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Which red wine with spicy food?

Pairing spicy food with wine can be tricky and depends a lot on your taste. If you like it hot (fiiiiiiiiirebomb!) I would suggest other wines than if you like to contain the heat. White wines that go well with spicy food are for example off-dry Rieslings, especially if there is a sweet touch...

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How to come up with Instagram story ideas?

Posting on Social media can be overwhelming. You have to keep posting to grow but you can’t post just anything. It has to be quality content that your audience will love. There are pictures to post on your feed, stories, and nowadays video is ever more important, think of the new reels on Instagram....

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Decanting wine – when, how, why?

I think it’s totally fun all those beautiful jugs in which you can pour wine. They have round shapes, pear shapes, some have huge horns, some even look like boa constrictors. What exactly is a wine decanter good for? Does decanting have a function or is it just for decoration? Why decant a wine?...

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How to pick a good cheap wine?

Now this is tricky. First of all it depends on what you consider cheap. For the answer let’s focus on wines that cost around 10 euro/dollar. Whenever I have to pick a “cheap” wine I always try to go for the best possible price quality. Obviously it depends on where you live and what...

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How to organise a wine tasting?

Organizing your own wine tasting can be exciting! Here are some tips to make it fun! Pick a theme. A wine tasting instantly gets more interesting when you taste several natural wines or when you take a dive into Italian wines from a specific region for example. Share great stories. The most inspiring part...

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How to grow a following on Instagram?

Growing your audience can be a real struggle. Here are some tips. Pick a niche. Be clear about what you stand for, the more specific the better. Don’t just pick wine, there are a million wine pages out there. “Red wine under 10 dollar” or “Greek wines” is much better option. When you decide...

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SDEN of WSET?

Ik krijg vaak de vraag of ik de Nederlandse SDEN opleiding aanraad of de Internationale WSET opleiding. Ik heb zelf de SDEN 4 (vinologen opleiding) gevolgd en ben nu bezig met WSET 3. De stof die wordt behandeld is min of meer gelijk, bij WSET wordt er analytischer geproefd. Stel jezelf de volgende vragen:...

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What to do with left over wine in a decanter?

Imagine you decant a wine and you don’t finish it, how to store the rest of the wine for the next day? Although this never happens to me, I do have the answer. Carefully pour the wine back in the bottle, use a funnel if necessary. Close the bottle with the cork or better...

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How to start a wine import business?

Starting a wine (import) business requires a lot of effort like any business. Following these steps will help. Analyzing the market. Is there a need for the wines I want to import? If not, what need is there at the moment. What are other people importing, what works and what doesn’t? Who is my...

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Cap Classique – sparkling South Africa at its best

Wine from South Africa is hot and happening. And I’m talking about good wine. With capital G. Not long ago I interviewed Andrea Mullineux, (watch the interview here) female winemaker who produces top wines in Swartland. The 1st of September is Cap Classique day and in cooperation with the WOSA I want to have...

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Pretty Pet-nat – ancient wine

Pet-nat is totally booming! If you want to keep up with the hype as a wine bar, restaurant or winemaker, you have to serve or produce a pet-nat. Totally fun of course, but what exactly is a pet-nat? Pet-nat stands for pétillant naturel. Which means as much as naturally sparkling. So it is a...

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The best wine bars in Amsterdam- here are my favorites

The wine bar is great. For me one of the best discoveries of the past five-hundred years, together with gel nail polish and the wheel. I mean what’s better than a place where you can sit down, order good wine by the glass from someone who knows the wine better than you do, where...

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Alberello – a pruning method with deep roots in the past

A visit to a vineyard is always inspiring. It brings you closer to nature and reminds you of life. Masses of green leaves resonate with fertility in an almost religious way. My visit to the Etna area was special in many ways. Nerello Mascalese is a very precious grape to me. The centuries-old Palmento’s...

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Gulfi- a wine lovers paradise

Sicily is a real walhalla for the wine lover. While planning my trip I almost went crazy, so many choices! Which winery will I visit and which ones will I skip? Is it worthwhile to drive four and a half hours to visit a winery? One thing was for sure. I had to go...

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In bed with the wines of Chateau Amsterdam

To me, Amsterdam is the most beautiful city in the world. Yes, I know, that’s what every person from Amsterdam says, and for a reason. Amsterdam has everything. And by everything, I really mean EVERYTHING. And thanks to the guys from Chateau Amsterdam, this beautiful city even has wine now. Damn, can this get...