• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Wines of Chile: Pinot Noir On The Horizon

    Only 3% Of Chilean Wines Are Pinot Noir

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 05th, 2017

    Pinot Noir is a tough grape to grow. Rot and disease are enemies of this clone. Only cool climates, like Oregon, Washington and France, specifically Burgundy, have success with Pinot Noir. Now, cool climate Chile, mainly in the Casablanca region is tackling this grape with initial success.

  • Abbye de Valmagne: Languedoc's Homage To Wine

    Store Wine And Save A Monastery

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 06th, 2017

    Founded in 1138, the Abbye de Valmange, is still with us today, due to a miraculous idea. Save the monastery from destruction by using its large space for storing caskets of wine.

  • Languedoc, A Land Of Diversity

    Quality Wines Exist In the Region

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 09th, 2017

    Languedoc ,in southern France, has gone from an over producer of bulk wine to a region thatcreates high quality wines with many blends that focus on grapes from the region.

  • Matilde Poggi Shines At La Fraghe Winery

    A Pioneer Winemaker From Lake Garda

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 09th, 2017

    A woman in a man's wine making world in the early 80's has been recognized as one of Lake Garda's best winemakers. The journey began in the 15th century in the Lake Garda region of Italy, only forty minutes from Verona.

  • Zeni Winery And The Bardolino Wine Museum

    The Wines Of Lake Garda

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 12th, 2017

    If you visit the Zeni Winery in Bardolino (Veneto) you will have the opportunity to visit a museum dedicated to the winemaking history of the region, plus, if you are adventurous, you can take an aromatic test to identify what you smell. Its all a lot of fun.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Winemaking at Chateau De La Dauphine

    Great Wines At Reasonable Prices

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 18th, 2016

    Chateau de La Dauphine in Bordeaux offers wine tourism possibilities for all visitors, year round. Marion Merker heads the operation of this beautiful estate.

  • Miner Family Wines Not Minor Wines

    Great Napa Vintages

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Feb 23rd, 2016

    From IT to wine, the journey of Dave Miner is a Napa Valley success story. It's a true family business.

  • Mariano Di Paola of Argentina's Rutini Wines

    He Wants to Make Rutini a Household Name.

    Winemaker Mariano Di Paola
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 07th, 2015

    Winemaker Mariaono Di Paola of Rutini Wines of Argentina was recently acknowledged as one of the top 30 winemakers in the world. Decanter magazine, a British publication, awarded Mr. Di Paola with this honor,

  • Vigne Surrau's Wines Sardinian style

    Old World Grapes meet New World Technology,

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Dec 28th, 2015

    Vigne Surrau is a relatively new producer that focuses on Sardinia's age old grapes to craft wine that is memorable of centuries before. Using state of the art technology, this small vineyard is gaining worldwide popularity.

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