• 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.

  • The Finger Lakes, Gateway To American Wines

    Riesling Rules

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jun 26th, 2018

    Only hours away from millions of people, the Finger Lakes, located in central New York state, is home to a large wine making population. With over one hundred twenty vineyards, located on or near one of the eleven lakes, the Finger Lakes 'cold climate' wine culture thrives year round, focusing on the Riesling varietal.

  • Valpolicella Is A Summer Wine

    Soft Fruity Best Chilled For 20 Minutes

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

    Valpolicella, a wine from the Verona area, in the Veneto appellation, exhibits summer drinking potential when chilled for twenty minutes. Like Peosecco and Rose wine, Valpolicella, a red wine, has a soft and fruity profile, one that loves the summer desire, as well as year round.

  • Valpolicella the Whole Story

    The History Of Unique and Affordable Wines

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Jul 30th, 2018

    Valpolicella has always been a favorite wine of mine, probably due to my father. At a very young age, under ten years old, he introduced me to Valpolicella and Cream Sherry. Over fifty years later, my love for both wine varieties still lingers.

  • 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.

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