Luiz Alberto, #winelover. Founder of the #winelover community, member of the Circle of Wine Writers, judge at International wine competitions, wine educator and communicator. /•/ Philip S. Kampe, #winelover: Growing up in New Orleans has opened my eyes to the world of wine, food, and culture. My heritage is a combination of French, British, and Hungarian. Add eight years of European life coupled with a wife of Italian roots and you will understand my journey into this amazing world.
Pár nappal ezelőtt, Lotte Karolina Gabrovits cikke“The power of passion,
the passion.for.wine.” annyira megmozgatott, hogy vissza menjek néhány évet az
időben, abba az idöbe mielőtt csatlakoztam az Institute of Masters of Wine-hoz.
Az az idő, amikor azt hittem, tudtam sokat a borról. Nos, nem tartott sokáig,
mig láttam, hogy tévedtem, de nagyon!
Plató azt mondta a “Republic” - ba, hogy sokkal
nagyob sebességel nö a tudás univerzuma mint a saját tudás növekedésének sebessége.
(a tudatlanság sötétségéböl a tudás fényébe). Más szavakkal, azt hittem hogy
bor tudásom elég nagy volt ahhoz, hogy a legtöbbet, amit csak tudni lehetett,
tudtam. (képzeljük el, hogy a "bor tudás" nekem csak olyan mint egy
nagy szoba). Az igazi kihívásal azonban nap mint nap szembe nézek: ujabb és
ujabb szobákra találok. A kapuk megnyitása az új realitásokhoz az út, amikröl
nem is tudtam, léteztek. Úgy érzem most, hogy meg kell öket nyitni, tudni kell ezeket
az "új" dolgokat amikre rátalálok az Institute diáka -ként. Az
eredmény az, hogy a világegyetem bővült exponenciálisan (ne feledjük, a bor
univerzum csak a nagy szoba), de a tudásom nőtt összehasonlíthatatlanul kicsit,
és az eredmény az, hogy úgy érzem, hogy tudom, hogy sokkal kevesebb most ... még
5 év intenzív tanulmányok után is…. Ez akkor paradoxon? Nem igazán. Azt is
tudom, sokkal több most, mint néhány évvel ezelőtt, de a valóság az, hogy
arányosan (hogy mit lehetne tudni) azt tudom, hogy végtelenül kicsit tudok.
Szóval, hol van a kapcsolat Lotte cikkével?
Nagyon egyszerű: Úgy volt, hogy egy másik hibát elkövettem amikor azt hittem
hogy a szabály "minél többet tudsz, annál inkáb tudodd hogy keveset tudsz"
csak a bor esetében igaz (és, persze, más területekre, amikben az emberekszenvedélyesek). És ismét ... tévedtem,
Hadd magyarázzam meg.
"The power of passion” ráébresztett valami igazán fontosra:
Én a tudást az egyik legfontosabb dolognak értékelem a rövid idő allat amit a
Földön töltünk. Az élet nem más mint a tanulás! (Ez magában foglalja a tanulás
szeretetét és a boldogságságot egyaránt. Ezek legyenek a célunk az életben)
És igen, úgy érzem, hogy én keményen dolgozom ezen,
hogy teljesítsem a küldetést, nagy erőfeszítésel, hogy úgy éljek egy életet
tanulással azzokon a területeken amikben anyira nagy a passzió. De a helyes
dolgokat tanulom? Nyilvánvalóan nem. Az alázat, amit Lotte megmutattot mindannyiunk
számára, nem valami, amit megtanultam… egyáltalán nem... Amikor megkérte hogy
szavazzak rá, minden, amit láttam az volt (vagy, amit jelenlegi rendkívül
versenyzö oldalom látott), hogy ezt a versenyt mint # winelover közösség - meg
kell nyerni és keményen dolgozztunk hogy így is legyen. Amikor úgy döntött, hogy
publikálja a cikkét, ő szavazatok számában vezetett, viszont, saját szavaival
élve, "ezt nem érzi igazságosnak", ezért úgy döntött, hogy megmutatja,
hogy valaki, ilyen fiatalon (ő 24) úgy tudja látni a dolgokat, ahogyan a
legtöbben nem. Ami engem illet, én megpróbálom a dolgokat ebből a szempontból a
következő alkalommal, amikor erre lehetőség nyílik így látni. Óriási karakterre
val, nem a "hatalom és dicsőség" csapdájába lépni és ö mond valami
ilyesmit: "Ok ... lehet hogy sok szavazatom van ebben a versenyben ... de,
hogy őszinte legyek, a legfontosabb nem a szavazatok száma, mivel nem én vagyok
az, aki megérdemli ennek a verseny cimét. "Próbálok nagyon nehézkesen
visza emlékezni, hogy én képes lennék így dönteni, ha ebbe az irányba haladna
nálam ,hogy csak egy kis ugrás lenne a nyerés (és hogy hires legyek), 24
évesen. Biztos vagyok benne, hogy a győzelemre hajtanék És Ön mit tett volna?
Ugyanazt, mint én? Azért kérdezem, mert úgy érzem, magam mint ha Lotte apja
volnék és had játszam a büszke apát, és amit csinált, az valami nagyon gyakori,
és a legtöbb gyerek ezt tette volna ...
Én nem látom, hogy igen gyakran történik, és
nagyon büszke vagyok arra, hogy öt ismerem, mint a barátom (vagy, mint
"fogadott lányam", ha úgy tetszik), de lehet, hogy csak én nem látom
a világot valaki más szemszögéböl ... Akárhogy is, még sok tanulnivalóm van és szeretnék
tanulni az életről ...
Különben így fejezte be levelét: "És
megint, nagyon köszönöm mindazt a támogatást! Nincsenek szavak kifejezni
hálámat ... de ha megengedik nekem, hogy még egy szivességetkérjek, akkor a következő lenne: Ha
valóban választani kéne, kérjem, adja meg szavazatát Dr. Mészáros Gabriellának.
Ő az egyetlen, aki igazán megérdemli ezt a címet. "
És én most hasonló módon beejezném: Lotte,
nagyon köszönöm ezt a gyönyörű leckét. Az alázat egy olyan értékes ajándék. De
ha kérhetek egy szívességet ... akkor az az lenne: Kérem, ossza meg ezt és
szavazzon Ön is. Lotte nagyon világosan kifejtette, miért Dr. Mészáros
Gabriella az a nö aki megérdemli, hogy megnyerje ... és én tiszteletben tartom.
De azt hiszem, van néhány jó hír: A rendszer a Facebook-on lehetővé teszi, hogy
úgy lehet szavazni hogy több szavazatott is lelehet adni... és úgy gondolom,
hogy valaki, mint te, Lotte megérdemli, ennji szerénységel hogy rád is
Ha egyetért a dolgokal amiket itt mondtam,
kérjük szavazzon mindkét Dr. Mészáros Gabriella és Lotte Karolinára. Biztos
vagyok benne, Lotte is igy tartaná igazságosnak!
for New Year’s by Philip S. Kampe
What a better way to usher in the New Year than to open a
bottle of the real stuff, which, we all know is Champagne.
Yes, I love Prosecco, Cava and Cremant, but the thrill of
pouring a real bottle of Champagne
on this special occasion seems like the only thing to do.
Especially this year.
We all have had a tough 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy. We need to relax for a
night andenjoy the crisp, lively, bubbly
flavor of Champagne.
Few categories of wine, and few products in general, have a more prestigious
reputation than Champagne.
As a true lover of the ‘bubbly’, I have found one company that consistently, in
all price categories, stands above the rest.
That company is Nicolas Feuillatte, one of France’s newest and best vineyards.
Nicolas Feuillatte was established in 1972 with the acquisition of a 25 acre
vineyard in Bouleuse, located in the Ardre
Valley in Champagne.
The company history is new compared to the century’s old Champagne houses that
exist near Reims. But, the quality and finesse
of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne
is equal to or often surpasses its rivals.
In 1976 Nicolas Feuillatte created ‘Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte’. Since its
inception, today’s portfolio has grown to 17 Champagne
varieties that are sold in the market, both vintage and non-vintage (NV).
David Henault has been the chief winemaker since 2011. He follows the
successful winemaker, Jean-Pierre Vincent, who was Nicolas Feuillatte’s
winemaker from the first vintage in 1976 to 2011.
David Henault worked with Jean-Pierre Vincent for seven years before taking the
I was fortunate enough to attend a tasting led by David Henault and realize why
he would be an obvious choice. He has vision, clarity and knowledge that is
rare a for a young winemaker at such a large Champagne
Nicolas Feuillatte created the Champagne
Nicolas said, ‘ Champagne
is a modern wine with a touch of soul tied to its history’. Many critics
proclaim, including myself, that Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne is ‘Wine with Bubbles’.
Several years ago I hosted a New Years Day Party and poured six Nicolas
Feuillatte Champagnes at a blind tasting for our guests. The guests included
numerous wine shop owners, buyers and friends that certainly know more than I
know about Champagne.
They have been in the business for many years and their palate was in tune.
The result was expected.
None of the guests guessed correctly that what they were tasting was Nicolas
Feuillatte. When I announced what they were drinking, they were in shock—I call
They did not realize that a business that began with a first vintage in 1976
can taste as good as the old-Champagne houses in Reims.
Nicolas Feuillatte does.
My recommendations for New Years and other times follow
those of the company.
The MUST HAVES are suited for every palate and every occasion:
Brut, Brut Grande Reserve, Brut Reserve, Brut Rose and Demi-Sec.
The REFINED are for the discerning palate in search of purity, authenticity and
Brut Vintage, Brut Chardonnay Vintage, Brut Extrem and Cuvee Speciale Vintage/
PALMES d’OR is the ‘Diva of Champagne’. Aged six years and wonderful.
Palmes d’Or Brut Vintage 1999 and Palmes ‘Or Rose Vintage 2005
LIMITED EDITION are bottles that are dedicated to the city and represent the
materials of today and the bygone age. Each bottle is unique visually.
City Spirit 2012 (Concrete décor on bottle) and City Spirit 2012 (Brick décor
The Champagnes of Nicolas Feuillatte are exciting and a good
value in today’s market.
I have written much in the past about Francois Lurton and
his ability to roam the globe in
search of the perfect plot of land to create vineyards that,
in time, have unbelievable results.
It is much like one looking for oil.
Francois Lurton has that ability in his DNA to create wines in areas that have
had some, but, not much recognized success.
To reach his goal on one project, Francois Lurton teamed-up with Michael
Rolland, a noted international oenologist and wine consultant. In a sense, they
are rivals that have the same goal in mind.
That goal is to find land and create a vineyard that will yield grapes that
will produce wines that will be written about for years to come.
The team of Francois Lurton and Michael Rolland found a plot
of land in the Toro region of northwest Spain, which satisfied their curiosity.
Michael Rolland explained that he wanted to make wine with Francois.
and the Toro region was a perfect location for this project.
Michael said that I had had some prior experience in the area and Francois and
I wanted to make wine in a hot region, so, Toro, near the Duero
river was a perfect answer.
The region received its DO (Denomination of Origin) in 1987.
The project started in 2000.
Together, they decided to plant the Tinto de Toro grape, a
variant of Templanillo. Their goal was
to produce a truly 100% Tinto de Toro at Campo Eliseo.
Michael Rolland said that he had visited the Toro region twenty years ago and
the wines he sampled were really dreadful. Even with awful wines, what Michael
saw was true ‘potential’ in the region. With Francois help, they had an
opportunity to create fantastic wines.
The land (vineyard) was close to the Duero river, which was perfect for drainage. In addition,
the terroir and warm weather conditions
helped mold their decision to create complex wines.
The team of Francois Lurton and Michael Rolland produced their first vintage of
Campo Eliseo in 2003. The last released vintage was 2009.
The two recently were in our country to show off their wines
from Campo Eliseo. They want us to see what progress they have made since the
original plantings in 2000.
In essence, the tasting of their wines is a culmination of twelve years of
They are showing the vintage progression form the original vintage to the
present release. In layman’s terms, they are giving us the privilege to taste
the wines of Campo Eliseo in what is called a ‘Vertical Tasting’.
The results were quite spectacular.
The consistency of the wines showed us the obvious characteristics of the Tinto
de Toro grape and how this pair turned their plot in Toro into a quality,
All vintages showed oak, dark fruit and spice.
My favorite vintage was the 2004, followed by the 2006.
Presently the 2009 is available for purchase with random stores selling past
The team of Francois Lurton and Michael Rolland have
achieved true success with the wines of Campo Eliseo.
Campo Eliseo is readily available at your favorite wine shop.
As a side note: If you can not find Campo Eliseo at your favorite wine shop,
look for other wines from Francois Lurton. He currently has vineyards in Chile, Argentina,
France and Portugal.
That is why they call him ‘The Flying Winemaker’.
Amanda Schark , an extremely knowledgeable and agreeable wine representative
who works for Charles River Wines alerted me that she would be pouring some
at Spirited Wines (Lenox, Ma) at their weekly, complimentary
I told Amanda that I have heard about O’Shaughnessy wines from peers, but, have
not had the opportunity to sample any of their well known Cabernet Sauvignon
The reality is simple.
The O’Shaughnessy Winery sells out of most vintages and rarely needs to promote
their wines. Due to a loyal customer base, which includes high-end restaurants
and collectors, few wine shops carry a large variety of O’Shaughnessy wines.
They are collectables.
After sampling a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, with Amanda, I can
easily understand why the world has gone wild for the entire O’Shaughnessy
I wanted more.
Amanda said that Luke Russ, O’Shaughnessy’s worldwide sales and brand manager
would pour other vintages at the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival. That
put a big smile on my face, as I attend the festival yearly (see my past
Berkshire Beacon articles).
Fast forward to the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival.
I meet Luke Russ and explained that my mission since sampling the 2008 Cabernet
Sauvignon, with Amanda, was to sample every vintage that has been in existence.
Luke explained the history of O’Shaughnessy to me.
He said that Betty O’Shaughnessy, originally from Minneapolis, was a cookingprofessional with a passion for wine. Betty
somehow landed in Oakville (Ca), fell in love
with the land, bought a home with a vineyard and started her Napa wine career in 1990. As time passed,
Betty acquired more land (Howell Mountain and Mount Vedeer)
so she could produce a variety of grapes that would lead her to her goal, which
was to produce a world-class mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
O’Shaughnessy Winery was now a reality.
A cave, a wine facility and a large enough variety of grapes to work was met
with approval by O’Shaughnessy’s first and only winemaker, Sean Capiaux.
Luke asked me if I wanted to meet Betty O’Shaughnessy and
Sean Capiaux and taste all of the vintages (2001-2010) that O’Shaughnessy has
I answered with a positive ‘Yes, that is my California wine dream’.
Luke said that he would make it a reality.
But, not today.
Luke was planning an ‘O’Shaughnessy Winery Thank You Tour’ that would feature
every vintage that has been released.
Both Betty O’Shaughnessy and winemaker Sean Capiaux would lead the selected
‘chosen’ attendees on a vertical tasting. The attendees would be the retail
stores staff and owners who have supported their wines throughout the years.
Luke mapped out the plan and said that he will see me in December.
I received my invite to attend the vertical tasting at ‘Corkbuzz’ in Manhattan.
The months passed slowly and the day finally approached.
I was the first guest to walk into Corkbuzz and was
immediately greeted with a glass of sparkling wine. It was eleven in the
morning and I was drinking sparkling wine?
It was a tease.
All I wanted was O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon.
After eating a few appetizers that paired perfectly with the
bubbly, the real ‘O’Shaughnessy Thank You Wine Tour’ began.
Luke introduced Betty O’Shaughnessy who, after a wonderful
historical speech about O’Shaughnessy introduced Sean Capiaux. Sean, the esteemed winemaker,
led us (less than 15 participants) into oblivion by walking us through the
vertical Cabernet Sauvignon vintages from 2001 to 2010.
To comment on near perfection from new vines is impossible.
Taste any vintage of O’Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon and your California wine dream
will begin, like mine did.
Doreen Winkler founder of Diamond Sommelier Services is hosting a wonderful wine event, featuring art, music and food. Join Sommelier Doreen Winkler and her staff at Space Gallery, 549 West 52nd Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues- 8th floor) and spend the evening with people who share a love of wine, art and fine food.
The event will include the opportunity to taste wines, served with perfectly paired hors d´oeuvres. The wines include:
NV Jose Dhondt, Blanc de Blanc, Champagne
2011 Pascal Jolivet Sancerre, Loire
2007 Sylvain Pataille Marsannay, Clos du Roy, Burgundy, France
The stylish evening event will feature live piano and violin performances by Peter Fancovic and Filip Pogady.
Myles Bennett, a world-recognized artist will feature his recent works.Myles
Bennett is an Architecture graduate of the Rhode Island School of
Design, and currently lives and works in Bushwick, BKLYN. Exhibiting
nationwide at such galleries as MAC Fine Art in Miami, Bennett Galleries
in Nashville, Elga Wimmer Gallery in Chelsea, and Storefront in
Bushwick, his work has also been collected by the Tennessee State
It is a rare occasion when I get so excited about each and every wine that I
sampled at a wine tasting. In this case, the wines were from Bordeaux.
The truth is, the wines from Bordeaux
have not been at the top of the wines on my ‘to try’ list for many years. Maybe
the reason is that I am partial to the Burgundies and haven’t really given the
wines from Bordeaux
a real chance to win over my fancy.
Thanks to a dynamic group of Bordeaux wine makers, my opinion or even
prejudice has been altered. Tracy Ellen Kamens, a highly regarded wine
educator, hosted a tasting of wines from a small group of Bordeaux winemakers. The group is
on a one week visit to the United
States to learn about American wine drinking
habits. What do we like in a wine?Are
our drinking habits different depending on what age we are? How can this group
winemakers establish links with the American trade, press and consumers? These
were the questions we discussed with Bordeaux
wine alliance director Frederique Dutheillet de Lamothe, while sampling the wines
made by this group of Bordeaux winemakers.
The winemakers and their representatives dissected our brains to help them understand the wine
market that exists in this country, as well as our perception as journalists
regarding the wines from Bordeaux.
The group of wine makers brought their wines to be judged
and criticized by the press. Our remarks, as a group, were encouraging and
positive regarding the wines that we sampled.
Marie Hours from Domaine Uroulat Jurancon is a very
enthusiastic and creative winemaker. She is a veteran winemaker who has
participated in ten vintages worldwide. Using her last name in a playful way,
she markets a sweet, delicious, full-flavored white wine called ‘Happy Hours ’.
The wine is made from 100% Petit Manseng. Her other wines, imported in the U.S.,
by Martine’s Wines, Inc., include a dry white, Cuvee Marie 2011 ($22). The wine
is made from 100% Gros Manseng grapes. Her other entry into our market is Uroulat
2011. Retailingfor $35, this 100% Petit
Manseng wine is sweet and a great after dinner wine.
Aureilie Anney is a young, intelligent winemaker from Chateau Tour des Termes.
Aureille is following her family tradition at the Chateau by making
Merlot-dominated wines. Her Cru Bourgeois (St. Estephe) is a dynamic,
medium-bodied red wine that is distributed by Monsieur Touton Selections. At
$38 a bottle, the Cru Bourgeois is a blend of 55% Merlot, 25% Cabernet
Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
Bruno Lallemand and his wife Cheryl own the 50 acre estate, Vignobles Lallemand
and are taking the Bordeaux
style winemaking to a new level. As relatively new winemakers, the Lallemands entry,
‘La Maison Rouge 2011’ ($24), is a fruity, tasty, wonderful wine that uses the
famous Bordeaux Merlot grape to its peak. Considering that the wine is young
and able to grow during the next five-ten years, the Lallemands have found a
way to make this wine very drinkable at the present time.
Chris Cardon and Lai Martin, from Chateau La Have (St. Estephe) introduced some
dynamic wines from their 16th century estate. Located on 41 acres,
Chateau La Have has been using the talented enologist, Eric Boissenot, to help with
the winemaking. Eric, to his credit, has worked with Chateau Lafite and
Margaux. The wines from Chateau La Haye are outstanding and irresistible on the
palate. We had the pleasure of sampling the Chateau La Haye 2008, 2009 and
2010. Made primarily with Merlot grapes blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and
Petit Verdot, these wines complimented the wines made by all of the participating
winemakers at the tasting.
The wines from Bordeaux
are wonderful, historic wines that should be thought of when going to the wine
shop. Instead of Chile, Australia, Spain,
Portugal and Argentina, think about the wines from Bordeaux, specifically
Domaine Uroulat, Vignobles Lallemand, Chateau Tour des Termes and Chateau La Haye.
The rich history of Sauza Tequila began in 1873, when visionary Don Cenobio Sauza founded the Sauza Distillery.
As the quality of his tequila distillation advanced, his son, Don
Eladio Sauza joined in the process. Don Eladio was a true businessman
who led the family into success during one of the most turbulent times
in Mexican history.
Don Eladio Suaza’s son, Don Francisco Javier Sauza, followed the
footsteps of his grandfather and father. He helped Sauza Tequila grow
into an international company.
The name of Tres Generaciones translates to the obvious homage to the
three generations that led Sauza into stardom. The “Three ‘Dons,’” as
they are known to the world, have led Sauza’s growth from 1873 to the
In honor of the Three Dons, Sauza named a tequila line after the
three generations, hence Tres Generaciones. The three founders have left
a mark on the legacy of Sauza Tequila and are setting the bar high in
the tequila industry.
All Tres Generaciones tequilas are made with hand-picked, 100-percent
blue agave and are triple distilled. Add organic to the scenario and
the distillation process changes.
Organic fermentation is slower and brings out different notes in the flavor of the tequila.
There are three different varieties of Tres Generaciones, Plata,
Reposado and Anejo. Each has its distinct character, but all share the
characteristics of authentic agave flavor, smooth drinking style and
supreme quality. These qualities date back to 1873 and embrace the
wisdom and secret distillation techniques of the three Dons.
The Plata is an un-aged, crystal clear agave that is well-balanced
and very smooth on the palate. I could not detect any burn or bite; in
fact, the herb flavor with spicy characteristics was overly pleasurable.
At $43.99, this is a perfect, flawless tequila to open the road for
The next step or level upwards in the tequila process is Reposado.
The difference in flavor from Plata to Reposado is in the aging process,
as well as where the tequila rests for aging.
Reposado is aged in American oak barrels for a minimum of four
months. The oak makes the difference and creates numerous flavor
profiles the Plata cannot achieve because of the lack of oak. In the
wine world, the analogy is simple: stainless steel aging versus oak
aging, each has their merits.
The Reposado is sweet and spicy with tones of agave and herbs mixed
with a subtle white-pepper undertone. Like the Plata, the Reposado is
smooth and elegant with a drop of sweetness that resembles dried figs.
Reposado is $46.99 and a true bargain.
The highest achievement in the Sauza Tres Generaciones Organic series
is the Anejo ($73.99). Anejo is aged 12 months in once-used American
bourbon barrels. This special tequila is known as being rich and smoky
with an array of subtle flavors, including vanilla and mint. I found the
Anejo to be smooth, round and complex. The flavor profile starts with a
brown sugar flavor followed by smoky oak and agave. As with bourbon,
the finish was warm oak, smoky and minty.
With the holidays upon us, consider learning about the wonderful
tequilas from Sauza, specifically the Plata, Reposado and Anejo “Tres
If you want to go one step further, look for the newly-released Casa
Sauza XA, Edicion Limitada. This is Sauza’s first Extra0 Anejo and is
aged for three years in small American new and once-used oak barrels.
After my first sip I realized this was a truly elegant and sophisticated
The tequila captivates your senses and is easily the most memorable
tequila I have sampled. At $150 a bottle, I am sure this limited edition
of 12,000 bottles will vanish quickly.
Let’s raise our glass to the accomplishments of the Three Dons.
Umbria is the only landlocked province in Italy. Tuscany is to the northwest, Marches
is east and Rome
is southwest. Due to the popularity of Tuscany,
a conversation about Umbria
and its wines rarely surfaces.
For the past 15 years, Umbria
has been a wine destination of mine. Friends (Fausto and Patrizia Proietti) own
a beautiful medieval guest house in Trevi, named TETTI de TREVI (.com).From the balcony of any of the seven guest
rooms, you can see the vineyards of Montefalco.
Each night that Maria (my wife) and I stay at Tetti de Trevei, Fausto Proietti
and I plan the route for the next days wine journey in Montefalco.
The region around Montefalco is known specifically for SAGRANTINO, the newest
noble wine variety in Italy.
Sagrantiono is considered an indigenous grape that only grows in the hilltop
areas around Montefalco.
According to current research, the first mention of the cultivation of the
Sagrantino wine grape dates back to 1549 in Montefalco. The Sagrantino name can
be traced back to the ‘Sacrament’ because the grape was cultivated by monks to
produce a raisin wine used for religious rites. There are many theories
regarding the origin of the grape. Some say St. Francis of Assisi
brought the grape from the Middle East to be
used as a sacramental wine. Others contend that the grape was brought to Umbria by the Greeks, as
well as Franciscan (French) friars. It’s still a debate that exists today. I don't know the answer.
Montefalco is located in a valley surrounded by the Apennine Mountains.
The valley is extremely warm in the summer, often over 100 degrees. Sand and
limestone soil keep the roots cool during the warm days. Mountain breezes cool
the wine growing region at night. Fortunately, a drying breeze, known by locals
as Tramontano, comes from the north and helps limit rot. The varied climate,
from hot to cool, results in a grape that has concentrated dark fruit and is
loaded with tannins.
Sagrantino nearly disappeared from the Umbrian vineyards in the 1960’s. The grape
was revived, thanks to the dedication of a few pioneering wine producers
including Fratelli Adanti and the founding of the Caprai winery.
Thanks to the dedication various producers from the region, Sagrantino obtained
a D.O.C. in 1979, followed by a D.O.C.G. in 1992.
Sagrantino wines are gaining popularity around the world. I believe because the wines are so unique.
At a recent sampling of 100% DOCG Sagrantino wines, numerous producers stood
out of the crowd.
My favorites included:
CASTELBUONO, Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2006
PERTICAIA, Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2006
CAPRAI, Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2005
COLPETRONE, Sgrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2007
SCACCIADIAVOLI, Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2005
Tonight at midnight, local time, the first bottles of the 2012 vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau were opened all over the world. It's a festive, light-hearted moment about a festive, light-hearted wine. Beaujolais generically is red, fruity, lacking bitter tannins, low in alcohol and is made using a grape (Gamay) not often encountered in other wines. And Beaujolais Nouveau has the additional luck of being a very good wine for traditional Thanksgiving.
Tonight is the annual party hosted by Frank and Georges Duboeuf celebrating the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau in New York City. The soiree will take place at midnight at the famous Highline Ballroom and will be sponsored by Deutsch Family Wines and Spirits.
On Thursday the traditional daytime uncorking will take place with Jacques Pepin as the special guest of honor.
This is one of my favorite times of the year. It is a time when we give Thanks to so many things including Beaujolais Nouveau 2012.
Tempranillo Takes the Stage Vibrant Rioja to launch month-long celebration of International Tempranillo Day
November 5, 2012 – NEW YORK, NY - In
celebration of the 2nd Annual International Tempranillo Day on November
8, 2012, Vibrant Rioja is hosting tastings across the nation and
launching a full-scale social media campaign that will run throughout
the month of November. From a fun tweet chat to a “Win a Trip to Rioja”
Facebook sweepstakes, Vibrant Rioja hopes to build awareness around the
versatile grape that made Rioja Spain’s most famous wine region. At 8 pm EST
on November 8, Vibrant Rioja will kick off the month-long celebration
with the #Tempranillo Day tweet chat, cohosting the virtual event with
TAPAS (Tempranillo Advocates, Producers, and Amigos Society) and Nanette
Eaton of the acclaimed blog, Wine Harlots. Widely regarded as a leading
wine personality in the social media sphere, Nanette’s social media
presence earned her the number two spot on Cision’s annual Top 10 List
of influential bloggers on Twitter. Nannette will lead participants
through a virtual discussion and tasting of Rioja and US Tempranillo
wines. The tweet
chat will introduce a month-long Vibrant Rioja Facebook sweepstakes
giving consumers an opportunity to win an all-expense paid trip to
Rioja, the world’s most famous Tempranillo-producing wine region.
Vibrant Rioja will award a second prize of a Rioja Wine Dinner,
including a $250 gift certificate, as well as over a dozen runner-up
prizes of Rioja gift packs throughout the month. The Sweepstakes begins
on November 8, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. ET and ends on November 30, 2012 at
11:59 p.m. ET. In
addition, Vibrant Rioja is hosting events across the country that will
celebrate International Tempranillo Day by giving consumers a chance to
taste the wines of Rioja, Tempranillo’s most famous region. For more
information on all of the Vibrant Rioja Tempranillo Day events, check
out our Facebook Event Calendar at www.facebook.com/RiojaWines/events. Established
in 2011 by TAPAS, International Tempranillo Day is a celebration of both
the traditional wines made with Tempranillo, such as those from Rioja,
as well as those produced by winemakers in newer regions around the
world, from the U.S. and Mexico to Australia and South Africa. Besides
its vast acreage within Rioja, Tempranillo is planted in over 500,000
acres of the world’s vineyards, making it the 4th most widely planted
grape in the world. Native to Rioja, Tempranillo is the region’s most
widely-planted grape, where it manifests in one of the world’s great
wines. About Rioja Located in
north central Spain, Rioja is considered one of the greatest red wine
regions of the world. Rioja reds are blended predominantly with the
indigenous Tempranillo grape from one of the region’s three subzones —
Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. The DOCa of Rioja administers
highly sophisticated and stringent quality control in the winemaking
process, from viniculture to bottling. More than 200 brands from Rioja
are available for purchase in the U.S. For more information, please
“DonnaChiara”, Five Generations of Female Winemakersby Philip S. Kampe
The Petitto family, from southern Italy’s
region, have been land owners for over twelve hundred years. Imagine what your
relatives looked like in the 9th century? During that time period, (13
centuries) numerous Petitto family members, both male and female, were the winemakers
for their estate. Their job was to supply the family estate with wine from
During this long period, not until recently, has a first in the wine industry
been accomplished. The last five generations (150 years) of winemakers in the
family have been women.
The most recent family winemaker, Illaria Petitto, an attorney by trade,
decided to break from the family tradition and make wine on another parcel of
family property, which is located in
Montefalcione. The land has been in the family for generations.
Production began in 2005.
The ‘Made in Campania’
wine style using modern technology paired with traditional terroir and ancient
grapes has made the DonnaChiara vineyard a leader in the region.
The area surrounding the vineyardis well known for the production of three Irpinian
DOCG wines, Taurasi, Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino.
Illaria, like her mother, Chiara, for whom the vineyard is named (www.DonnaChiara.it) , wants to make
winesonly with grapes that are true to
the tradition of the area. As head winemaker and visionary, Illaria Petitto says
“Our grapes are very ancient and rich of history that talks about our land.
Each grape has different characteristics, as color, smell and flavor. I really
believe that to return to the original that it will help our wines to obtain
the right consideration they deserve”.
While everyone has been involved in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I have
had the opportunity to sample the wines of DonnaChiara, thanks to Cathleen
Burke Visscher, an
Independent marketing guru who has urged me to sample the 5th
generation female (Illaria Petitto) winemakers wines, under the relatively new DonnaChiara
What I found were wines that were ‘old world’, intertwined
with remarkable ‘new world’ flavors and aromas that combined tradition with
passion in each drop. I was literally blown away by the quality and consistency
of each wine that I sampled.
DonnaChiara wines should be on your radar if you are a true
wine lover. If you are looking for a new
label, at unbelievably reasonable prices, then DonnaChiara is your answer.
The wines of DonnaChiara are readily available, although
production is limited.
What I would recommend, and I will go out on a limb, are
‘All’ of the wines that are produced by DonnaChiara.
In my opinion, each wine I sampled was an exceptional interpretation of the
grape that was represented.
My list begins with Sante Spumante Falanghina Brut IGT, a
perfect sparkling 100% Falanghia wine that serves as an aperitif before, after
or during a (seafood) meal.
At 14% alcohol, the Tarasi Reserva DOCG explodes with toasty, full, rich, dark
fruit notes that interpretthe Aglianico
grape in its original form. Just as warm and full-bodied is the Taurasi DOCG
and Irpinia Aglianico DOC, both, a natural match for game and roast. For pasta,
try Campania Aglianico IGT. Elegant seafood, lobster and crabmeat pair
beautifully with Fiano di Avellino DOCG, while Greco di Tufo DOCG pairs with
raw seafood and herb cheese. White meats have met their match with the
wonderful Beneventano Falanghina IGT.
Love and passion for tradition has paid off for Illaria. The
wines from DonnaChiara are a true testament to winemaking at its best.
Do you want to have a great Wednesday evening? Drink wines form Chile tonight and listen to Master Educator/Sommelier and friend of mine, FRED DEXHEIMER, walk you through a dozen bottles of the glorious wines from Chile. All of the bottles are available at your local wine shop or at Puro Chile, 161 Grand Street in New York (www.puro-wine.com ).
Fred will be in Santiago Chile for the tasting and will have open lines for invited guests to log in and to discuss the wines. You can listen to the event by calling 888-757-2790 and using Passcode 138348# .
You can log in on your computer at: http//tiny.cc/TerroirMC
Bloggers can use Twitter by logging into #BlogChile to comment.
Wine parties will be going on around the globe for this global event.
The wines that need to be purchased for the event are:
Vina Casablanca Nimbus Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Casablanca Valley) $12.99
San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (leyda Valley) $18.99
Casa Silva CoolCoast sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Colchague Valley) $24.99
Emillana Novas Pinot Noir 2010 (Casablanca Valley) $18.99
Cono Sur 20 Barrels Pinot Noir 2009 (Casablanca Valley) $31.99
Morande Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2009 (Casablanca Valley)$17.99
Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2010 (Cachapoal Valley) $21.99
Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere 2010 Apalta-Coichagie Valley $14.99
Koyle Royale Carmenere 2009 (Colchague Valley) $25.99
Ventisquero Grey Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Malpo Valley) $28.99
Marquis Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Colchagua Valley) $18.99
Los Vascos La Dix cabernet sauvignon 2009 (Colchagua Valley) $64.99
Fred suggests that you chill the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir and take them out 10 minutes before the 8pm EST tasting. Open the Carmenere one hour before the tasting, pour a little bit and place it in the fridge for 15 minutes during the Pinot Noir chat. Open the Cabernet Sauvignon one hour before the tasting, pour a little bit and place it in the fridge for 15 minutes during the Carmenere chat.
I did have a Wines of Chile party in the past and all of the guests had a great time.Log in and you will find tasting notes, winery information and recipes via a Pod that will appear on the screen.
I look forward to hearing about your 'Wines of Chile' party.
Ana Fabiano is the world's leading authority on the Wines from Rioja.
Her new book, "Wine Region of Rioja" and first New York City book
signing event will take place from 5-8pm on Thursday, October 11th at the world famous VIC & ANTHONY'S steakhouse, located at 233 Park Avenue South at 19th street,near Union Square.
Wines from Rioja will be served and paired with a tasting menu that includes oysters, clams, octopus, duck and smoked beef tongue. The wines that will be served include 2005 Beronia Gran Reserva; 2007 Muga Reserva; 2011 Muga Blanco; 2010 El Coto Blanco; 2008 Palacios Remondo Paltet Valeomelloso and 2005 Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva.
On Friday night, October 12th,from 5-8pm, VIC & ANTHONY'S and Vibrant Rioja will host contemporary Spanish artist
Luis Burgos and his new exhibition, "The Mirror and the Soul". Wines
from Spain paired with Smoked Mussels, Stuffed Calamari, Braised Goat
Belly, Iberico Ham and Shrimp Stuffed Piquillo Peppers will be served.
The free flowing wines will include: 2005 CVNE Imperial; 2005 Dinastia
Vivanco Reserva;2001 Bodegas Riojanas Vina Albina Gran Reserva and 1998 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva.
Both nights will be memeorable and worth a cisit. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND these events to all that love Wine, Tapas and Art.
Tickets are $75 per night or $130 for both nights plus tax and gratuities.
Call ERIC at (212) 220-9200 or e-mailEric at:Eostrow@ldry.com
Going Undercover to Visit the Pays d’Oc IGP Region in France
by Philip S. Kampe
I am going ‘Undercover’ on an assignment to visit the Pays
d’Oc region in southern France.My goal is to find out why this region has a
special wine certification called ‘Protected Geographical Indication’,
generally known as IGP. Why is this IGP seal on most bottles from Pays d’ Oc?
What makes the wines meet the criteria for its existence? Why is this area of France so
unusual that its rating system is its own?
Geographically, the Pays d’Oc region is a unique area that
stretches along the Mediterranean Sea from the Spanish border to the Rhone delta. The areas covered add up to roughly two-hundred
thousand (200,000) plus acres and include the areas of Pyreness-Orientales,
Aude, Herault Gard and six towns in Lozere.
This vast area in Languendoc-Roussillon offers a wide range of contrasting
landscapes and weather conditions. The majority of the vines face the Mediterranean Sea. The varied terrain includes mountains,
foothills and coastal plains. The area, according to the photographs and videos
I have witnessed is absolutely beautiful.
Imagine vineyards on a hillside slope facing the Mediterranean
Sea on a sunny day with blue skies and Atlantic breezes. From
overhead photographs, the soil is a mosaic of colors, mostly light brown to
orange. Pay d’Oc region is known for its soil covers that range from clay to chalky,
limestone, schist and gravel on the lower hillsides.
The laws of Pays d’Oc allow the winemaker to make wines from
a range of fifty-six (56) grape varieties. These fifty-six grape varieties
combined with the winemakers creativity produce truly unique wines. The
winemakers say that the IGP label represents ‘the relationship between the area
and the aromatic quality of the grape varieties’.
The IGP label guarantees quality, traceability and geographical origin.The IGP
and AOP labels (formally AOC) are the only official European quality labels.
The wines produced in the Pays d’Oc region include reds, whites and roses. The
possibilities are endless, due to the fact that the winemaker can make a single
variety, two varieties combined or a blend of wines. With fifty-six grape
varieties allowed, the combinations are unique and creative.
The Pays d’Oc region celebrates the harvest with the release
of a Primeur wine that is released on the third Thursday in October, a month
before the other new wines are released.
The region has over two-thousand five-hundred (2,500) winemakers that use the
IGP certification symbol to announce to the world that they are from this
unique region. My goal is to find out why this Pays d’Oc IGP region is unique
to the world. What makes the wines so special?
According to the IGP governing body, “ Pays d’Oc IGP is an
umbrella brand and an official certification label. It is also a unifying
label, signifying quality, authenticity and imagination. The certification
label has been adopted by 2700 vineyards and businesses. It ensures origin and
is earned by satisfying strict quality criteria throughout the supply chain
from the vine to the bottle’”
Going ‘Undercover’ has its advantages. No one knows who is behind the
sunglasses and why is this person (me) making the Pays d’Oc region of France his
I am discovering that I am French by Philip S. Kampe
The time in Pays D’Oc IGP has come to an end. My five days
of ‘Pays D’Oc IGP Nirvana’ is now a living and lifelong memory. My first wine
‘Undercover’ a la James Bond adventure has come to a close.
Naturally I timed my trip to coincide, to the day, with the release of 007’s
first movie, Dr. No, fifty years ago. The news filled the front page of France’s ‘Le Figaro’
All of France
is still in awe of James Bond, hardly taking note that I may be 007’s newest
incarnation, a Pays D’OcIGP wine spy.
I was in France
As you know from my recent articles, I went ‘Undercover’, sunglasses and all,
to learn why the wines from the Pays D’Oc IGP region of southern France are so special, so unique
and so good.
My goal is to discover what makes the Quality and Diversity ofthe Pays D’Oc IGP wines?
I used the guise as a wine journalist to infiltrate Pays D’Oc IGP. I traveled
with three other overly competent American based wine journalists to Montpellier,
where we were picked up and driven to our hotel, by two, young French women,
who were employed by the Pay D’Oc IGP wine region’s governing body, Inter Oc.
The hotel we stayed in is named Massane in Balliargues. It is a golf focused
hotel and a perfect cover for me, the ‘Undercover’ wine spy.
The three wine journalists who traveled with me reside in San
Francisco and New York.
They were veterans and I was a mere novice.
You never know what you can learn on a Press trip with knowledgeable wine journalists.
Thanks to Delphine Lorentz, Inter Oc represnative at Clos de Rignac in Lattes.
One of the things I learned was the correct pronunciation of the word ‘vineyard’.
Delphime led an orientation session for our group about the Pays D’Oc.IGP region.
In her amazing, insightful power point presentation, Delphine pronounced the
word vineyard as VINE, like wine, YARD. That pronunciation will always be with
me, as for the next five days I said vine yard the correct way.
Isn’t is odd to travel across half of the world to learn how
to pronounce a word that you use daily?
Life is strange.
Speaking of oddities, I learned that the French people,
which I am one, do not enjoy visual luxuries the way we do. For example, if I
ware successful in France
and bought a flashy car with my wealth, it would be looked down upon. The
French game plan is to fit in and don’t stand out. That rule does not apply, I
was told, to families with old money, race horses and chateaus.
society encourages us to show off our wealth.
I am a bit confused which path is correct.
As the days mounted and our vine yard visits reached double digits, a strange
voice came from within me. The voice became stronger and stronger, whispering
and reminding me, clearly, that my origin is French and it is time to bring my
background to the forefront.
Everything French is in my blood. To show my newly-found
loyalty, while touring the mediaeval walled-town of Carcassonne,
I purchased a French flag to hang on my doorway in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
To top that off I have decided to change the pronunciation of my last name from
to Camp Hay.
There comes a time in many journalists lives that writing is
not all they want to do. As an ex-entrepreneur (The Candy People, Fabulous
Phil’s Gourmet Ice Cream and Board Stiff Snowboard and Skateboard Shop) , I
tend to look at assignments and meetings in a different way. When I find a wine
overseas or at a stateside tasting and learn that the wine has no
representation in this country, I often switch hats.
I know the market conditions and have a reasonably good take
on the quality and price ratio of wines and cheeses. I have been involved,
first-hand, in both businesses and have a broad knowledge base of cost and
quality of wine and cheese.
As you would suspect, I like to broker these newly found products, with hopes
of helping the vineyard or farm with exposure in this country.
This past year I have introduced cheese, wine and tequila to America.
Samples, which are few, are stored in my refrigerator for
safe keeping. I have three small unopened samples of goat’s milk cheese from
rural western Spain
for safe keeping. If these samples are ever tampered with, the dream of the
dairy will be shattered until I can convince them to send more amples.
I call this Phase One. In Phase One, you bring the item, often one piece of
cheese or one bottle of wine to a perspective buyer to consider adding this
product to their portfolio.
Phase Two is when you have more samples and technical sheets then you need, so,
you can get the product to more than one possible importer.
Phase Three is having a complete refrigerator stored with samples plus a closet
full of technical sheets and brochures.
Every phase is done in small steps until you can walk. A lot of cost is
involved in sending wine or refrigerated cheese to this country. Plus the FDA
is often of no help and holds onto packages for weeks or months before
releasing the contents.
This is what happened to me recently.
I must paint the picture.
I received one bottle of Pinot Gris wine from a New Zealand wine producer. The
producer chose me to head his mission to find an importer. I was his only contact.
He had a lot of trust in me.
The producer was in the states on other business and planned to meet with me
and the proposed importer, who I found, for lunch. I only had one sample and we were
going to open this one bottle of wine to analyze the contents. The importer was
an old friend of mine and normally respects my judgment.
The bottle of Pinot Gris has a screw top cap, so, a back-up was not necessary.
There was no cork, as most wines from New Zealand follow that trend and
little possibility of oxidation.
The problem. The bottle of Pinot Gris was stored in the refrigerator and
somewhat hidden from view. We had guests for the weekend and had planned our
yearly pilgrimage to the Tyringham Steak Roast that evening. Somehow, one of
the guests, opened the fridge, found the bottle of Pinot Gris (we were in the
living room) and poured three hefty glasses of wine from the bottle. Obviously,
the guest did not know how important the bottle was to me and my business
venture when he opened it. As he came into the living room with the overflowing
wine glasses, I said,“ Did you open the bottle of Pinot Gris?”, to which he
replied enthusiastically, “Yes”. Naturally, I reacted somewhat emotionally and
nearly shed a tear because this bottle meant the world to me.
The unopened bottle was the only vehicle I had to show to the importer. On top
of that, the producer was flying in to meet for the tasting and fateful
The dilemma was obvious. You can’t bring an open bottle of
wine, two days later to a business meeting and expect to make a deal with the
I sulked the remainder of the weekend, to my wife’s and guests disapproval. I
mentioned, probably too often, “ How can you open somebody’s refrigerator and
open a bottle of wine without asking?”.
I, even, had a bottle of Lafitte Rothchild in the fridge for storage. I wonder
if that bottle would ever be safe again? Obviously, if that bottle had been
opened instead of the Pinot Gris, I would have been much happier.
The end result of the Pinot Gris incidentwas devastating. The vineyard owner said I was not responsible and he
was going to find another broker. My wife says I acted like a baby and still
talks about it. My friend does not return my e-mails.
My dream has vanished.
Imagine, all of this over one bottle of wine!
In 1981, visionary winemaker Ken Volk, searched California’s Central
Coast for land to
establish a winery and selected the Templeton area for the home of Wild Horse
vineyard. His reason for choosing the location is that it is mid-way on the Central Coast, which makes sourcing grapes from
the north and south ideal. Templeton is close to Estero Bay,
thus creating a proven groundwater table with easy to manage soil for grape
Founder Ken Volk’s goal is to experiment with rare grape varieties and make small
batches of atypical from the Paso Robles region.
His team, led by Clay Brock, General Manager and director of Winemaking work
closely with head Winemaker Chrissy Wittmann to create unheard wine blends from
this region. Recent grape varieties used in experimental Wild Horse wines include:
Blaufrankisch, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Blan, Malbec, Negrette, Malvasia
Bianca, Verdelho and Touriga National.
At a recent lunch, Clay Brock explained that he is an extension of Ken Volk’s
vision. His goal is to make exceptional wines while experimenting with
The classic wines in the Wild Horse collection include: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir,
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Viognier.
Wines from the portfolio are sold in four separate categories:Central
Coast, Unbridled, Winery
Exclusives and Cheval Sauvage, which means ‘Wild Horse’ in French.
The forty-four acre vineyard is named as a tribute to the wild mustangs that
used to roam on the hills above the vineyard.
Rumor has it that the vineyard is named after the Cal Poly mascot—a galloping
horse. Both Ken Volk and Clay Brock are Cal Poly Alumni.
Wines are produced are from the estate grapes as well as grapes sourced from
over forty different vineyards in the area and up to thirty different
varietals. Sixty-five per-cent of vineyards production includes Chardonnay,
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
ThreeWines To Try:
2010 Wild Horse Unbridled Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyards
is an elegant, lightly oaked wine that accompanied my first course,when dining with Clay Brock at New York’s A Voce
restaurant at Columbus Circle.
The lively Chardonnay paired perfectly with the hard to match pasta with
barnacles appetizer that I ordered. Maybe it was the richness and balanced
acidity of this apple, lemony wine that made the match feel like it was made in
heaven. Clay ordered the same appetizer and knew the wine and pasta were made
for each other. At $20 a bottle, the 2010 Unbridled Chardonnay is a true steal.
2010 Wild Horse Unbridled Pinot Noir Santa Barbara is a beautifully lush, silky
14.5% alcohol upscale wine that made my lamb belly entrée taste better than it
really was. Possibly the mix of raspberries, cherries and cinnamon contributed
to the velvety tannins and minerality in this bargain-priced $34 bottle of
2008 Wild Horse Cheval Sauvageis a
Pinot Noir at the highest level. The cranberry and strawberry concentration is
mind boggling on the palate. Add full-bodied, balanceand lushness to the menu and you have a wine
that can stand on it’s own without the consumption of food. The aromas of dense
red fruit coupled with a richness on the palate, make the long lasting finish
memorable. The 2008 Cheval Sauvage should rank in the top tier of west coast