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Friday, November 21, 2014

Wines that go with Thanksgiving Pie by Philip S. Kampe

                                                     Joseph Carr of Josh Cellars

 I know I may sound a little like a Joseph Carr ad in this article, but, after reading the latest issue of The Tasting Panel magazine, where Joseph is featured, it was only fitting for me to sample his wines for the Holiday season.

Joseph and I have been friends for years. We met originally at the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, followed by the Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic, when, at the time I was involved behind the scenes. Since those early days, Joseph Carr has become a large wine personality.

His relatively new line of JOSH wines
are available at your local wine merchant. As you will see the results are amazing. Obviously the wines are made to drink and enjoy, either alone or with food. But, pairing them with Thanksgiving or Christmas desserts has its advantages.

Below are the results:

Apple Pie, the American tradition
Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
Aromatics of fresh lime and citrus are the core of this Sauvignon Blanc. The bouquet is intense, with nectar, peach, and tropical melon. My palate was crisp, acidic and alive with clean, balanced fruit flavors of apple, kiwi and pear. 
Pecan Pie, the southern tradition
Josh Cellars Chardonnay
Chardonnay pairs well as it is a medium bodied wine that is versatile enough to stand up to some of the richer flavors and sweetness in the pie. Tropical fruits and citrus, beautifully marry the background  notes of oak. Bright yellow and white stone fruit lingers on the palate followed by fresh acidity.
Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Pie, a New England tradition
Josh Cellars Pinot Noir
Aromas of cherry and strawberry on the nose with layers of spicy oak are captured in Josh Cellars’ Pinot Noir.  On the palate, the wine is plush and subtle, yet has a firm texture. Dark cherry and chocolate flavors fill the mouth with a rich intensity and lingering finish.  The earthiness and spice of the Pinot Noir compliments both pies’ cinnamon and spice.
Mincemeat Pie, our parents tradition
Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet is an approachable blend with aromas of rich, dark fruit and baking spices on the nose yielding to fresh plum, blackberry, violet, dried fig and vanilla bean. The cab has intense plum and blackberry flavors, prominently layered with smoky and sappy maple oak followed by roasted almonds and hazelnuts. Its firm tannins and full body will stand up against the rich fruit flavors, spices and brown sugar featured in this decadent pie.
Philip S. Kampe


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#winelover-s, I just would like you to get your attention for a very urgent problem in Italy: #SaveLugana

Dear all, friends and #winelover-s... 
I just would like you to get your attention for a very urgent problem in Italy. Just imagine, in one of your favorite regions, 20% of the quality producing vineyards are threatened by plans for a High Speed train. This is what happens now in Lugana. 
That is why, as co-ambassador of the #winelover community in the Netherlands, I would like to invite you to have a look at this web-page, and then decide if you too want to sign the petition! 
Don't let it happen, please! Thank you for your attention.
Wishing you all the very best! Have a great day! 
Warm greetings, 
Christian Callec, #winelover