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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz (May 29-31) features 700 Wine & Food Selections plus Martha Stewart & Sara Moulton by Philip S. Kampe and Maria Reveley

                                        Martha Stewart (Saturday May 30th)

Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz 2015

Martha Stewart and Sarah Moulton headline the Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz at the historic Mohonk Mountain House.

Sponsored by the International Wine Masters, the three day long event kicks off on Friday afternoon, May 29th.and continues through Sunday, May 31st.

If you haven’t visited Mohonk Mountain House in the past, the spectacular retreat will, literally knock your socks off. The Victorian castle was built in 1869 on cliffs high above Lake Mohonk. The result is a European style hotel lodged in the scenic Hudson Valley of New York.

Mohonk is located only 90 minutes from Manhattan, off Exit 18 of the the NYS Thruway, It is a short drive to paradise.


                  Sample over 700 wine and food selection from around the world

Last year’s festival featured PBS’s Lidia Bastianich. This year, Martha Stewart will mingle with the crowd on Saturday, May30th. Celebrity PBS Chef and ‘Good Morning  America’ food editor, Sara Moulton will entertain you during the weekend.

The events kick-off on Friday, May 29th.
5:30pm Welcome Cocktail Reception (by Invitation only)
6:00pm Silent Auction to benefit Cystic Fibrosis
7:30pm Wine & Food Gala ($135)

Saturday, May 30th
11am-12pm Trade & Press Grand Tasting ($75)
12-5pm   Grand Tasting (general admission)
Culinary Chef Demonstration
VIP & Celebrity Appearances
Wine & Food Seminars ($30 per seminar with purchase of admission)
Mixology Demonstration
Organic & Slow Food Cuisine
1--5:30pm Red Carpet Cru Tasting  ($120)
7:30pm  Dinner & Entertainment (Let’s Mingle)

Sunday, May 31st  
Wine Seminars ($30 per seminar with purchase of admission)
Cooking Demonstrations
Medal & Award Announcements
Grand Tasting (general admission) $75

This years event will include:
Chefs and Culinary Experts:
Rose Levy Berenbaum
Marcus Guiliano
Lou DiPalo
Rosanna di Michele
Sara Moulton (Saturday & Sunday)
Martha Stewart (Saturday)

Wine Gurus:
Kevin Zraly
Michael Weiss
Steven Koplan
Mile Rupcic

Max Soly

The event will have over 700 wines and specialty foods from around the world.
Tickets can be purchased at:
Overnight reservations and complete weekend ticket packages are available at Mohonk Mountain House by calling 888-976-0785

Escape the city and come to the country, wine and food country, that is, at the ‘Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz, held on May 29-31st  at Mohonk Mountain House.

Philip S. Kampe
Maria Reveley

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Isn't it time to think about $10 and under summer wines? by Philip S. Kampe

Spring has sprung, as they say. Flowers are growing. The cherry trees are in full bloom.
For many, the outdoor season has begun.

This is the time of year that I look for the summer wines I will serve to our endless crop of summer guests. The wines I look for are like the ‘wines by the glass’ at restaurants and wine bars.

We live year round in two locations, the mountainous and cultural Berkshires of western Massachusetts and on the 26th floor of an apartment overlooking the Hudson River, directly opposite the 79th street boat basin in Manhattan.

In Massachusetts, we entertain in our backyard or in the back porch.
In New Jersey, our 20 foot balcony serves the purpose.

As you know, I am originally from New Orleans and love to cook. My wife’s family is from the Isle of Capri, where they love to eat and drink.
Food and wine is often our focus.

In my search for the perfect summer wine that retails at $10 or under,.I generally look for wines from countries that have international grapes, few tannins, fresh, crisp and fruit forward.
Wines, as I mentioned earlier that can be served by the glass.

Ironically, this year, I didn’t look too far.
I found my sacred summer wine in record time. The name of the wine that I found is ‘Decopas’, when translated into Argentine slang, ‘Decopas’ means ‘by the glass’.

The tradition in Argentina, as in many countries, is that after the conclusion of a work day, Happy Hour begins. Argentinians have their own expression for Happy Hour, which is, ‘De copes’ or by the glass.

At roughly $10 a bottle plus a 20% case discount, Decopas could cost as little as $8  a bottle.
That translates into a summer of enjoyment with a small investment.

The two wines I chose are from Decopas and harvested in Mendoza, Argentina.
Decopas 2014 Sauvignon Blanc: This wonderful white wine is made solely from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. It is fermented in stainless steel. The grapes are hand harvested. Alcohol content is 13.1%.
The color of the wine is clear with a golden hue. The aromas of grapefruit and melon are followed by floral overtones. My mouth lit up due its crisp, fresh minerality that lingered on my palate. Add a faint earthy quality to this wine and dollar for dollar this is a true value wine.
You may ask why I chose a Sauvignon Blanc from Argentina? Think about the alluvial soils, high altitude at the base of the Andes and its geographic location. Those are a couple of reason why I chose this wine.

The red wine I chose is the 2014 Decopas Malbec. Fresh, fruity and straight forward is how I would characterize this velvety wine. Its medium body and smooth mouth feel makes this acidic wine a perfect food wine. The grapes are hand harvested and aged for four months in stainless steel. The alcohol content is 13.5%.
This is a great value wine and a wine that can be served day after day. Maybe that’s called a ‘go to wine’?

Hopefully, these recommendations will work for you, as they did for me. It’s time to get a jump on summer before all of the good summer wines are gone.

Philip S. Kampe