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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Taste The Iconic Wines of Mount Veeder on March 1st in La Quinta, California by Philip S. Kampe

                                                         Map of Mount Veeder

 “A Taste of Mount Veeder at La Quinta Resort & Club”

If you are in or near La Quinta, California, several hours east of Los Angeles and half an hour from Palm Springs, why not consider attending one of the Most Prodigious’  consumer wine tasting events on the west coast.

Thirteen ‘World-Class’ wineries from the iconic vineyards of Mount Veeder fame will pour their hard to acquire wines at the world famous La Quinta Resort & Club from 3:30pm-6pm on Wednesday, March 1at.  

Many of the vineyards are pouring those special wines that are not available to the public. That is what makes this wine tasting so special and unique, You literally have the opportunity to sample wines that have been sold out or are so rare that this is your only chance.

Advance tickets are only $75, which gives you the opportunity to sample wines from these Mount Veeder wineries:

Participating wineries include:
The Hess Collection Winery
Lampyridae Vineyards
O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery
Random Ridge
Rubissow Wines
Y. Rousseau Wines
Fontanella Family Winery
Lagier Meredith
Marketta Winery
Robert Craig Winery
Vinoce Winery
Yates Family Vineyards

What a perfect way to start the month of March.

To purchase $75 Advance Tickets, visit:  or call (707) 266-1296

When: March 1
Time: 3:30-6pm
Where: La Quinta Resort & Club
            49499 Eisenhower Drive
             La Quinta, Ca.



Friday, February 24, 2017

Valpolicella's Villa San Carlo Makes Terroir Driven Wines by Philip S, Kampe

                                                              Villa San Carlo
                                                           Antonia Pavesi
                                                              Andrea Pavesi

On a recent visit to the Valpolicella region of Italy, I had the opportunity to visit the magnificent estate of San Carlo, known for its traditional and sustainable approach  to winemaking.

The estate is referred to as Villa San Carlo and is family run by father, Gianni ‘Babbo’ Pavesi, daughter Antonia and son, Andrea, who are the owners of this ‘Top of the Hill’ vineyard, located a short distance east of Verona.

After driving up a narrow and winding dirt road, passing through rows and rows of olive trees, orchards and grape vines, the first sight of the 17th century villa is certainly breathtaking.

The majestic Villa San Carlo,  perched on top of the hill is the focal point of view from the plain below.

The estate, owned by the Pavesi family, is 175 acres in size, with approximately 60 acres occupied by vineyards. Most of the vineyards are located near the crest of the 1100 foot mountain and in-part, are divided climatically.

The wines made by the Pavesi family are complex, well-structured and express the terroir of the mountain.

Sampling the wines with the Pavesi family was a true privilege and a hands-on introduction to the various styles of Valpolicella.|

The four wines we sampled were:

2015 Valpolicella
A soft, velvety, medium weight delightful wine, with a pronounced sour cherry and violet flavor, balanced and seamless.

2010 Amarone Della Valpolicella
Aromas of strawberry, raspberry, dried cherries and spice open up immediately as your mouth feels pleasant acidity, red plums and dark licorice.

2009 Valpolicella Rioasso Superiore
Ruby in color, with notes of lavender, rose pedal and sweet plum followed by lively acidity and a long finish

2009 Amarone Della Valpolicella Reserva
Vanilla cream and black cherry on the nose allures you and opens up to a palate full of Australian red licorice, dark cocoa and blackberries. Smooth, alluring and velvety on the palate, this first vintage of the Pavesi Family is sure to seduce your flavor buds.
Philip S. Kampe