Philip Kampe


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  • 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.

  • 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.

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