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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, March 01, 2013



Beginning Saturday, April 13th, this six (6) part experiential Winegrowing Boot Camp series is open to just 20 students who’ll participate in hands-on viticultural tasks and winemaking studies associated with the growing and making of Millbrook’s exciting Northern Italian white grape variety – Tocai Friulano. 2013 Dates: 4/13, 5/18, 6/1, 7/13, 10/19. 2014 Dates: 3/15

Under John Graziano’s watchful eye, students will tend to their own personal assigned Tocai vines located in Millbrook’s “Lollipop Hill” vineyard block. Each Saturday seminar will see participants rolling up their sleeves and plunging into vine pruning and tying, bud break, leaf pulling, harvesting and eventually, bottling.

Each participant will receive lunch, including a glass of wine, after each vineyard seminar during May through October at Millbrook’s Vineyard Grille. The program also includes a seat at the winery’s annual Tocai Celebration luncheon (May 18) and Harvest Party luncheon (October 19). A final closing luncheon will occur in March 2014 to celebrate the bottling of the wine. Boot Camp Participants will walk away with hard-earned fruits of their labor: a case (12 bottles) of the finished Tocai wine and the privilege of saying they helped make it!

OPTION 1: $795* (participant provides own transportation)
OPTION 2: $895* (includes shuttle service from Poughkeepsie train station but does not include round-trip price of Metro North train tickets)

*Cost includes all seminars, vineyard equipment, lunches, and one case (12 bottles) of personalized Tocai wine. Participants must be physically fit to provide manual labor in the vineyard. Participants must be able to lift 40 lbs.

To sign up visit (800-662-9463 x11)


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