• Wine Distributor Zachary Marcus Cesare Harris

    Specialises in Italian Vintages

    By: Zachary Marcus Cesare Harris - Oct 14th, 2020

    I am the President and CEO of Ikavina Wine and Spirits, LLC and the brand-owner of “Wanna Be” Wines; the meaning has a lot more, just remember that Yahoo and Google made no sense at first. I am essentially the rebel of Black people in the wine industry, and I am one of few African Americans involved in importing and distribution.

  • Two Great Sustainable Wines From Chile

    The Vineyard Is Next To The Pacific Ocean

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

    Five years ago I had my first meeting with winemaker Alejandro Galaz, who produces dozens of wines from Chile. We focused on a couple of wines that he brought to lunch, a Pinot Noir and a Sauvignon Blanc. Both wines were special in 2014, as well, as in 2019. Galaz is known as a cold climate winemaker. The proof is the Kalfu 2017 Pinot Noir, as well as the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc.

  • El Regajal Winery Is Madrid’s Finest

    Home To 77 Butterfly Species

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Feb 07th, 2020

    When you think of Spain and its wineries, you think about butterflies. Well think again, as you read about El Regajal Winery and winemaker Danny Garcia-Pita. It is a remarkable combination.

  • Hungarian Cabernet Franc

    My Dad's Nickname Was 'Cab Franc'

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 11th, 2020

    Everyone has a story to tell. Not all of us have wine stories. This is one about my Dad and why I went into the wine business.

  • Sea Slopes

    Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

    By: Philip S, Kampe - Feb 13th, 2020

    Some California Chardonnays are often too buttery and oaky for the palate. A little oak is good and not overpowering, as is the case with this brilliant bottle of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.

  • Bobal a Grape To Learn About

    Great Wines From Utie-Requena

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Mar 25th, 2017

    The area near Valencia, Spain is rich in wine heritage. For over 2,500 years wines have been made. Due to the overpowering grape of Boba it has turned this region into a wine area that wine lovers appreciate.

  • Not All Rose Wine Are Created Equal

    La Nuit En Rose

    By: Philip S. Kampe - May 22nd, 2017

    Rose is a French term that we all associate with French Rose wines from Provence. Well, the world has changed-Roses are from everywhere in the world.

  • TAP Wine Tour of Portugal

    Day One in Lisbon

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 22nd, 2017

    In mid November there was glorious, summer-like weather during the TAP Wine Tour. We were among 70 journalists from the States, Europe and Brazil. Over three days of bus and airplane hops we visited the major regions and quintas or estates in Portugal. Even for experienced food/ wine/ travel writers this was a rare opportunity. There were four daily vineyards or tasting rooms with several wines at each stop as well as five paired with gourmet meals for lunch and dinner. This is a report on day one, a Monday, which previewed the launch of the three day tour that ended with a TAP Gala in Porto.

  • On TAP in Portugal

    Wine Tour Day Two

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 23rd, 2017

    The wine tasting officially started in the late morning on the terrace of Quinta da Alorna. Some dozen or so wines later, after an elegant lunch, we flew to another region and Esporao. There was a third tasting and dinner at Monte da Ravasquaira. It was lights out at 2 AM then back on the bus at 9 AM. It was a pace that continued for the three day TAP Wine Tour.

  • TAP Tap Tap in Portugal

    Day Three of a Wine Tour

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 24th, 2017

    By day two of the TAP Wine Tour we were locked into an endurance marathon. We tasted the wines of several regions; the Alentejo, Dao and Douro. Off schedule by two hours we arrived after dark at the venerable and ancient Quinta do Bomfim Symington. After a long hard day I passed on a late dinner that ended at 1:30 AM. The extra sleep helped to get back on track for the third and final day of the program which ended in Porto.

  • Chiaretto-A Lighter Shade Of Pale Wine

    A Chiaretto Revolution Is About To Reach America

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 24th, 2017

    Rose wine sales have been growing in double figures during the past three years. Provence rose has led the way in sales worldwide, with many countries following. Italy will now enter the marketplace with Chiaretto, a rose made with red grapes.

  • TAP Dancing in Portugal

    Final Day of Wine Tour

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 25th, 2017

    Concluding the TAP Wine Tour after three days and many tastings I'm now a fan and convert. ASAP I plan to find a case of the Alvarinho style of white wine. Hopefully it will evoke ecotic memories of ancient quintas and elegant gourmet meal pairings. Even the best trips, however, have their challenges and pratfalls.

  • Vigneti Villabella an Italian Estate

    Escape To Lake Garda And Sample Chiaretto

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 25th, 2017

    After a forty year renovation, Vigneti Villabella has transformed into a viable member of the Relaix & Chateaux World Class Hotel group. The property is in the middle of a sustainable vineyard that overlooks Lake Garda, less then an hour from bustling Verona.

  • 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.

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