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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 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. 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 lives with his wife, pet publisher Dominique DeVito, their two sons, their two dogs, and their numerous goldfish.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Hudson Valley Winemakers Gather at Cornell Cooperative Extension Grape School in February

If it's a rainy/snowy day in February in the Hudson Valley, chances are that the Cornell Cooperative Extension is holding it's yearly grape school classes.

These are always informative, thoughtful presentations, which are sometimes difficult (talking bugs and chemistry isn't my bag), but I always learn something. And it's really important information that's being imparted. Michael Migliore, President of the HVWGA, and owner of Whitecliff Vineyards (with his wife Yancey) always works with the Cornell folks to set up a very worthwhile day. He has done a great job here in the valley.

Because of difficult weather over the last few eeks, attendance wasn't what it normally is, but many people took the time and made the effort to avail themselves of the opportunity to network, chat, and learn something.

Jan Palaggi of Palaia Vineyards

Greg Esch (Brotherhood vineyard manager in Columbia County), John Bruno (owner, Oak Summit Vineyards), and Doug Glorie of Glorie Farms Winery.

Tony Trigo of Clermont Vineyards.

Doug Dundas (aspiring vineyardist from Columbia County) and Bruce Tripp, winemaker, of Ray Tousey Winery.
Despite the lack of numbers, it was, as always, a very, very worthwhile day.


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