Philip Kampe


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  • 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.

  • Exploring Spectacular Biltmore (Wine Included) Front Page

    Vanderbilt's Chateau Near Asheville

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 27th, 2018

    The Biltmore Estate, near Asheville, North Carolina, is a 250 room mansion that opened on Christmas Eve, 1895. The Vanderbilts lived there until 1930, when the property was opened to the public. Presently, it is the state's top tourist attraction and home to a vineyard and winery that produces close to a million bottles a year.

  • Primitivo Di Manduria: Puglia's Wine Front Page

    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.

  • Hancock Shaker Village Newest Shaker, Paul Muldoon Front Page

    The Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Wrote And Performed A Shaker Poem

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 08th, 2018

    Paul Muldoon, a 67 year old New Yorker, originally from Northern Ireland, recited his poetry while the band, Rogue Olifant, played accompanying music. The evening at Hancock Shaker Village emulated a 1960s scene from my past.

  • Feel The Heel of Puglia Front Page

    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.

  • Splendor In The Fresh Grass Front Page

    Awards Day

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 17th, 2018

    (At press time, I didn't have a list of winners that were announced at the Fresh Grass Festival's banjo and band awards) Nonetheless, the Fresh Grass Festival 2018 vesion has come to an end.

  • More Fresh Grass Bluegrass Festival Front Page

    Rhiannon Giddens Steals The Show

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 16th, 2018

    Today is Sunday and the last day of the Fresh Grass Festival. With four stages, wonderful cuisine and an enthusiastic young crowd, why not drive to North Adams, Massachusetts and enjoy the nation's best museum themed bluegrass festival. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder headline today at 5:50pm.

  • Fresh Acts At Fresh Grass Front Page

    The Three Day Festival Is In Full Swing

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Sep 15th, 2018

    The Fresh Grass Festival,which takes place in a wide array of venues at Mass MoCA, in North Adams,Massachusetts, offers bluegrass music that is both traditional and cutting edge. There are four stages, three outdoors and one indoors that cater to the musicians and the family friendly audience. Workshops abound in the galleries with members of the bluegrass community sharing knowledge with their fans.

  • A Gewurztraminer From Alsace Worth Buying Front Page

    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.

  • Do Bourbon Barrels And Zinfandel Mix Front Page

    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.

  • The Knights Perform Candide Front Page

    Bernstein's Zany Comedic Operetta

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 23rd, 2018

    Leonard Bernstein's 'Candide' came to light at Ozawa Hall. The packed house and crowded lawn were recipients of a night of comedic opera, performed by The Knights with special guests. Skits jammed in-between tenor and soprano leads. The mockery led the way to this dumbfounded comedy, which reminds one of the Marx Brothers.

  • As You Like It by William Shakespeare Front Page

    Charming Comedy in a Perfect Setting

    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 22nd, 2018

    In the magical setting of the Roman Garden Theatre, Shakespeare & Company smartly sets this play in the Roaring Twenties, a time of possibilities. With excellent direction by Allyn Burrows, and superb performances, this production is proof of its most famous line: "All the World's a Stage, and All the Men and Women Merely Players." It brings alive its characters, and makes the audience feel they are in the Forest of Arden, witnessing hilarious role-playing that results in love conquering all.

  • A Twofer at Berkshire Theatre Group Front Page

    Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor's Nightmare

    By: Maria Reveley - Aug 21st, 2018

    An evening with Christopher Durang is never boring. These two one-act plays are hilarious and different. The first, The Actor's Nightmare, reminds us all of what it feels like to be lost - uncomfortable - amid many laughs and great performances. The second, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For Us, is a scathing, hilarious and extreme indictment of the force of any fundamentalist, controlling dogma. In this case, the Catholic Church and Sister Mary are its targets. All the performances are stellar.

  • Highwood's Ghost Haunts Leonard Bernstein Front Page

    John Williams World Premiere Composition

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

    The packed audience at Tanglewood on a most beautiful day waited anxiously to hear the world premiere of a new composition from John Williams, in honor of Leonard Bernstein's ongoing 100th Year Celebration. The anticipated piece, 'Highwood's Ghost' featured Yo Yo Ma.

  • The Fresh Grass 2018 Festival Front Page

    Three Days Of Bluegrass Music

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 17th, 2018

    MASS MoCA, in North Adams, Massachusetts, prepares for its annual bluegrass festival, Fresh Grass. This years, three day event takes place from the 14th to 16th of September, on the grounds where art, music, dance and film thrive. .

  • Amarone Loves Corvina Front Page

    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.

  • Joshua Bell And Conductor Dima Slobodeniouk Front Page

    Popular Concert at Tanglewood

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 06th, 2018

    A cool Joshua Bell entertained the large crowd at Tanglewood on a warm and sunny summer's day. Conductor Dima Slobodeniouk made his debut at Tanglewood with a forty-five minute Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 in B-flat, Opus 100. The first half of the show was all Joshua Bell, but, after intermission, Conductor Slobodeniouk took over.

  • Valpolicella the Whole Story Front Page

    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.

  • West Side Story at Tanglewood Front Page

    Summer Long Bernstein Celebration

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 29th, 2018

    With an up-to-date LED screen and a full house, 'West Side Story' , the movie version, was in synch with conductor David Newman and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. The score and movie hold their original lure with flawless tour de force.

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