Wine discoveries

Rueda – everything about Rueda and a test of the best Verdejos

Rueda Verdejo

Wine from the Rueda region is very trendy nowadays. In the Netherlands and in the rest of the world. This is partly due to the great value for money and the fresh style of the wines made with the Verdejo grape. Verdejo is a native Spanish grape that is more than once compared to the …

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Drink local – the best wines from the Netherlands and surroundings

Nederlandse wijn

I am a big fan of supporting local initiatives. Especially now, during the eternal Corona misery but also in the times before (whenever that was). This weekend I’ll participate in the online tasting of Chateau Amsterdam, the following week I’ll be sleeping in the Court hotel in Utrecht for a staycation. Read some great tips …

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Cap Classique – sparkling South Africa at its best

Silverthorn Green man

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 a …

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Alberello – a pruning method with deep roots in the past

bush vine Etna

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 (stone …

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The Mosel Valley – Riesling with an ancient history

Mosel

We are allowed out of the country! Yes! Because of those months of Covid misery, you’d almost forget that there are great wine regions around the corner from Amsterdam, well, almost around the corner. I left for the Mosel region on a self-organised wine trip to take a closer look at this well known Riesling …

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In bed with Pignolo, La Tunella – the discovery of 2020

pignolo la tutela

We know by now I’m a chatterbox. On social media, especially Instagram, I ask people – to annoyance – what their favourite wine is. Why do you think? Certainly not because I don’t have any inspiration for nice wines myself, but because there is nothing I like more than the discovery of a great wine. …

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