GRAPE GETAWAYS...
Trips to Wine Country and More!




WHO WE ARE...

Dean Gamanos founded Grape Getaways in 2004. You'll meet Dean if you join us on one of our trips since he is the tour guide and trip coordinator. Dean serves as President of Grape Getaways and is a wine aficionado who hasn't found a style of wine he doesn't like. He has organized dozens of wine tastings for his fellow Columbia alumni as well as for his restaurant clients (in his day job Dean develops advertising and communications programs for retailers and restaurants). He first developed a love for wine when as a summer student in Dijon, France he visited the great vineyards of Burgundy. Dean is a big fan of Long Island's East End and its vineyards which he tries to visit frequently.

Dean is also founder of the Greenwich Wine Society which was established in 2008. The Society was recognized by Greenwich Magazine's 2013 "Insider's Guide" which had this to say:

"Join and nosh everywhere from Toscana to La Cremailare to enjoy specialized food and wine pairings, sipping only events at art galleries and jaunts to nearby vineyards. You'll learn about everything from Barberas to Muscats to Tempranillos and make new friends too. The groups annual Prosecco Party held in the Spring is a big hit."

Ned and Dean
Ned and Dean
The "Grape Getaway Guys"

Dean is assisted at times by his long time friend, Ned Towle, Grape Getaway's "Grape Guru". Ned has a great tasting palate as well as extensive knowledge about things oenological. He is Certified as a Wine Educator and a Wine Judge and has worked in the Manhattan retail wine business. Ned worked in all aspects of wine growing and wine making at Chateau de Mayragues in southwestern France, as well as two other French vineyards. Whereas Ned may occasionally participate in a Grape Getaways' tour and serves as wine advisor, in recent years he has had to devote more time to his primary endeavor, The Westchester Wine School (www.WestchesterWineSchool.com).

 


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