From abboccato, meaning full-bodied and medium-sweet, to zymology, the science of fermentation, wine terminology is as colorful as it is intriguing. A retired naval officer and wine connoisseur, author James Feldkamp takes a closer look at several of his favorite expressions from the world of wine tasting. […]
Author and now-retired naval officer James Feldkamp takes a closer look at some of what are expected to be next year’s top travel destinations. With overseas vacations on hold for many this year amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, those with a passion for international […]
When wine enthusiasts mention notable wine regions in the U.S., they typically mention California or Washington State. However, Virginia is home to more than 280 wineries and two special grapes that make this wine region stand apart from the rest. Wine enthusiast James Feldkamp recently discussed why Virginia is one of the most unique wine states in the U.S.
“Virginia is one of the top wine regions in the country, but it rarely receives the recognition it should,” James Feldkamp said. “This state ranks No. 6, in the United States for grape production and his home to noteworthy wines that are nearly impossible to find elsewhere.”
James Feldkamp explained that Virginia is one of just two wine locations on the planet where Petit Manseng can be found. This white-wine grape hails from Southwest France, and Virginia is the only other place it’s found on the planet.
Similarly, James Feldkamp explained that Virginia is known for its rare and delicious Petit Verdot wines. Three of Virginia’s Petit Verdot wines were among just 12 wines to earn honors at the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup. The Governor’s Cup is one of the most esteemed wine competitions in the United States.
James Feldkamp added that Petit Manseng reached Virginia from Southwest France in 1987, thanks to a Virginia Tech professor of viticulture. He wanted to see how these grape varieties would fare in the climate of Virginia’s foothills. James Feldkamp explained the professor found Petit Manseng was easy to grow and maintain in the humid weather of the state.
“These two rare and delicious grapes are just a fraction of what makes our wine region so special,” James Feldkamp said. “Virginia is also home to Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, and countless other grapes. There’s truly a wine for everyone here.”
James Feldkamp explained many people know Virginia is home to some breathtaking scenery, but they don’t fully understand how ideal it is for growing grapes. James Feldkamp added that western Virginia is home to higher altitudes, which continuously rise into the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. The mountains rise to nearly 6,000 feet above sea level, but the areas between 600 and 900 feet prove ideal for grape growing. Areas like the famous Shenandoah Valley are known for rich soil in which grapevines thrive.
“Right now, Virginia is an off-the-beaten-path destination for wine enthusiasts,” James Feldkamp said. “Visiting is affordable and travelers can enjoy wineries and tours without an abundance of tourists doing the same. There’s no better time than now to explore Virginia’s wineries.”
With both production and sales skyrocketing recently, the natural wine market has never been more buoyant. Author and wine expert James Feldkamp, from Arlington County, Virginia, takes a closer look at the figures, and suggests why he believes that this famously once more niche corner […]
James Feldkamp discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic could change the way people sail forever. Sailing is often viewed as a leisure activity. However, the sailing world is diverse. Some sail competitively while some sail as a means of travel to new destinations. Others sail for […]
When it comes to understanding how you should be prioritizing your browser search safely, there aren’t many people out there who have the same kind of experience as James Feldkamp. With many decades of cybersecurity experience, it should come of no surprise to find out that he had quite a few tips he was willing to share for people that need to practice safe searching on their browsers while quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Make Sure You Are Visiting Only Trusted Websites
When it comes to conducting browser searches safely, it is imperative that you “only visit websites that you know and trust.” James Feldkamp says. “There are plenty of websites that will try to trick you into sounding like they are trustworthy but sometimes these are the ones that can be the most malicious to oblivious users.” James Feldkamp explains. This is especially true in the social media and accounting spaces as cyberattacks through these websites have gone up by more than ten percent during the Coronavirus pandemic. “You need to be especially careful when you are visiting websites that might come off as legitimate but aren’t.” James Feldkamp continues. “Faux accounting websites are very good at this as they tend to put a plastic sheen on an otherwise scammy website.” This “plastic sheen” can include links that can severely compromise your system. “My company has had to deal with several of these sorts of error reports in the past and it is not something you want you or your family to get into.” James Feldkamp says when describing his experiences with some of these phony websites.
2. Don’t Readily Give Out Information
Unfortunately, because many people are on their computers, constantly looking at Coronavirus news, it has become easier for malicious scammers to take advantage of individuals who would otherwise not fall victim to these easy attacks. “Smishing and phishing is something that we look at carefully on an everyday basis. People are using these fake Coronavirus cures to scam people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.” James Feldkamp says. Even though state governments have cracked down on this practice, There are still plenty of people who fall prey every single day. “It is important to educate our parents on the issues with readily giving out important information like addresses, emails, phone numbers, and social security numbers to potential scammers.” The attacks that James Feldkamp has fielded include smishing attacks where the scammer uses SMS messaging in order to scam the individual out of giving important pieces of information like credit card numbers. “It is a problem and we need to do something about it.” James Feldkamp says.
3. Understand Who Your Enemies Are
By defining who those individuals are, we can better educate our vulnerable populations from making bad decisions. “Our parents are the most well-meaning individuals in our lives but this can be a double-edged sword as it makes them vulnerable to digital snake oil salesmen who claim to have a cure for us but are only trying to wheedle out information.” James Feldkamp says. While the act itself might be morally bankrupt, there are individuals out there who are trying to make as much money as possible off of the fear. “I believe it is our responsibility to fight back and not fall victim to these individuals.” James Feldkamp concludes.
If you are concerned about vulnerable populations falling victim to scams, you can join James Feldkamp in your concern. While this is an issue that won’t go away any time soon, hopefully, these tips can serve to protect some individuals from facing financial troubles at the hands of scammers.
Travel enthusiast James Feldkamp discusses how to stay safe and arrive healthy when flying. The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has changed travel as we know it for the for seeable future. However, that doesn’t mean people aren’t taking to the skies. People are beginning to book […]
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has changed travel as we know it for the forseeable future. However, that doesn’t mean people aren’t taking to the skies. People are beginning to book flights, as travel restrictions are being lifted around the country and around the globe. Travel […]
The summer of 2020 is in full swing, and people are taking to the water to cool themselves down. Sailing is a summer sport that offers a way of getting out on the water while learning a number of valuable skills in addition to the act of sailing itself. Avid sailor James Feldkamp explains that sailing offers opportunities to learn about water safety, weather patterns, map reading and more.
However, James Feldkamp adds that sailing can be as difficult to learn as it is fun. That’s why he’s offering his top beginner sailing tips for those who want to learn to voyage via sailboat on the open water this summer.
“Learning to sail is always an activity best enjoyed with an experienced sailor on a boat that’s most ideal for learning,” James Feldkamp says. “An instructor certified by the American Sailing Association (ASA) is always recommended for your first few sailing lessons; however, I wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to learn with a well-experienced friend.”
James Feldkamp added that learning to sail aboard a vessel that’s the right size and simplicity can make a major difference in how you advance. He states that most beginner ASA courses take place on 22-foot keelboats. That’s because these boats are small enough to control yet large enough to be sturdy. A boat that’s too small may capsize a frustrating amount of times, while a boat that’s too large will be difficult to control.
“Weather conditions are an essential part of sailing, and learning to read them will benefit you greatly,” James Feldkamp states. “As a beginner, it’s important to sail on days that offer sunshine and a very small chance of precipitation.”
James Feldkamp adds that a day with a 0-percent chance of precipitation is ideal. Lighter winds are also more ideal than strong winds, as the air is often windier away from the shore. James Feldkamp explains that anyone new to boating should remember the temperature is always cooler on the water as well, so it’s better to wear layers and remove them when needed. There’s a high likelihood that you’ll end up in the water at least once when learning to sail a small vessel, so taking the water temperature into account is essential too.
“It’s important to do your research before trying any new hobby, and sailing is no different,” James Feldkamp explains. “Familiarize yourself with common terms, like port, starboard, gybe, tack and more, so you can be of help on the boat.”
According to James Feldkamp and sailors around the globe, the sport of sailing is one of the best ways to get on the water, appreciate nature, and simply have fun in the summer months. He hopes more sailors will sign up for ASA courses and get on the water during the summer of 2020, and beyond.
Wine aficionados have spent a lot of time researching and tasting their favorite bottles to enhance their palette. Wine tasting is a major hobby for James Feldkamp, and his experience has been unique due to his interest in natural wine. As the name suggests, natural wine is […]