Friday, February 27, 2015

"The Death of Screw Caps". You can thank @Coravin for that, #winelover!


Breaking news: According to my latest article - "The Death of Screw Caps." -, the future is bright and full of natural corks! :)

"I can’t agree with you more Luiz. I am Greg, the founder of Coravin, and I must admit, I hate screw tops because they prevent me from drinking wines the way I want to, which is any volume, any time, without compromise. I love cork and it’s incredible elasticity and longevity! I celebrate anytime a producer shifts back to cork. That said, I’m working on a system that works with screw tops. It won’t be as good as cork, but pretty good. I will use it, and I hope to make it available to all if I can. My preference in the end however, will always be for the beauty of the natural cork."  Greg Lambrecht  

So... keep calm, use cork... and keep drinking wine!

You can read the full article here:



Luiz Alberto, I combine my passion for wine with social media.
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

It's only 100 days to the "Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz" by Philip S. Kampe

                    Opening ceremony Saber Ceremony Honors belong to co-founder, Sam Ramic

Leave it to Kevin Zraly and Sam Remic of the International Wine Masters plus their staff of dedicated members to come up with a brilliant wine and food idea.
Why not create a premier Wine & Food Festival close (90 miles) to Manhattan?.
Why not have the showplace of American historical hotels, the Mohonk Mountain House, host the festival? 
Why not invite the leaders of the wine and food industry to show their goods, hold seminars, create wine dinners and stage celebrity chef demonstrations?

After years of planning, on May 29th, the ‘WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL of NEW PALTZ’’ will begin its second year of the first step to becoming the next major wine and food festival in America.

At the opening ceremonies for the inaugural WFFNP (let me be the first to shorten the name), cookbook author, guest seminar host and true supporter of the festival, Lidia Bastianich, rose to the occasion by noting that all of the hard work of the International Wine Masters will pay off, as this venture is sure to become a success and will be one of the ‘Premier Wine & Food Festivals in America’.

So, if I were you, I would pencil in the weekend of May 29th and be the ‘’First To Attend” the  Second Annual‘Wine & Food Festival of New Pa;tz’. My gut feeling tells me that will be one of the most successful wine and food festivals in America, on par, in the near future with Aspen.
   Crowd favorite Lidia Bastianich at the 'Gem of the Hudson Valley', Mohonk Mountain House

Here’s the line-up, which is better explained on the festival’s website:

29 May Friday
5:30pm Welcome  Cocktail Reception (Invitation only)
6:00pm     Silent Auction (proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis)
7:30pm   Wine and Food Gala

30 May Saturday
11am-noon  Press Trade Grand Tasting
12-5pm        Consumer Grand Tasting (Genral Admission)
12-5:30pm   Culinary Chef Demonstrations
                     Wine & Food Seminars
                     Organic & Slow Food Cuisine
                      Wine & Mixology Competition
                      VIP & Celebrity Appearances
1:30-5:30pm  Red Carpet Cru Tasting
8:00pm               Dinner & Entertainment

31 May  Sunday
10-4pm    Wine Seminars
                 Cooking Demonstrations
                 Medal & Award Announcements
12-4pm    Grand Tasting  (General Admission)

Isn’t it time to plan to attend the Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz?

For overnight reservations at the Mohonk Mountain House, call 888-976-0785
The Hotline number for the event is: 646-527-9500

Philip S. Kampe

WHISKY LIVE 2015 returns to New York on Wednesday, February 25th posted by Philip S. Kampe

Whisky Live New York returns to Chelsea Piers for its 11th year on February 25, 2015. The event presents New Yorkers with the opportunity to enjoy a complete night out while sampling some of the best whiskies from around the world under one roof. A fabulous dinner buffet will be available throughout the evening.
What: Whisky Live New York
When: February 25
Where: Pier 60 @ Chelsea Piers
How (Much): VIP tickets are $149 (tasting open 5:30 PM to 10 PM); Standard tickets are $119 (tasting open 6:30 PM to 10 PM). Tickets can be purchased at
 Use DISCOUNT code WLSCOTCH or wildram for a savings.
International Tasting Event Features Whiskies Galore

Whisky Live, the annual, internationally renowned tasting event held in dozens of cities around the world, returns to Chelsea Piers in New York City on February 25. Produced by Whisky Magazine, the show is in its 11th year and offers New Yorkers an opportunity to taste from over 300 of the world’s best whiskies and learn the stories behind them from master distillers, brand ambassadors and industry experts.  
VIP Tickets to Whisky Live New York are $149 and include unlimited tastings from 5:30 to 10 PM, a lavish dinner buffet, live entertainment, a souvenir Glencairn tasting glass to take home and a one-year subscription to Whisky Magazine.  Standard ticket ($119) entrance is from 6:30 PM.  Master classes include The Glenlivet and a special class to be announced by Diageo. Additionally, Balblair will feature a new release and introduce four new vintages to the US in its master class.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at

The growth of the whisk(e)y category in the US has been staggering. 2014 statistics reported by Euromonitor show that for the first time since 2007 US consumers spent more on whiskies than they did on vodka. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the highest price level is the fastest-growing: From 2002 to 2013, super-premium sales for American, Scotch and Irish whiskies rose 299 percent, 448 percent and a whopping 1878 percent, respectively.
Whisky Live New York is a prime opportunity to sample premium single malt Scotches, bourbons, ryes and Irish whiskies as well as a chance to talk to distillers about their work and the industry in general. Titan brands like Johnnie Walker, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, The Glenlivet, Beam and Heaven Hill will be featured side by side with dozens of spirits from boutique distilleries, including New York’s own Tuthilltown Spirits and Utah’s High West Distillery, and award-winning world whiskies from producers in the US, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and elsewhere.
All told, more than 60 different brands will be pouring in excess of 300 whiskies at the event.  The top whisky bars’ bartenders will be on hand mixing up special whiskey cocktails.  Master distillers and global brand ambassadors from around the world will also be in attendance, pouring their products and meeting fans. Updates on the show’s lineup will be broadcast on Twitter (@WhiskyLiveNY) and Facebook (WhiskyLIVE USA) in the weeks leading up to the show.
“Whisky Live New York provides the opportunity to taste some of the world’s best whiskies in one place,” says event president David Sweet. “On top of that, the event is a fantastic experience and complete night out.”
Whisky Live New York is proud to welcome its media sponsors Whisky Magazine, Celtic Life International Magazine, Artisan Spirit Magazine and Scotland Magazine.  The event takes place on Wednesday, February 25, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers, the only dedicated event space on Manhattan’s waterfront with gorgeous views of the Hudson. The VIP tasting hour begins at 5:30 PM, with general admission opening at 6:30 PM. The event ends at 10 PM, with the last pour at 9:40 PM. For more information, please visit the New York page at


Trade Members, sign up for a Complimentary 'Unveiling Bobal Seminar and Tasting' on February 24th (NYC) postd by Philip S. Kampe

Seats are limited! Register Now!!

Don’t miss out on this educational seminar on
Unveiling Bobal
with Nora Favelukes and Brian Freedman!
Unveiling Bobal Seminar
Date:          Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Time:         11:00AM - 12:15PM
Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Metropolitan, NYC
                    569 Lexington Avenue @ 51st Street
Did you know??
  • Bobal is the third largest planted varietal in Spain after Airen and Tempranillo
  • It is native to Utiel-Requena
  • +90 years old dry farmed bush vines
  • Organic vineyards - Certified organic wines
  • Great Price/Quality Ratio
  • New Winemaking Techniques and Modern Technology 
Want more Bobal?? Click here for the blog written by Nora Z. Favelukes,
Society of Wine Educators 2014 Conference
QW Wine Experts

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Expo Milano 2015, "The Great World Food Event" meets Gala Italia's 30th Birthday Wine & Food Celebration by Philip S. Kampe

The room was packed as the representatives from Milano 2015 spoke to the audience at the Italian Cultural Institute, prior to the 30th Anniversary Extravaganza of "Gala Italia", which took place at the elegant Pierre Hotel's Grand Ballroom on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

The theme of Expo Milano 2015 is "FEEDING the PLANET, Energy for LIFE". The topic was discussed after a dynamic presentation that focused on Milano 2015's role in the universe. The exhibition will take place from 1 May to 31 October, 2015 in Milan, with an estimated 24 million people attending.

Milan will become a global showcase for 94% of the world's population (145 participating countries) that will exchange ideas and shared solutions guaranteeing healthy , safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the planet.  Creativity and innovation for a sustainable future is the expo's goal.

Consumers will have the opportunity to sample some of the world's best dishes, while discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of each of the exhibitor countries. Discussions around nutrition and the resources of our planet will focus on solutions for future generations.

Coincidentally, after the end of the presentation of Expo Milano 2015, a group of thirty plus participants hiked down Park Avenue in sub-zero weather to secure entrance for 'Gala Italia 30', one of the most important events in the United States which promotes products 'Made In Italy'.

The event is organized by the Italian Wine & Food Institute under the patronage of the Italian Ambassador to Washington and with the sponsorship of the Italian Trade Commission and Veronafiere-Vinitaly.

Each year I witness the smiling face of Dr. Lucio Caputo, the man who is known for the success of placing Italian wines throughout America. As far back as I can remember, Dr. Caputo focuses his resources and creativity to make the Gala Italia a success.

                          Success of the Italian wine industry in the U.S. grows year by year.

Wine consumption in the U.S.began in the mid-1970's and has grown ever since. As you can see by the chart, Italian wines were rarely consumed in America in the 70's until a promotional campaign was conducted by Dr. Lucio Caputo, then a member of the Italian Trade Commission in New York. French wines dominated the market. It was not until 1975 when the Italians began a seven year campaign.. During the past forty years, unknown Italian wines have grown from being irrelevant to dominating the market.


                    '30 Bottles of 30 year old wine marks the 30th Anniversary of Gala Italia'

Gala Italia, besides highlighting wine, also focuses on food products that are made in Italy, as well as a number of Italian restaurants that show their wares using Italian products. Participating New York restaurants for Gala Italia 30 include Cacio e Vino, Le Cirque, Macelleria, Osterio del Circo, Piada NY, Risotteria Melotti, Serafina and Sirio.



Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that Gala Italia 30 is " a celebration of the festive spirit and good taste that defines both New York and Italy. As a global hub of progress, commerce and culture, our city is as singular as a rare vintage wine, and Gala Italia, which features a variety of traditional and acclaimed Italian foods and wines, is a highly anticipated annual event. Evidence of Italy's profound and lasting impact on the five boroughs is everywhere--from our restaurants to our classrooms and from our architecture to our concert halls--and I am honored to share ancestral roots with hundreds of thousands of proud Italian New Yorkers. I extend molto grazie to Gala Italia for strengthening ties between New York and Italy while uniting residents from all backgrounds and walks of life in revelry and kinship".

                                                                   "Made in Italy"


                                                               "Made In Italy"

                                                              "Made In Italy"

                                                              "Made In Italy"

                                                               "Made In Italy"
                                                        "Not all Made In Italy"


Philip S. Kampe    

Buy You tickets for Expo Milano 2015 at:                                  

Why not Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Burgundy from the Boisset Collction? by Philip S. Kampe

                   Jean Charles Boisset (JCB) #21 & #69, Cremant de Bourgogne & Rose (1.5L)

The rooftop elevator door opened at the Strand Hotel (33 West 37th Street, NYC) and I was immediately met by Michael VonSalzen, who was dressed in a Fleet Street pinstripe suit. Michael is the Brand Manager/Regional Sales Manager for New York. He had a sparkle in his eyes as he introduced himself and the Boisset Collection.  This afternoon, Chinese New Year, I had the opportunity to sample Boisset's 2012 Burgundy selections.

As spokesman for the afternoon, Sommelier VonSalzen introduced me to the afternoons 'Boisset Collection Wine Experience'. Never before have we had a gathering this thoroughly Burgundy dedicated solely to the connoisseurs of New York City, your international tastes and style.

According to Jean-Charles Boisset, " The wines from Domaine de la Vougerai, from my home in Vougeot, created in limited quantities are biodynamic and organic gems from some of the most renowned vineyards in Burgundy. These bottles enclose the ultimate balance of elegant complexity built on subtle but tenacious structure".

                                      The 2012 Domaine de la Vougeraie Selection

Mr. Jean-Charles Boisset gos on to say. " The exilirs that bear my signature are true expressions of Burgundian terroir, each cru is crafted in Nuits-Saint-Georges with minimalist intervention to release the unique personality of each and every grape. From the historical heart of Beaune, the House of Bouchard Aine & Fils, brings a long tradition of savoir-faire to capture the essence of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay".

Well, Mr. Boisset and VonSalzen were right, these wines are what the real Burgundian  expressions are all about. From the first aromatic to the unique properties of Burgundy wine on the palate, there are few wines that express Burgundy as those of the Jean-Charles Boisset Collection.

My favorites include:
Beaune 1er Cru "Clos du Roi" 2012
Chambolle-Musignay  2012
Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2012
Corton Grand Cru "Clos du Roi" 2012
Gervey-Chambertin "La Justice" 2012
Vougeot "Clos du Pieure" Monopole Blanc 2012

Not a bad way to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the year of the 'Sheep'.

Philip S. Kampe

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Unleash Your Inner Devil", a Wine Adventure by Philip S. Kampe

                                           Mardi Gras 2015 in Hoboken, New Jersey

Mardi Gras takes place each year in my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. When you are a bit misplaced from your original hometown, you try to celebrate 'Fat Tuesday' in a different way. Fortunately, the Tulane Alumni Association of New Jersey through a small Mardi Gras get-together at City Bistro on 14th Street in Hoboken. In he photo above, local Chairman Michael L. Cohn represents the colors of Mardi Gras. Did you know that the colors of Mardi Gras each has a meaning. Purple is for justice, Green is for faith and Gold is for Power.

City Bistro served Abita beer and Maria,my wife, and I munched on Shrimp Po' Boys, followed by several pieces of King Cake, a New Orleans tradition.

The next Mardi Gras stop was a Champagne Tasting and Fashion Show, hosted by IPO Wines and David Bowler Selections. This stop was both business and pleasure, as it was an industry event that happened to fall on Mardi Gras. Nothing wrong with working on Mardi Gras. Besides writing about events, I am a scout for retailers, finding quality/value wine selections for wine merchants and various restaurants.

Twenty Champagnes and one Franciacorta were poured.

Franciacorta is the true Italian version of Champagne, made in the same process as Champagne. It is not Prosecco and I mean that in a good way.

My favorite Champagnes from IPO Wines and David Bowler were:
J. Lassalle Brut Reserve Preference NV ($48)
J. Lasalle Cuvee Angeline Brut 1er Cru  2007  ($69)
Paul Bara Brut Grand Cru  2004   ($67)
Playez-Jacquemart Extra Quality Brut NV  ($45)
Tarlant 'Zero' Brut Nature NV (2007 base)  ($60)
Lilbert-Fils Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs NV  ($73)

As you can see from the photos above, lots of Champagne was poured while the fashion show was going on. One of my wine friends who is in the wine business and his band played music during the entire event.

As the hours passed, I knew it was time to return home and entertain a couple of friends who have the Mardi Gras spirit.. Upon arriving home, I took out a couple of CD's, Dr. John and Professor Longhair. As the music warmed the house, I turned on the stove, peeled a mound of shrimp and opened a couple bottles of Chilean wine.

Since it was Mardi Gras and only hours away from Ash Wednesday, the obvious wine choices were the  newly released 2013 'Devil's Collection' of wines from Concha y Toro..

Their tag line is "Unleash Your Inner Devil".

And that, I did!

                                                   2013 Casillero del Diablo (red)
                                                  2013 Casillero del Diablo (white)

Dinner consisted of BBQ shrimp, Mosca's style, with lots of oregano and garlic. Jambalaya with shrimp, chicken, mussels and sausage followed.Both wines brought the best out of the food.

The Devil's Collection white wine paired with both courses. The wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and, yes, Gewurztraminer, all from Chile's Casablanca Valley. It is a very fresh, well-balanced wine with citrus aromas that focus on fruit, spcifically pineapple, honey, lime and apricot. The  flavors coat your palate just enough to balance out with the food.

The Castillo del Diablo Red is made with 60% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Carmenere. The wine is very impressive, dark fruit forward, well-balance and mature. It was a hit with the jambalaya, as the chicken and andouille sausage met its match. It is also a sophisticated wine that could be served on its own.

Both wines retail for under $15 and are true crowd pleasers. I bought a mixed case in no alcohol tax Massachusetts and paid 20% less for the case price.  Each bottle cost less than $12.

If you really want to enjoy Mardi  Gras, New Orleans style, why not visit the 'Big Easy' and take a case of the 'Devil's Collection' with you.

These are future dates for Mardi Gras. You should have enough time to prepare.
2016  February 9th
2017  February 28th
2018  February 13th
2019  March 5th

Like me, if you can't make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, make the best of the day, wherever you are.

Philip S. Kampe

Monday, February 16, 2015

Bordeaux's Best Wine Buy--Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere by Philip S. Kampe

                                        Historic Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere

                    Severine Bonnie travels the world to market the Bonnie Family wines

Severine Bonnie, whose in-laws, Alfred-Alexandre and Michele Bonnie, purchased and renovated the historic 18th century Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere  in 1996. Today, the Bonnie family reaps the rewards of their purchase. With foresight and a large pocketbook in-hand, the Bonnie family took over the realms of the oldest wine producing terroir in Bordeaux.

By executing the plans of total renovation, gravity fed technology and sustainability, Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere is once, again, high on the charts of both wine critics and consumers. Add family members, son Jean-Jacques, daughter, Veronique and their spouses, Severine and Bruno to the mix and you have a well run, skilled operation, both on the marketing side, as well as the day to day operations of this 130 acre vineyard.

The wines, both red and white, have once again, regained their favored position worldwide. Sixty per cent of the two-hundred and thirty thousand bottles (200k red and 30k white) that are produced are exported to buyers from around the world, including the top markets, Canada, Belgium, United Kingdom Germany, Japan and the U.S.  One-hundred ten acres are planted for red Bordeaux. The grapes planted are Merlot (45%), Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Cabernet Franc (8%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Twenty acres are planted with white Bordeaux grapes, of which 80% are Sauvignon Blanc and 20% are Semillon. The vines average twenty-five years old.

The vineyards are situated on well drained gravel and clay soils with limestone, rich in shells and clay as the sub-strata. The vines are densely planted and follow organic and sustainable practices. Ploughing, using horses for difficult zones of the vineyard is the accepted practice. The vineyard was certified ‘Sustainable’ in 2008. The young Bonnie family members, with their new world ideas, are turning one of world’s best vineyards into an operation that is once, again, considered a leader in its category.

The Grand Cru Classe de Graves, Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere, according to material from the winery‘ is on a new course since late 1996, when Alfred-Alexandre and Michle Bonnie bought the estate. Beginning in 1997, this Belgium couple embarked on an extensive program of changes. Assisted from 2003 by their son Jean-Jacques and his wife Severine, and joined by their eldest daughter, Veronique and husband Bruno in 2008, their top priority was to install quality at all levels of the winery, the core lavished on the wines is worthy of the estate’s superb viticultural heritage. And the ultra efficient wine making facilities, installed in 1997, are still among the most sophisticated in Bordeaux. The cellars, function rooms, Chateau and park provide a superb setting that reflects the high quality of the wines. As a result, these efforts have regained the splendor that earned its wines their international reputation. The new adventure is now a family affair’.

My host, Severin Bonnie, at a recent lunch in Manhattan, explained her families mission, as I have pointed out, regarding the rebirth of Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere. The proof is in the pudding, said one of the other wine critics, in attendance. Why don’t we try the wines? And that,we did.

Without exception, all of the wines we sampled showed beautifully. That left no doubt in my mind that what the Bonnie family has done with Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere since 1996 is without doubt, amazing.  The wines that we sampled, 2010, 2012 & 2013 were rich in flavor, silky, elegant, full-bodied and generally in a category that few wines reach.

The Chateau is one of the sixteen chateaus of the Graves region with classified growths. It is one of the few with classified growths in both red and white wine. The chateau is located in Leognan. Most of the vines are planted in the Pessac-Leognan appellation. The vineyard is carbon footprint assessed, has  a heating and refrigeration system that reduces environmental impact and a water treatment station that collects and recycles waste water.
                          The schooner on the label of this red Bordeaux is hard to forget

Isn’t it time that you tried the wines from Chateau Malartic-Lagraviere? Dollar for dollar, to me, they are the best value from Bordeaux.

Philip S. Kampe

Monday, February 9, 2015

Saturday Complimentary Wine Tastings--the 'Little Secret' by Philip S. Kampe

                               Caitlin Harrison  (Table 1)  Spirited Wine Host

Well, with a few feet of snow already on the ground and much more predicted this upcoming week, it was my responsibility to dedicate this past Saturday to sampling wines and educating my palate at the various complimentary wine tastings that take place each week in Berkshire County.

I bet these same tastings take place in your hometown all over the world. In my case, Berkshire County, Massachusetts is home to these, nearly outrageous wine tastings. What generally happens is you end up purchasing several of the wines that you sampled because you know what you are getting. Plus the wine is sold at a deep discount only at the tasting. Delivery of the wine often comes the same day or sometime later the following week or two.

There are three fabulous wine merchants where I live in western Massachusetts (Berkshire County).  Each wine merchant is unique. Their staff is eager to educate the wine buying consumers of Berkshire County. There are other wine merchants, maybe in your town, who follow the same protocol.

The three retailers that stand out of the crowd are Nejaime’s, located in both Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Dalton’s, Kelly’s Package Store and Spirited at the Lenox/Pittsfield border.

The wine business in Berkshire County relies on second home owners. The county's population is under 100,000 year round residents Due to their existence, the wine scene in Berkshire County is hopping. Add the wine driven locals to the scenario and the scene is popping.

The coalition of the second home owners and locals equates to better wines available for all consumers. The coalitions influence helps make retailers bring their best wines under $400 a bottle to tastings.

We are the ones that benefit.

One of the main benefits the consumer gets at tastings are ‘Sale Prices’ that are good for the duration of the tasting. Tastings generally run form 12-4pm on Saturdays. To learn more, first-hand, about wine tastings, sign-up online with your favorite wine merchant to receive their weekly wine newsletter, which features weekly sales, tastings, news and wine dinners.

These are the wines, the wine hosts and the prices that were in effect at Saturday’s e-mail special wine tasting at Spirited on Pittsfield, Lenox road.

Jim Nejaime is the proprietor
(Note: regular price is in parenthesis)  Sale price is applicable only on date of the tasting.

Table 1
Chateau ducasse Bordeaux Blanc 2013      $13.99  ($17)
Chateaux Clos Floridene Graves Blanc 2010      $24.99  ($40)
Chateau Croix du Trale Hunt-Medoc 2010      $14.99  ($18)
Chateau Panigon Cru Medoc  2011    $16.99    ($20)
Chateau Tour Pibran Paullic  2010     $32.99    ($40)
Chateau Saint-Pierre St.julien  2010   $95.00    ($130)

Table 2
Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Blanc  2013    $14.99   ($20)
Chateau Du Bouscat Bordeaux Superieur Caduce  2010       $13.99   ($20)
Chateau Beausejour Pentimento St. Emilion  2010      $23.99    ($30)
Chateau Messile Aubert M-St. Emilion  2009     $29.99     ($40)
Chateau Baret Pessac-Leognan 2009     $29.99    ($40)

Table 3
Chateau Lespault Martillac-Pessac-Leognan  2010   $39.99   ($50)
Chateau Villars Fronsac  2009       $23.99   ($30)
Chateau Les Grand Chenes Medoc  2005    $34.99    ($50)
Chateau Siran Margaux  2009   $45    ($60)
Chateau La Dame de Montrose St. Estephe  2005   $59.99    ($80)

Table 4
Chateau Providence Pomerol  2010       $135     ($175)
Chateau Leoville Las Cases St. Julien  2004      $149         ($200)
Chateau Cos D’Estournel St. Estephe  2005      $249      ($400)
Chateau Chartreuse du Couplet Sauternes  2011  (375ml)    $19.99      ($25)
Chateau Suduirant Sauternes  2009  (375ml)     $49.99     ($70)
Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes  2005    $59.99    ($80)

As you can see, this free sampling would be a highlight to any palate, sommeliers included. Plus, you have the opportunity to purchase highly rated wines at a true discount.

The ball or should I say, the wine glass is in your court.......

                                Rick Paternaude  (Table 4)  Spirited Wine Host

                                   Eric Molleur  (Table 3)  Spirited Wine Host
                                  Sean Tucker  (Table 2) Spirited Wine Host

Philip S. Kampe

How Hungarian Cabernet Franc Changed My Life by Philip S. Kampe

My Dad was known to his friends as ‘Cab Franc.’ You see, his name was really Joseph and all of his social time with visiting frien...