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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

ITALY VISIT....by Philip S. Kampe

This is my last night in Italy. It is 2am and my flight is at 6am.
I am in ROME.
More updates to follow on this FABULOUS adventure to the DOMODIMANTI vineyards in
LE MARCHE.

Philip S. Kampe

Saturday, August 21, 2010

VILLA BRUNELLA..."The Isle of Capri's Best Hidden Secret" GREAT Wine, Food and Hotel Beauty...by Philip S. Kampe

On a recent trip to Italy, with the Isle of Capri as the destination, we stayed at 'The GEM of Capri, VILLA BRUNELLA'. Family run and a hotel with the BEST VIEW of the Island, our stay was something to write about, which I am doing now!!

The friendliness of Vincenao and his wife, Signora Bruenella, made our stay, easily the BEST in all of Italy.

Located near the Faraglioni rocks, our room, 55, has a view of the island, which is unmatched.
If you visit, please stay in Room 55...
Our room has a view of the picturesque bay of Marina Piccola.

VILLA BRUNELLA has a wonderful restaurant that is known for it's Gastonomic Mediterranean cuisine. Plus the wine selection is reasonabley priced and a perfect match for the wonderful cuisine served by their fabulous chef.

Our dining experience was unforgettable.

The swimming pool, with it's large solarium, has a panaromaic view of the island. We ordered a bottle of local wine and some appetizers to help us appreciate the visual fantasies of the Isle of Capri.

This is the first leg of our stop, which ends at the Inaugaral Opening (August 28th) of a spa and hotel on the DOMODIMANTI vineyards in Le Marche.

To view photos and info on VILLA BRUNELLA, visit http://www.villabruenella.it/

PHILIP S. KAMPE

Friday, August 13, 2010

The U.S. WINE MARKET PROJECTIONS AND TRENDS for 2010 by Philip S. Kampe

U.S. WINE MARKET PROJECTIONS for 2010
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++The U.S. is expected to move from 3rd largest wine market to the single LARGEST Worldwide in 2010++

++IMPORTED WINES , which represent 27.3% of the total U.S. market, have recorded an impressive increase of 11 share points over the past 10 years++

++U.S. WINE CONSUMPTION had a per capita increase to 12.3 liters per person per year++

++The U.S. market is largely dominated by still wines ( 87.9% of U.S. wine comsumption) which increased +74% from 1990 to 2005. Better quality wine from all around the world, aggressive targeted marketing campaigns, and increasing consumer sophistication and interest in 'food and wine' seem to explain this upward trend. Champagne has progressively become less of an exclusive beverage, thus boosting sparkling wine sales++

++WHITE wine represents 44% of the total U.S. wine market++

++RED wine represents 42.8% of the total U.S. wine market++

++ROSE represent 12.6% of the total U.S. wine market++
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Source: SOPEXAusa

PHILIP S. KAMPE

Monday, August 9, 2010

DRY ROSE FREE FRENCH WINE TASTINGS IN NEW YORK and the HAMPTONS by Philip S. Kampe

COMPLIMENTARY TASTINGS OF DRY ROSE WINES FROM THE SOUTH OF FRANCE ( COTES de PROVENCE) WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE FOLLOWING WINE RETAILERS:

August 12th 6-9pm CABRINI WINES and LIQUORS, 831 West 181st

August 13th 5-8pm COLUMBUS CIRCLE WINES, 1802 Broaadway near 58th

August 14th 4-7pm GOTHAM WINES & LIQUORS, 2517 Broadway at 94th

August 20th 5-8pm EAST END WINE EXCHANGE, 68 East End Avenue

August 21st 5-8pm BEACON WINE & SPIRITS, 2120 Broadway at 74th

August 25th 4:30-7:30pm GARNET WINES & LIQUORS, 929 Lexington Ave. near 68th

August 26th 5:30-8:30pm HEIGHTS CHATEAU, 123 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn

August 27th 6-9pm RED, WHITE & BUBBLY, 211 5th Avenue, Brooklyn

September 4th 4-7pm 67 WINE, 179 Columbus Avenue

THE HAMPTONS:
August 27th 4-7pm SAG HARBOR LIQUOR, 52 Main Street, Sag Harbor

August 28th 4-7pm ZABI WINE & LIQUOR, 80 Country Road 39, Southampton
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The Roses from Cotes de Provence are the best 'Dry Roses in the World'.
PLEASE take advantage of the opportunity to sample these affordable, 'World Class Roses', FREE of CHARGE., courtesy of your local wine merchant.


PHILIP S. KAMPE

Thursday, August 5, 2010

ITALY leads U.S. Wine Imports with AUSTRALIA second....by Philip S. Kampe

ITALY has maintained thr role of leading exporter of bottled wine in the U.S. for the first five months of the year. AUSTRALIA is second, according to the Italian Wine and Food Institute.

U.S. wine imports have experienced a DECREASE in Quantity and an INCREASE in Value, as compared to the same period in 2009.

Collectively, U.S. imports amounted to 3.3 million hectoliters, with a value of 1.3 billion dollars, which is equal to a decrease of 2.4% in quantity and a 6.5% increase in value compared to the same period in 2009.

The average original price per imported LITER of bottled wine was:

$4.92 for Italian, which was no change

$3.57 for Australian versus $3.51

$ 8.05 for French versus $9.39

$3.30 for Chilean versus $3.35

$3.88 for Argentina versus $3.89

In the group above, Italy was the only country with an increase in sales.

Sparkling wine and Prosecco were catagory winners with an increase of 36.1 % and 34.2 % in sales for the first five months of the year.

Imports from New Zealand increased by 35.3%.

Imports from Germany were up 8.5 %.

Imports from Spain increased by 26.5 %.

PHILIPS. KAMPE

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The top 10 players of our weekly wine quiz - July Edition


Congratulations to Richard Goodman and to the other top 9 players of the weekly wine quiz.
Great job!

1st - GOODMAN RICHARD - 3475pts - 00:15:05

2nd - BOULANGER RODOLPHE - 3375pts - 00:12:12

3rd - WETHERILL STEPHANIE - 3250pts - 00:17:08

4th - WELLS EVAN - 3175pts - 00:13:19

5th - ROSS RICK - 3100pts - 00:14:41

6th - KINNAN DON - 3050pts -00:16:59

7th - CROSLEY JOE - 2975pts - 00:14:20

8th - MALAGRIFA PAUL - 2950pts - 00:16:39

9th - GOUTTENOIRE PIERRE - 2825pts - 00:14:42

10th - GENNARO VIRGILIO - 2825pts - 00:16:21

To play our quizzes, please go to www.thewinehub.com and click on "Test you Knowledge"

Sunday, August 1, 2010

CHOCOLATE FOR WINE...BRIX..THE FIRST CHOCOLATE SPECIFICALLY BLENDED TO COMPLIMENT WINE by Philip S. Kampe

BRIX CHOCOLATE http://www.brixchocolate.com/ is a chocolate that is specifically designed by Dr. Nick Proia to compliment wine. The key factor: Chocolate from Ghana is known for it's red fruit tones that actually enhance those nuances found in wines, without confusing the palate.
Dr. Proia has worked with the chemistry of these chocolates from Ghana to pair perfectly with wine.

BRIX offers three types of chocolate for wine pairing: MILK, DARK and EXTRA DARK.

BRIX MILK CHOCOLATE is designed to pair with lighter reds and dessert wines. The pairings work best with Ports, Ice Wines, Roses, Pinot Noir and Sherry.

BRIX DARK CHOCOLATE is the most versitile of the three types offered. It pairs perfectly with light Cabs, heavy Pinot Noirs, Zinfandel, Merlot, Sangiovese ( Chianti) and Carmenere.

BRIX EXTRA DARK is designed to pair with the heavy reds: Barolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Malbec, peppery Zinfandel and Syrah.

" According to Dr. Proia, "CHOCOLATE and WINE are an amazing duo. They bring out the Best in each other. The natural tannins in the cocoa prime the palate for the tannins in the wine, allowing the other flavors in the wine to shine".

At $8.99 an 8 ounce bar, it is the perfect time to venture into the World of Pairing Chocolate with Wine.

BRIX is now sold in many wine shops, but, if you can't find the bars, order online.

Forget the cheese, for a change, and try CHOCOLATE!!

PHILIP S. KAMPE