• TAP Gala

    Annual Awards Celebration for Wine and Tourism

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 26th, 2017

    For its annual TAP Gala the Portuguese airline pulled out all the stops. It was a spectacular evening of food, drink, awards and entertanment. There were some 350 VIP guests assembled in a vast Porto warehouse. The event ran well past midnight ending with a performance by renowned Fado singer, Ana Moura.

  • TAP Is On The Move

    TAP Re-Brands

    By: Maria Reveley - Nov 27th, 2017

    TAP Airline of Portugal re-brands and becomes the largest promoter of Portugal in the world. Led by Abilio Martins, VP, of TAP, the airline has invested for the future resulting in great results since 2015. Marketing Portugal through its fine wine and cuisine is an important part of its new image.

  • Hanging Out With Brad Smith

    In Search of Exquisite Port in Porto

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 28th, 2017

    Brad Smith, a fellow traveler in the TAP Wine Tour is a port authority, reaconteur and comedian. It was a non stop flow of information, insights and humor as we paired up for day trips first in Lisbon and then during the following weekend in Porto. The experience evoked hints of apricot, explosions of flavor, with an aftertaste of Dante and Poe.

  • The 2017 TAP Wine Tour

    Visiting ,the Douro Region.

    By: Maria Reveley - Nov 29th, 2017

    The 2017 TAP Wine Tour culminated with visits to the regions of Portugal which produced the winning wines for TAP's 2018 flights. Choosing to promote Portugal through its fine cuisines, with five Michelin-starred chefs, and the best quality Portuguese wines as determined by a panel of wine experts, TAP hosted over 50 journalists to visit the winning areas.

  • Tinazzi Winery and Cooking Class

    Drink Chiaretto While Making Pasta

    By: Philip S, Kampe - Nov 30th, 2017

    One of my favorite wineries in Italy, Tinazzi, is actually two wineries. One near Lake Garda and the other is in the boot of Italy, in Puglia. Both wineries are family run and produce affordable wines.

  • Bettilli Cristiana And Valetti Winery

    Two Tastings At One Vineyard

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 29th, 2017

    What a wonderful way to taste Chiaretto, Italy's rosé wine. At one vineyard, the Valetti Vineyard, a family run vineyard in Italy's Lake Garda district, the opportunity arose to sample Valetti's Chiaretto side by side with Cristiana's organic Bardolino Chiaretto. Both wineries produce classic chiaretto.

  • TAP Enhances the Portuguese Experience

    Michelin Star Chefs And Top Portuguese Wines on Flights

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 01st, 2017

    TAP Airlines cares about their country and customers. Somewhat like a tourism company, TAP prepares you for a Portuguese experience starting 40,000 feet above the earth. Fine Portuguese wines are paired with dishes designed by Michelin Star Chefs. There are videos that educate the viewer about the Portuguese experience.

  • Judging Wine At 40,000 Feet

    Sampling 600 Wines For TAP Airlines

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 11th, 2017

    The tedious work of sampling six-hundred plus Portuguese wines for TAP airlines in-flight wine service was an involved project. There were ten wine tasters, seven from Portugal, two from Brazil, and myself from America . Wines were first sampled on the ground and then the top fifty were sampled in the air on a round trip flight from Lisbon to Prague.

  • Pay Attention To Israeli Wines

    Quality, Not Quantity Is The Focus

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 12th, 2017

    Since Biblical times, wine has been produced in Israel. Originally for religious observances, but, now for consumers, who compose 85% of the market, with the United States, as the leading importer. Kosher wines are produced the same way as non-kosher wines. For that reason, consumers are looking at the wine for what it s, not because its Kosher. Six wines were sampled for this article.

  • Quinta da Alorna-Wines from Tejo

    Founded in 1723

    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Reveley - Dec 29th, 2017

    Five generations have farmed this vast land located two hours east of Lisbon, Portugal. Farming includes crops, forests and grapes. The estate is sprawling and impressive architecturally. Wine production with emerging technology has catapulted these reasonably priced wines into the world market.

  • The Jewel Of The Douro Valley

    Since 1880 Ramos Pinto Has Produced Port

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jan 07th, 2018

    The Ramos Pinto brothers founded Ramos Pinto in 1880 and marketed the port wine producing company to Brazilians. They commissioned remarkable artworks illustrating their products and guerilla marketing practices. Today, the posters are iconic and the new owners, Champagne Roederer, have been following in the footsteps of Antonio and Adriano Ramos Pinto.

  • Sandro De Bruno, A Winemaker To Remember

    Soave Is Now A Worldclass Wine

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 15th, 2018

    Soave Bolla once was an inexpensive wine with little depth or complexity. It was an accepted wine and used often for parties and entertaining. Times have changed, although Soave Bolla has remained the same. Winemakers have been lured to the volcanic soil that is in the Soave region and brought Soave and other varieties, like Durello, to new heights.

  • Gotta Have Godelia

    Great Winery From Bierzo, Spain

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 18th, 2018

    Two great wines were dropped off at my front door. They proved to a pleasant surprise. We share a taste test of affordable wines at under $20 a bottle.

  • Celebrating 50 Years Of Valpolicella

    Education About Producing Sustainable Italian Wine

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 19th, 2018

    Sustainability, with the goal of 60% of the wine region following safe environmental practices is the two year goal of the Consorzio Tutelage Vini Valpolicella, the unified body of the appellation.

  • VinNatur: Pesticide-Free Wines

    Angiolino Maule's Concept Is Reality

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 21st, 2018

    Imagine over 170 wineries from nine different countries following stringent rules to achieve their goal of pesticide-free wines. The project was spearheaded by Angiolino Maule and has grown to a movement throughout the world.

  • Spring Is Time To Buy Summer Wine

    Fifteen Dollars And Under

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 20th, 2018

    Are you looking for wines that are light and perfect for the summer seaso? I have found three that cost under $13 a bottle.

  • Easter Wines During A Nor'Easter

    Tuscany Is Famous For The Sangiovese Grape

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 21st, 2018

    Choosing the right wines for your Easter meal is often a hard task. Two recommendations for your Easter table are contained in this article. All you have to provide is either lamb, pasta with red sauce or pizza.

  • Wild Yeast Wines Are In

    Sulfite Free Wines Are Here

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Apr 05th, 2018

    The Wild Yeast wine movement is here to stay. Organic and biodynamic grapes, unfltered and on occasion, sulfite free.

  • Malbec World Day On April 17th

    Its Time to Celebrate

    By: Philip S. kampe - Apr 10th, 2018

    Each year on April 17th, wine lovers celebrate 'Malbec World Day." The tradition started in Argentina and now throughout the world ia celebrating this wonderful varietal. Malbec originated in France, was wiped out due to phylloxera, and rebounded in Argentina as early as the 1850's. Today it is a National treasure.

  • Lucien Albrecht Wines From Alsace

    Great Cremants And Still Wines

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Apr 25th, 2018

    Wines from Alsace, an area that was French and German have history on their side. The regions culture and traditions have been preserved for centuries, just as the wines from Lucien Albrecht, who, started in 1425.

  • Antica Wines Of Napa Family Owned

    The Antinoris of Tuscany Founded Antica Wines in 1986

    By: Philip S.Kampe - May 01st, 2018

    Antinori Winery from Tuscany is the oldest, active, wine producer in the world. In 1986, the company bought property in Napa Valley and founded the Antica Winery. After 30 years, the winery is well known for wines that maintain the same high quality as the wines from Antinori have done for their entire existence.

  • Miner Winery A Napa Favorite

    A Family Story

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 01st, 2018

    The Miner Family Winery in Oakville, California, part of Napa Valley, is a true family winery in existence for the past twenty years. Dave Miner and his wife, Emily, founded the winery-possibly as an escape from the software life Dave Miner was living in the 1990s.. Two decades later, the winery has a cult following for its signature Oracle wine.

  • Umbria's Sagrantino Wines

    Prepare for Cool Nights And Hot Days

    By: Philip S.Kampe - May 04th, 2018

    In the 1960's, after nearly extinction, the Sagrantino varietal was revived and has come back and is known as one of Italy's finest grapes. Montefalco, in Umbria, is where this bold,concentrated grape thrives. Huge tannins take years to cool down. With daytime summer temperatures near 100F, cool nights are needed for this grape to survive. And it has.

  • 2016 Is A Vintage Port Year

    Possibly The Greatest Vintage Has Arrived

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 14th, 2018

    It is a rare occurrence for a Vintage Port year where all of the critics are hailing 2016 as one of the greatest vintage port years. After previewing the ports, I must agree that it is truly a banner year. Small yields mean that this vintage will be hard to find.

  • Finger Lakes New Vines Vineyard

    Unique Winegrowing Region

    By: Philip S. Kampe & Maria Revely - May 30th, 2018

    The Finger Lakes are New York states largest wine growing region, with over 150 vineyards crisscrossing the eleven Finger Lakes. One vineyard is home to New Vines B&B and is located within two miles of seven other vineyards. With a resident winemaker on premises and the use of local and homegrown crops for breakfast, it was easy to digest what the Finger Lakes region was about.

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