Philip Kampe


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  • A Tale Of Two Chefs Front Page

    Pandemic Relief Online

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 04th, 2020

    The pandemic has turned many us into food junkies, where online viewing of food shows is at a all time high. Travel show viewing is a close second. My family follows suit and have found two outstanding communicators to follow. This is my story about them.

  • An Ode To Cafe Boulud Front Page

    Writing Poetry on A Menu

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 31st, 2020

    There are certain time in life you must express yourself-at the moment you feel the passion. This poem about Cafe Boulud was one of those creative moments.

  • Michelin Star Cafe Boulud At Blantyre Front Page

    Blantyre Is a Berkshires Gilded Age Mansion

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 19th, 2020

    Chef Daniel Boulud, a two star Michelin Chef at 'Daniel' in Manhattan has brought his crew to run his one star Michelin restauarant, 'Cafe Boulud' at the Gilded Age Mansion, Blantyre (Lenox, Massachusetts). The French inspired restaurant will remain open, Wednesday to Sunday, through mid-October.

  • Hungarian Cabernet Franc Front Page

    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 Front Page

    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.

  • El Regajal Winery Is Madrid’s Finest Front Page

    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.

  • The Musician John Hiatt Front Page

    A Nashville Artist

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 29th, 2019

    I was invited to a 'pop-up' John Hiatt show the Noho section of Manhattan. It was a solo rooftop performance.

  • Ben Harper and Trombone Shorty at Tanglewood Front Page

    Two Distinct Musical Styles

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 01st, 2019

    Special concerts do not happen too often in one's lifetime. Fortunately, the double bill of Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals paired with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, fit the bill as one of the most exciting musical shows that I have witnessed.

  • Squeezing in Tanglewood Front Page

    Difford &Tilbroo, Forty Years Later

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 31st, 2019

    Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook are treated like royalty. They are often referred to as prolific composers like Lennon & McCartney. They have been working together for forty years-churning out hit after hit. Their genius was shared with a jubilent and dancing in the aisles audience at Tanglewood.

  • Two Great Sustainable Wines From Chile Front Page

    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.

  • Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and Leonidas Kavados Front Page

    Perform at Tanglewood's Ozawa Hall

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 08th, 2019

    Three great musicians, one small music hall and an overflow lawn crowd made this special concert, a night to remember. Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavados and Yo-Yo Ma turned this marvelous summer night into magical music. It was an all Beethoven programp of three Piano trios.

  • Train Meets The Goo Goo Dolls Front Page

    Tanglewood Rocks

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 06th, 2019

    A major billing with two headliners, Train and the Goo Goo Dolls, played to an enthusiastic audience of many generations, dominated by women at Tanglewood on Monday evening. Both bands played enthusiastic seventeen song set lists, before the encore. Cannons, fireworks and bouncing balloons helped keep the crowd active throughout the evening.

  • Richard Thompson at Tanglewood Front Page

    With '60s British Band Fairport Convention

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

    Richard Thompson has been in the music limelight for over 50 years. His British background and love of anything Scottish, prose wise, music wise or lyric wise, has helped this former member of the '60s band, Fairport Convention catapult his career to a new generation.

  • Chris Thile At Tanglewood Front Page

    A Musical, Comedic Extravaganza

    By: Philip S. Kampe and Maria Reveley - Jun 16th, 2019

    Garrison Keillor and 'A Prairie Home Companion' are out to pasture. Chris Thile, successor and host of 'Live From Here' made their second appearance at Koussevitzky Music Shed in Lenox, Massachusetts. The musical, comedic, live radio show on American Public Media radio stations featured Thile and his back-up band of musicians, a female trio, a comedian and a pianist-composer-singer from Hudson, New York.

  • Nino Franco Winery Celebrates 100 Years Front Page

    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.

  • Roses For All seasons Front Page

    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.

  • Experiencing Ancient Bobal Front Page

    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.

  • 'Nino Fanco' Winery 100 Year Anniversay Front Page

    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?

  • Piper-Heidsieck Flows at Oscar Nominations Front Page

    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.

  • Drinking Wine From A Pringles Canister Front Page

    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.

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

    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.

  • Wairau River in New Zealand Front Page

    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.

  • Affordable Bila-Haut Languedoc Wines Front Page

    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.

  • Campania's Giuseppe Maglione Follows Tradition Front Page

    The New Generation Of Pizza Makers

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 18th, 2018

    Following his grandmothers footsteps, Giuseppe Maglione is the new generation of pizza makers that dot the Campania food scene. Pizza dough is his canvas and he is the artist. We visited recdently in Avellino.

  • Campania Historical Ties Motivate Villa Raiano Front Page

    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.

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