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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Blantyre's (Lenox, Massachusetts) 12,000 bottle Wine List Dazzles the Experts by Philip S. Kampe

Here it is, a portion of one of the most amazing wine lists in America. Blantyre, a Relais & Chateaux property, built during the 'Gilded Age' has maintained distinction in both its hotel and dining arenas.

Recently, I spent an afternoon with Wine Director, Christelle Cotar, and viewed Blantyre's wine cellars in the basement of the main building. There are three separate wine cellars, each housing close to 4,000 bottles, making a grand total of 12,000 bottles.

Bottles retail from $50 to $20,000.
Below is a snapshot view of the wine list, as of August, 2015.


                                          

Philip S. Kampe
philip.kampe@thewinehub.com

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Old Inn On The Green's wine cellar dates back to the late 1700's by Philip S. Kampe and Maria Reveley



                                            
                                            The Wine Cellar dates back to the 1700's

                                             

                                                                                                   
                                                              
                                          The Wine List's  focus is on French wines

                                                       
Much has been written about the incomparable restaurant at the Old Inn On The Green, skillfully operated by proprietor and Star Chef Peter Platt. The superb wine program is effectively run by hands-on Wine Director, James Stahl. It’s easy to hop on the bandwagon. The food is great. The ambiance is ‘New England Romantic’ and the wait staff is efficient, courteous and knowledgeable. 

Living a few miles away from this haven, located on Route 57 in New Marlborough, Massachusetts, the Old Inn On The Green has been a true destination for thousands of year round visitors.  
Why not? 

The Inn is off the beaten path, yet, close enough to take in the local seasonal activities: Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow,  Berkshire Theater Festival, Butternut and Catamount ski areas, Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts and the Norman Rockwell Museum, jus to name a few highlights of this cultural mecca called the Berkshires.

There are five guest bedrooms at the Inn. All rooms have been restored with authenticity, antiques, country furniture and that special New England flair. Some rooms have fireplaces, others have balconies.

Next store is the Thayer House, which is part of the Old Inn. Six guest bedrooms, all air-conditioned are housed in the building that has two large living rooms, a country library and a swimming pool.

Each room has a magnificent view of the bucolic countryside.

The Inn dates back to 1760 and was a stagecoach relay station in its heyday. .

In 2013, Yankee magazine rated the Old Inn On The Green as ‘The Best of the Oldest, No.1 Historic Inn. New England’.

With such a pedigree, the Inn can only dazzle you with its affordable rates of $260-$360 in high season plus specially priced room and meal packages in addition to the world class restaurant ($40 prix fixe menu on certain nights).

If you want to enjoy New England’s history in a historic setting, then the Old Inn On The Green is for you.
                                                               The Taproom
                                                      The Old Inn On The Green
                                                             A la Carte Menu

                                                  Chef and Owner, Peter Platt

                                                    Wine Director James Stahl

Visit www.OldInn.com for more information.

Philip S. Kampe
philip.kampe@thewinehub.com 

Maria Reveley
maria.kampe@thewinehub.com