In some ways, this new partnership was inevitable — and it’s certainly been a long time coming. Carlo DeVito, our new editor-at-large, is a long-time friend who has been writing about East Coast wines — from Maine to Virginia — for longer than almost anyone both in books and on his blog, East Coast Wineries.

He’s a long-time publishing executive who has written nearly two dozen books on topics ranging from Mark Twain and Yogi Berra to puppies and goldfish. As an editor and publisher, he’s worked with wine, beer and spirits writers like Kevin Zraly, Oz Clark, Matt Kramer, Jeff Jensen and Mike DeSimone, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Jim Meehan, Stephen Beaumont and Joshua M. Bernstein.

He’s been chasing me for a book for years. One day, maybe that’ll happen.

In the meantime, he’s joining the team to write about issues and topics related East Coast wine. His experience writing about the various regions — along with his perspective as a winery owner — should result in some really interesting, thought-provoking stories.

Carlo is also pushing me to revive my “The Cork Report” podcast, which fizzled not long after it was born a couple years ago — while also volunteering to be my co-host. Anyone who has spent any time at all with the two of us together will tell you, we share a pretty interesting chemistry that — if it translates to podcasting — could make for some fun listening. Look for more on this side of things soon.



About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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