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Saturday, April 30, 2011

TOAST OF THE TOWN...NEW YORK'S "BEST CONSUMER EVENT" is on MAY 5th at AVERY FISHER HALL at LINCOLN CENTER by Philip S.Kampe

Every Year I count the days until the BIg DAY arrives.
This year, the TOAST OF THE TOWN, takes place on Thursday, May 5th at AVERY FISHER HALL,located in New York's Lincoln Center.

The TOAST OF THE TOWN IS NEW YORK'S "BEST CONSUMER TICKET".

For $169 VIP you are given early entrance (6pm),an opportunity to try Rare Vintage and Reserve wines that are only offered to VIP Ticket Holders.

Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $109, with entrance at 7pm.

Tickets can be purchased ONLINE by visiting www.ToastofTheTown.com

What is included?
A wine Tasting Experience that may change your life. Over 500 wines, beer and spirits are offered. It is a real opportunity to Sample wines before purchasing them or just trying those Rare or Over Expensive wines that you read about. Plus, in many cases, you will have the opportunity to talk directly with the winemaker.

Secondly, over 50 restaurants participate in the event. The 50 restaurants that participate are not your 'run of the mill' restaurants, but, New York's Finest. (A pdf file on the Toast of The Town website lists all of the participating restaurants,including their dishes,as well as all of the vineyards with the wines being poured)

And finally, Avery Fisher Hall is a perfect backdrop for the evening. The Grand Hall is perfect host for this Grand Event. Music for the evening will be provided by the World Famous 'JONNY HIRSCH BAND'.

A short list of the participating wineries: CASTELLO BANFI; STAG'S LEAP; PENFOLD'S; CLOUDY BAY; SCHRAMSBERG; TRINCHERO; S.A.PRUM; De LOACH and FEUDI di SAN GREGORIO.

Some of the participating restaurants include: PICHOLINE; SD26; THALASSA; PRANNA; NONNA; MACELLERIA; BOCCA; BLT FISH; BAR BASQUE and BARBETTA.

The stage is set for a SPECIAL EVENING...


PHILIP S.KAMPE
MARIA REVELEY

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Kloster Andechs: possibly the best beer of the planet?

This month we had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite places in Germany: Kloster Andechs.
My wife and I had to travel from Italy (where we attended Vinitaly) to Mainz (to attend the VDP Weinboerse) and this wonderful monastery just happened to be on our way....
 

Kloster Andechs is a Benedictine monastery just south of Munich renowned in Germany and beyond for its Baroque church (1712), but mostly for its beer which it has been brewing since 1455. 
Carl Orff (the composer of Carmina Burana) is buried in the Andechs chapel. 

Andechs makes a few varieties of beer, they are all excellent and here's a list of them:

1 ▪ Andechser Weißbier Hell – an unfiltered, cloudy wheat beer with a light colour.
Tastes a bit fruity and very, very nice (5.5 per cent alcohol).
2 ▪ Andechser Weißbier Dunkel – this is what they call a “character beer”, quite heavy so you shouldn’t need to eat for a while afterwards. It’s an unfiltered, dark, wheaty brew with a pleasant aroma (5 per cent alcohol).
3 ▪ Andechser Hell – touted as a “beer for daily enjoyment”, this is basically lager with a nice malt flavour (4.8 per cent alcohol).
4 ▪ Andechser Spezial Hell – a lager that’s often pulled out for festivals and special events (5.9 per cent alcohol).
5 ▪ Andechser Dunkel – a slightly spicy dark beer, good after big meals.
It’s got a very similar taste to the Doppelbock Dunkel with a smaller kick (4.9 per cent alcohol).
6 ▪ Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel – the internationally famous knock-out brew. This dark concoction is guaranteed to knock your socks off (7.1 per cent alcohol).
7 ▪ Andechser Bergbock Hell – the light-coloured, mild version of the famous Doppelbock (6.9 per cent alcohol).

My favorite is the Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel. A beer that tastes like wine... Is that why I love it so much?  :)

Cheers,
LA
 

Kloster Andechs
Location: Berg Strasse 2, 82346 Andechs
Phone: (08152) 37 62 61





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