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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Champagne Collet, the 'Art Deco' Champagne by Philip S. Kampe








      
On New Year’s Eve, Champagne Collet was poured to our guests to celebrate 2017, the ‘Year of Collet’-something I jokingly said to our guests.

Now, four months later, Champagne Collet is making a resurgence into the marketplace and is making a name for itself after the brands history is beginning to catch on with the public.

Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend a dinner where the Champagne Collet portfolio was poured and paired with exquisite complex food. The mousse held up well with all dishes and, once again, proved the fact that you could serve Champagne from soup to nuts and afterwards as an aperitif. This has always been a challenge and one that quality champagne can stand up to.

Champagne Collet , historically, was the first cooperative in Champagne (1921)

Today, total production is 500,000 bottles (41,000 cases). The main three champagne varietals used are: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.  These grapes go into the ‘Premiers and Grand Crus.’

What I sampled at the wine dinner:

Champagne Collet Brut Art Deco ($42)
40% Chardonnay  40% Pinot Noir  20% Pinot Meunier
Aged 4 years minimum in chalk cellar

Champagne Collet Blanc de Blancs ($49)
100% Chardonnay
Aged 5 years in chalk cellar

Champagne Collet Brut Rose ($49)
50% Pinot Noir  40% Chardonnay  10% Pinot Meunier
Aged 4 years in chalk cellar

Champagne Collet Collection Privee 2006  ($69)
55% Chardonnay  45% Pinot Noir
Aged 7 years minimum in wood

Champagne Collet Esprit Couture  ($120)
50% Pinot Noir  40% Chardonnay  10% Pinot Meunier
Aged 5 years minimum in chalk cellar


Aging, when in wood, takes place in barrels from Champagne’s regions forests.

Champagne Collet has embraced the Art Deco period as part of its identity. The Champagne’s are cellared far beyond the minimum standards and the results show the sophistication and elegance in each bubble.



       

Philip.kampe@thewinehub.com 
Philip S. Kampe





Thursday, April 20, 2017

WILCO, the Band, and the SOLID SOUND Festival is Coming to Mass MoCA by Philip S. Kampe



Hello-
All of my wine friends.
I wanted to share this with all of you.
I am a big supporter of music and festivals that are unique.
This is one and only happens every two years in North Adams, Massachusetts.
Join me and the 5,000 participants (a very small number) this June 23rd-25th.
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Mass MoCA, the grounds where the Solid Sound Festival takes place, is only SIXTY-THREE (63) days away until the opening of  the 2017 WILCO Music & Arts Festival, (Friday, June 23rd to Sunday, June 25th)

As a true Solid Sound Festival fan, and an attendee from day one in 2011, I go through withdrawal during the two year hiatus. The festival only takes place on the odd years and 2019 is too far away to think about.  

If you haven’t purchased your ticket, yet, there is still time, even though the clock is still clicking. The new generation, fortunately, waits to the last minute to make decisions-even big ones, like the Solid Sound Festival.

Although this festival is close to being SOLD OUT, there is still time to purchase tickets-a three day pass is still available or single day tickets, as well.

Go to: www.solidsoundfestival.com to secure tickets.

The Solid Sound Festival is not only music. Add comedy, art and overnight camping to the itinerary.

The key to the festival is to bring an umbrella, folding chairs, blankets, sealed or empty water bottles, a stroller if that is you and sun protection.

Coolers, large bags, large umbrellas and large backpacks will not be admitted.

Rain or shine, the festival goes on. Ask anyone about the monsoon on Friday night in 2013, when WILCO was on stage.
 It wasn’t pretty.

The lineup for all three days has just been released.
This is what we have to look forward to:

Friday, June 23rd

WILCO
Dave & Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones
Nancy & Beth
Dawn of Midi
Alloy Orchestra Presents Man with a Movie Camera
DJ Funkhauser

Saturday, June 24th

WILCO
Television
Kurt Vile & the Violations
Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers
Kevin Morby
Robert Glasper Experiment
The Shaggs
Deep Sea Diver
Big Thief
Jeff Parker Trio
Alloy Orchestra presents Page of Madness
Joan Shelley
Kacy & Clayton
John Hodgman
Michael Ian Black
Eugene Mirman
Aparna Nancherla
Nick Offerman
Jean Grae’s The Show with DJ Quelle Chris
Bread & Puppet
DJ Funkhauser

Sunday, June 25th

Tweedy & Friends
The Neils Cline Four
On Fillmore
Quindar
The Autumn Defense
Andy Shauf
Mark Bittman
Idris Ackmoor & The Pyramids
Daniel Bachman
Max Hatt
Edda Glass
Gustafer Yellowgold
Story Pirates

Be there or be square!

Philip S. Kampe
philip.kampe@thewinehub.com