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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The 2015 Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic comes to Lenox, Massachusetts from August 13th-16th by Philip S. Kampe

Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, means to most of us, music, opera, piano concertos, popular artist concerts, scenic beauty and on July 4th, James Taylor.

Tanglewood is located in western Massachusetts, known to locals and visitors as the ‘Berkshires’. Located two plus hours from Boston and under  three from Manhattan, Tanglewood lies in the historical, quaint town of Lenox.

This year, from August 13th to 16th, Tanglewood means more than just music. Tanglewood , besides the musical program will be the home of the ‘Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic’.

The four day event focuses specifically on wine and food. If you have not attended the Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic (TWFC) in the past, this is a great opportunity for you to learn about food and wine from some of the country’s leading authorities.

Luminaries will lead seminars, tastings and wine dinners within the bucolic Tanglewood setting.

The four-day schedule is designed specifically for the consumer to learn about food and wine. Experts and world-renowned chefs will educate the attendees.

If there is ever a week to support Tanglewood, this is the week. This is the 10th year of this amazing event.

All of the events take place on the grounds of Tanglewood. Attendance is limited.
Why not attend the wine and food events and afterwards take in a concert at the Shed or Ozawa Hall.

The signature event (as always) is the Grand Tasting at the Hawthorne Tent ($90), which takes place on Saturday, August 15th,,  from high 12-3pm in the afternoon.
Hundreds of wines from around the world are featured with cooking demonstrations from locally sourced food.

Opening this great schedule of events is ‘The Best of the Berkshires Wine Dinner (Hawthorne Tent)  ($195) from 4:30-7:45pm on Thursday, August 13th. Seating is limited. The event begins with a cocktail reception, followed by a three course dinner made by local chefs with local ingredients and paired with Frog’s Leap wines presented by Howard Imber.

If you opt for a wine and cheese reception on August 13th, go to Highwood Manor House from 6-7:45pm and partake in the revelry ($60).

Friday, August 14th  will be an exciting evening at Seranak.. A wine dinner (5:30-8pm), hosted by Cain winemaker, Chris Howell will feature his wines paired with the innovative cooking of Chef David Becker ($195)  Alternatively, from  6-8pm, the Hawthorne Tent Cooking Stage Demo area will light up with a charcuterie throw down and wine pairing ($65).

And then comes Saturday, August 15th, which is what I believe is the “Best Wine and Food Day of the Year in the Berkshires”.  Tanglewood comes alive with the not to be missed Grand Tasting. Sample hundreds of wines, gourmet food and cooking demonstrations from 12-3pm ($90)
If the Grand Tasting is not enough for your palate, why not attend the ever so popular
Rose & Petanque Provencal event from 3:30-5:30pm ($55)

Sunday is not the day of rest. Enjoy a festival ending ambrosia brunch, hosted by Chef Eric Brennan at Seranak from 10-12:30pm.($75)  After brunch, partake in the festival ending(1-2pm) Riedl wine glassware, Miner wines and Lindt Chocolate event ($75) at the Hawthorne Tent.

For tickets to any or all of the events, call 888-266-1200 or visit

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Coastal Chile's Amazing New Releases: Kalfu Sumpai Pinot Noir & Kalfu Kuda Chardonnay by Philip S. Kampe

                                                     2012 Sumpai Pinot Noir

Newly released Chilean coastal wines from Vina Ventisquero have hit the market. The two wines from the Leyda Valley, under the Kalfu label are Kuda, an unoaked Chardonnay and Sumpai, a Pinot Noir.

Chile has undergone a viticultural transformation. High technology coupled with innovative wine makers who are willing to take a risk has proven to pay dividends. Kuda and Sampai are examples.

Chile is an isolated wine region, protected by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes mountains to the east. The isolated conditions, with its environmentally protected land,  are ideal for ;consistent', yearly grape growth, which is not the norm in the other wine regions of the world. 

Winemaker Alejandro Galaz heads the operations at Kalfu.. Mr. Galaz’s reputation is known worldwide as the winemaker who specializes in cool climate wines. According to Alejandro Galaz, “from the vineyard to the bottle, producing cool climate wines can be challenging…but, I enjoy a challenge…always striving to produce wines that are a sincere expression of elegance, distinction and subtlety of the grape”.

The two wines that were sampled are:

 2013 Kalfu Kuda Chardonnay
Aroma> Green apple aromas masking vanilla
Palate>> Acidic with freshness that reflected flavors of creme brulee, tangerine and other tropical fruits. Well balanced and elegant
Ageing>Up to five years in ideal conditions.
Area: Leyda Valley
Price: $19

2012 Kalfu Sumpai Pinot Noir
Aroma> Chalky, peppery and sour cherry aromas abound.
Palate> Concentrated, complex, well-balanced wine with a meaty, fig and date flavor
Alcohol> 13.5%
Ageing>  Up to fifteen years in ideal conditions.
Area: Leyda Valley
Price> $24

The Leyda Valley is located four miles from the Pacific Ocean and close to the Maipo River. The vines face the ocean with its morning fog and cooling breezes.

Both wines were unique and powerful on the palate. The Pinot Noir was atypical, which made it the most interesting and unusual Pinot Noir in the marketplace. It's worth a try!

Other releases from Kalfu include the 2013 Kalfu Sumpai Sauvignon Blanc ($24), 2013 Kalfu Kuda Sauvignon Blanc ($19) and the 2013 Kalfu Kuda Pinot Noir ($19).

Philip S. Kampe

                                                   2013 Kuda Chardonnay