Carlo DeVito is a long-time wine lover, owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery, and author of many books and magazine articles, including 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 was also a publisher at Running Press Book Publishers, where he published books from Wine Spectator, as well as books with Greg Moore (of Moore Bros.), Matt Kramer, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. As VP and Editorial Director of Sterling Epicure his authors included Kevin Zraly, Oz Clarke, Tom Stevenson, Terry Walters, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, and the Edible Communities cookbook program.

Mr. DeVito has also been the editor of many successful traditional trade books, including Strange Fruit by David Margolick, On the Shoulders of Giants by Stephen Hawking, and three titles by Malachy McCourt. Other authors include John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, Philip Caputo, E. O. Wilson, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift.

He is also the author of more than 15 books, including his highly acclaimed biographies of D. Wayne Lukas, Wellington Mara, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto.