It all starts with taste, slow food needs slow wine; Carlo Petrini’s gourmet life in Slow Food Story

This week I read in a local newspaper a word I didn’t know: the happiness command. A new word that assumes that one can enforce happiness or can exercise direct authority over one’s happiness, but we are not very good at knowing what makes us […]

Sparkling wine fit for a President: Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs “white from red grapes”

Who doesn’t like the “pop” of the cork of a bubbly bottle and to watch the strings of bubbles rise in the glass to tingle your nose and taste buds with wonderful aromas? It’s all in the glass and this vintage 2007 Californian Schramsberg is […]

Pascal Bellier’s Cour-Cheverney 2010, fans of Loire wines will find a lot to like here

If you really want to drink something off the beaten path, dwell no further. Today I tasted for the first time ever wine from the exceedingly rare Romorantin variety only found in one French AOC called Cour-Cheverny, a tiny sub-appellation of Cheverny in the Touraine […]

The versatile Catalan personality of the powerful Pansa Blanca or Xarel-lo grape

Made of what is called the finest white grape of Catalunya Xarel-lo or Pansa Blanca this 2011 Marques de Alella from the tiny, but highly-regarded DO of Alella is certainly a luscious white wine with a high acidity, stone fruit, pear and citrus flavours, some […]

Otello Nero di Lambrusco makes you excited about Lambrusco tasting

In the glass the wine has an extremely dark violet-red colour and creamy foam with a fine and persistent mousse. In the nose the developing aromas of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries with notes of violet, rose hips and some wood create a pleasant sensation […]

Château Brown 2006 a smart, well made wine with a powerful bouquet

The label ‘Grand Vin de Bordeaux’ does not always deliver what it implies, but in the Château Brown 2006 case you are tasting a good wine. A powerful bouquet wins you over with warm, ripe fruit in the nose and black -black currant- fruits with […]

A promise kept: Chateau du Tertre 2001 from the highest hills of Margaux

The 2001 Château du Tertre gives a purity and clarity in the glass and in the nose that promises more. The colour is deep garnet with hardly any discolouration. In the nose the black currants and cherries take off well with the oak, aided by […]

Bacchus in the low countries, a trip down history lane

When Bacchus, the Roman god of vines and wine, reached the Netherlands is not clear, but fact is that the Romans planted vines where ever they could and successfully did so in the Low Countries. Romans were very fond of their wine and the Roman […]

Dominio de Tares, a full bodied wine with personality from Bierzo

Dominio de Tares, a wine with a great personality, fruity and tasty when young and becoming more elegant while maturing without losing out on most of its energetic and fruity character. We all want to age like that, don’t we? This wine has all the […]

The golden nose of sommelier David Seijas (ex-El Bulli) visits Amsterdam

A few days ago I participated in the Master class of David Seijas at the GaultMillau Theater of the annual Wineprofessional fair in Amsterdam. David Seijas was (together with Ferran Centelles) the sommelier at Ferran Adria’s restaurant El-Bulli in Roses-Spain. And yes, of course there […]

Wine and the art of music, don’t spill any, just suck it in and enjoy

Do people with blogs write about wine and music, not a lot I found out.  Strange enough, because wine and music are such a good combo.  What can be better than drinking a fine wine and listening to the right music, whatever that is for […]

The story of a young woman, and old vineyard and a new wine – Mas des Dames

‘From the valley a narrow road leads up the mountain’.  Het Domein  / The Domain starts with a description of  the road leading to Mas des Dames,  an 18th century Mas  (farm house villa) and wine estate surrounded by 14 hectares of vines in Murviel les Beziers. Lidewij van Wilgen winemaker / vingeronne of Mas […]