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Friday, February 5, 2016

Today I have a "good news bad news" story to tell you... and it's not a joke!

Today I have a "good news bad news" story to tell you... and it's not a joke!

First, the bad news: Due to my new role as the managing partner of my lumber importing company, I will not be able to to join the programs of Jerez and Athens to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the #winelover community. I'm very sad but I am at the stage of rebuilding relationships with both customers and suppliers and I couldn't allow myself to be out for so long. My most sincere apologies for those of you who expected me to be there. frown emoticon

Now, the good news: Since I love you guys so much (you know who you are!), I'll do something really crazy and fly to Spain Friday night, enjoy the celebrations in Jerez on Saturday night, fly to Greece on Sunday morning, participate at the celebrations in Athens on Sunday evening, and fly to Boston on Monday morning... so I end up missing just one day at work! smile emoticon

Anyway, call me crazy... but at the end it's all good!

‪#‎SeeYouInSpain‬ and ‪#‎SeeYouInGreece‬!!! 

Luiz Alberto

  • >>> Member of the Circle of Wine Writers
  • >>> Italian Wine Ambassador
  • >>> I combine my passion for wine with social media

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Collefrisio Wines from Abruzzo stand out at 2016 Slow Wine Tasting by Philip S.Kampe

At the amazing and overcrowded Slow Wine tasting event that took place on February 3rd, 2016, Collefrisio Vineyards from Abruzzo stood out for price and quality at the show. Over 70 exhibitors from throughout Italy adorned the Highline Ballroom with over 300 wines to sample.

As of late, I have been looking for wines in the $10-$15 category for my clients. Big shows, like this one, bring smaller, boutique wineries to the stage of eager trades people that always look for what is next. Generally.I look for alcoholic content, price point and overall quality of the wine versus those that are in the same category. Hands above the competition were two wines from this young and forward thinking company from Chieti in the province of Abruzzo.

Abruzzo is known for the Montepulciano grapes, which thrive in Abruzzo's climate of hot days and cool nights. The Collefrisio estate occupies 80 acres and run by a team of young and dynamic winemakers who respect traditional winemaking with an openness to experimentation.

Both the 2013 Morrecine and 2011 Vignaquadra exhibit wine made with full expression. Soft tannins paired with juicy, clean, velevety fruit explode in your palate and linger afterwards.

                                                  2013 Collefrisio Morrecine
                                                2011 Collefrisio Vignaquadra

Both wines are 100% Montepulciano D'Abruzzo and are 14% alcohol. The wines have just arrived and should be at your favorite wine shop shortly.

To learn more about Collefrisio, visit: (the website is in Italian)

Philip S.Kampe