Wine discoveries

In bed with Chateau Guibot – Organic Bordeaux at its best

In 2016 I visited Bordeaux during a study trip of the Dutch Wine Academy. In addition to epic nocturnal adventures, we also visited quite a few wineries where we held extensive tastings and where every day three course menus full of Foie gras were served. Read about my adventures in bed with Chateau Guiraud Sauternes …

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Great grapes of Germany – an introduction

german wines

Germany has a history of winemaking that dates back to 100 B.C. It is one of the most northern wine producing countries in the world and produces wines that are dry as well as sweet, red as well as white. Germany wine regions Germany is split into 13 wine regions:1)Mosel2)Nahe3)Rheingau4)Rheinhessen5)Pfalz6)Baden7)Franken8)Württemberg9)Ahr10)Hessische Bergstraße11)Mittelrhein12)Saale-Unstrut13)Sachsen Climate of Germany Most …

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The gold of Alentejo

Alentejo wines

Let’s start with some curiosities about Alentejo wines. There are about 166 wine producers in Alentejo. The producers are distributed in 8 Controlled Denomination of Origin areas – Portalegre, Borba, Redondo, Reguengos, Vidigueira, Évora, Granja / Amareleja and Moura. In my opinion, the best areas, are all of them. Portugal wine regions In Portugal there …

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Wines of Quebec

Frontenac Blanc Quebec

History of Quebec wines Since the earlier years of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain noticed wild grapes and assumed the possibility to grow vines in this new settlement. He planted French grapes which did not survive the harsh Winters. The British occupation of the French Canada, led to the rapid depletion of French wine imports. Spirits …

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In bed with Lacryma Christi – from the Vesuvius with love

Lacryma Christi

Volcanic wines and I are a match, you know that by now (read my adventures on Santorini here) and when a wine is named after the tears of Christ it is hard not to have high expectations. After all, Christ was quite a personality. Tears of Christ Lacryma Christi – DOC since 1983 – is …

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In bed with Prévoteau- Perrier – surprising freshness

Prevoteau Perrier Champagne

More than just pink Champagne On Prowein 2019 I discovered the Champagnes of Prévoteau – Perrier. A family run business based in Damery, known for their rosé Champagne. When it comes to pink bubbles, I’m always a bit sceptical. It doesn’t immediately make me thirsty, so to speak, and that is mainly caused because of …

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In bed with Petit Guiraud – Wake me up for Sauternes

in bed met sauternes

This week I’m laying in bed with nothing less than a bottle of Petit Giraud Sauternes 2013, the second wine of the famous Château Guiraud. Extra special is that I bought this bottle myself a few years ago at the winery during my visit to Bordeaux. Ecological and biodynamic Sauternes The wines of Guiraud appeal …

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Under the spell of Nascetta – Piemontes best kept secret

Nascetta

Less than a week ago I was standing in Amstel hotel surrounded by thirty wine producers from Piedmont. As you can understand, my love for Barolo is greater than my fear of the Corona virus. Because it was only twelve o’clock in the morning and the thought of Nebbiolo for breakfast frightened me a bit, …

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