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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.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Will Recent and Future Cuts Hamper Hudson Valley and New York State Wine Marketing - U Betcha!

Marketing cuts run deep
By Sarah Bradshaw • Poughkeepsie Journal • January 23, 2009

Quoted from the Poughkeepsie Journal:

In a recent newsletter to members, Wine & Grape Foundation Director Jim Trezise wrote the disappearance of state matching funds would likely collapse the foundation and its role of supporting the New York wine industry.

Trezise said state funds are used to fund the Cornell University grape research program, a dozen wine trails, five regional branding groups, advertising, a wine competition program and more.

Michael Migliore, owner of Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery in Gardiner [and Presient of the Hudson Valley Wine and Grape Growers Association], described the funding cuts as "serious and dire."

Migliore believes the region will lose support for the Cornell Cooperative Extension grape laboratory in Highland.

The purpose of the laboratory is to recommend to wineries the best grapes and pest management practices in order to improve quality of Hudson Valley wines.

Shawangunks affected?
In addition, Migliore estimated the marketing association that promotes the Shawangunk Wine Trail - a group of wineries in Ulster and Orange counties -will have to reduce its advertising by at least 30 percent.

"We're going to spend less money on promotional things, like when we'd go out and pour wine and try to get awareness at events about what Hudson Valley wines are all about," he said.

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