• Amarone Loves Corvina

    Dried, Pressed Grapes

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

    Certain grape varietals dominate the consistency of certain wines. The marriage of the Corvina grape, after drying for four months, then pressed, create a wine that is full of depth, flavor and unlike other wines. That wine is Amarone.The grape, Corvina, is what makes Amarone special. This article deals with that.

  • Do Bourbon Barrels And Zinfandel Mix

    Nice Nuance

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

    A new group of wine drinkers prefer their Zinfandel aged in bourbon barrels. It's the small nuances of charred vanilla on the palate that makes the difference. To achieve that consistantly, makes me want to jump on the bandwagon.

  • A Gewurztraminer From Alsace Worth Buying

    A Thriving Family Business

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 10th, 2018

    Since the early 1800's, the Baur family from near Colmar, in France's Alsacian region, has owned several plots of land in this rich, limestone and clay soil area, known for Gewurztraminer (white wine). The family started bottling the wine in 1950 and now thrives with great grandson, Arnaud running the operation.

  • Detroit Wineries

    Not Just Cars from Motown

    By: Anne Siegel - Sep 29th, 2018

    Most folks have no idea of Detroit’s winemaking history. In 1702, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac wrote about the vineyards he planted along the Detroit River (some of the first in North America). Prior to Prohibition, Kownacki notes, several Michigan wineries existed. One of these became known as St. Julian Wine Company, which today produces more than 50 different kinds of wine.

  • Feel The Heel of Puglia

    Primitivo di Manduria

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 08th, 2018

    Puglia is referred to as the 'boot or heel' of Italy. It is located easternmost on the bottom of Italy and has 325 miles of coastline, whch helps enhance the grapes from the province. The wines are interesting and kin to American Zinfandel, a varietal dominant in the northwest.

  • Copolla's California Wines

    More Than Making Movies.

    By: Matt Robinson - Oct 09th, 2018

    While he may be best known for directing award-winning films like “Apocalypse Now” and the “Godfather” series, Francis Ford Coppola ( was a winemaker before he was a filmmaker.

  • Primitivo Di Manduria: Puglia's Wine

    The Land And Sea Of Puglia

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

    Primitivo di Puglia is a deep red wine from the heel or better known as the boot of Italy. The area is hot and dry, but fortunately has 325 miles of coastline. The varietal, Primitivo, grows on rather flat land that slopes into the sea. The result is a thick skinned grape that is full of fruit and high alcohol. It is known as Zinfandel in America. The root and distance cousin of Primitivo came from Croatia.

  • Exploring Spectacular Biltmore (Wine Included)

    Vanderbilt's Chateau Near Asheville

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 27th, 2018

    The Biltmore Estate, near Asheville, North Carolina, is a 250 room mansion that opened on Christmas Eve, 1895. The Vanderbilts lived there until 1930, when the property was opened to the public. Presently, it is the state's top tourist attraction and home to a vineyard and winery that produces close to a million bottles a year.

  • Campania Historical Ties Motivate Villa Raiano

    Irpinia Terroir

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

    The Basso family from Avellino in Campania is motivated by the area of the world that they live in. The terroir and history of Campania, with its seaside of the Amalfi Coast, its pizza from Naples and the buffalo milk that is responsible for mozzarella di bufala has historical significance. Villa Raiano believes in the past and is now growing in the future with young family members taking over the daily grind at the vineyard.

  • Affordable Bila-Haut Languedoc Wines

    Michael Chapoutier Estate

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

    The 2017 vintage from Bila-Haut is a very good value. Maybe its the Euro exchange rate,but, these two wines, especially the white are people and party friendly. Michael Chapoutier has a knack for growing the right grapes at the perfect slope. These wines illustrate his mastery.

  • Wairau River in New Zealand

    Top Family Estate Winery

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jan 07th, 2019

    Phil and Chris Rose and their five siblings and extended family run and manage this rare family estate in the Marlborough region of the South Island of New Zealand. Besides bottling amazing wines, the winery is hailed as a mecca for local foods, all served in their Cellar Door restaurant. The food was so exquisite that a recipe is included in this article.

  • Drinking Wine From A Pringles Canister

    Does It Add To Complexity

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Jan 21st, 2019

    I was intrigued when I read the story about a Texas woman who was riding an electric shopping cart in the Walmart parking lot at six in the morning. Not only was she riding the electric cart, she was drinking wine from a Pringles potato chip canister. That intrigued me and I had to try it out.

  • Piper-Heidsieck Flows at Oscar Nominations

    Lots Of Milestones

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jan 22nd, 2019

    Each year, Piper-Heidsieck, the official Champagne of the Oscars, throws a party to celebrate the nominations. Attending the party is lots of fun. The highlight is always the Champagne.

  • Tacos Ring the Bell

    Route 20 Out of Pittsfield

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 24th, 2019

    Meeting on a Saturday afteroon in the dead of winter the agenda was a wine stating at Spirited in Lenox. First lunch at a new taco joint just up the road from Pittsfield.

  • Experiencing Ancient Bobal

    The New/Old Grape Fom Spain

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 15th, 2019

    Wineries have loved the Bobal grape for many years. They used it primarily as a blending grape. Today's new age of winemakers believe the grape can stand on its own. After sampling dozens of wines made with the varietal its hard to disagree.

  • Roses For All seasons

    What Roses I Am Drinking

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 16th, 2019

    Its spring time in New England and the flowers are blooming. The bears are out of their dens and the days are longer. As a devoted wine person and year-round Rose drinker it has been a wonderful journey this past winter to narrow down the Roses i have sampled to a few favorites. I recommend them for your summer libations.

  • Nino Franco Winery Celebrates 100 Years

    A Focus on Proseco

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 18th, 2019

    Its been one hundred years since the Franco family started in the Prosecco business. Who knew Prosecco existed so many years ago? The Prosecco varietal is now known as Glera, the new name of the grape. This way there is no confusion with the town of Prosecco and the DOC label attached to the wine. The Franco family have been pioneers of present day Prosecco, especially Primo Franco, who is known as the 'architect' of modern day Prosecco.

  • Pisco--Peru's Answer to Spirits

    Makes a Great Mixer

    By: Philip Kampe - Apr 26th, 2015

    Pisco came into being as a way to use leftover grapes that were undesirable for winemaking. The distilled grapes were turned into a high-proof spirit.

  • Have You Found Your Summer Wine

    Value and Quality Count

    By: Philip Kampe - Apr 28th, 2015

    Decopas is a perfect affordable wine. The tradition in Argentina, as in many countries, is that after the conclusion of a work day, Happy Hour begins. Argentineans have their own expression for Happy Hour, which is, ‘De copes’ or by the glass.

  • Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz

    May 29-31st featuring Martha Stewart

    By: Philip Kampe - May 14th, 2015

    Taste over 700 wines and food from throughout the world at Mohonk Mountain House

  • Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic 2015

    August 13th to 16th

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 16th, 2015

    Sample hundreds of wines paired with gourmet food at Tanglewood's 10th Wine & Food Classic on August 13th-16th.

  • 'Nino Fanco' Winery 100 Year Anniversay

    Who Knew Posecco Was One Hundred Yeas Old?

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 15th, 2019

    Prosecco seems like a new phenomenon. Surprisingly, it is not. The Nino Franco winery, from northern Italy has been peoducing Posecco for one hundred years. Who knew?

  • Ferraton Pere & Pils 2015 Saint-Joseph Rhone Valley Wine

    A Real 'Tour De Force'

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jan 10th, 2019

    Don't wait too long to find Sera Imports 2015 Saint-Joseph 'La Source' Rhone Valley wine. The wine delivers well above its $30 price point and will be one of those special wines to splurge on. It has a long finish, is spicy and shows you what a 100% Syrah wine can do.

  • Whiskey: Why It Is Preferred

    Do You Like Ice Cubes?

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 28th, 2018

    Recently, the medical journal, Springer, published an article dealing with the various types of bacteria found in bar ice. This article shares the results with you.

  • Zeni Winery And The Bardolino Wine Museum

    The Wines Of Lake Garda

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

    If you visit the Zeni Winery in Bardolino (Veneto) you will have the opportunity to visit a museum dedicated to the winemaking history of the region, plus, if you are adventurous, you can take an aromatic test to identify what you smell. Its all a lot of fun.

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