Journeys into taste

And when it comes to Greek wine, let’s open the treasure trove

And when it comes to Greek wine, let’s open the treasure trove

Greece is both one of Europe’s oldest and newest wine countries. It has been making wine for 4000 years, but how come hardly anyone knows Modern Greek wine, let alone tasted it?  In short, let’s open the treasure trove and start exploring. Some of the […]

Languedoc–Roussillon wants to produce red wine as good as any Bordeaux

Languedoc–Roussillon wants to produce red wine as good as any Bordeaux

The region of Languedoc–Roussillon in the South-East of France is not only one of the largest wine regions in the world, but also one of the oldest. Languedoc–Roussillon’s history of growing vines dates way back to the 5th century BC. Even today one can still […]

“Wine has to bring you pleasure”says Cape Town’s Clos d’Oranje J.Vincent Ridon

“Wine has to bring you pleasure”says Cape Town’s Clos d’Oranje J.Vincent Ridon

There is always something intriguing about a wine you don’t know yet, but whose reputation is a forebode of things to come. On a chilly December night I entered the door of Emperor Wine in Amsterdam to find our host for the evening was none […]

The “je ne sais quoi” of Eccoci, the Catalonian wine of Tiffany designer Elsa Peretti

The “je ne sais quoi” of Eccoci, the Catalonian wine of Tiffany designer Elsa Peretti

Every once in a while you stumble on a wine that has this special “je ne sais quoi” – a pleasant quality that is hard to describe- and more often than not it has a memorable story to match too. A six wine storytelling event […]

Time has built tradition and tradition has produced the incomparable Madeira wine. Madeira, part one.

Madeira, named after the island and the demarcated wine region of Madeira where it is produced, is like no other wine in the world. Madeira, a fortified Portuguese wine comes in a variety of styles, ranging from dry to very sweet, and is a very robust […]

Port styles. Port is bursting with rich, intense flavours & aromas. Port, part 5.

Port styles. Port is bursting with rich, intense flavours & aromas. Port, part 5.

There is a set of categories that identify the different types of Port Wine. The different types of red Port vary in colour from deep purple to light gold, with a range of intermediary hues. Also white Port comes in various shades from pale yellow, […]

Port ageing, the last time the wine is racked is just before bottling. Port, part four.

Port ageing, the last time the wine is racked is just before bottling. Port, part four.

There are several distinct styles of port, but all ports are fortified. A neutral grape spirit or brandy is added during the fermentation process to stop the fermentation, the adding of grape spirit or brandy also augments the percentage of alcohol. The fact that the wine becomes fortified […]

Making of port, what makes port different from table wines is fortification. Port, part three.

The making of vintage port differs enormously, depending on a lot of variables, like the ripeness of the harvested grapes, the winemaker, facilities of the winery and preferred style of port. The same is true for the method of fermentation. The method used varies according […]

The surprising wealth and intensity of the Port grape varieties. Port, part two.

Port wine can be made from more than 30 to 90 different local indigenous grape varieties. The typical vineyard in the old days would have around 15 to 70 varieties all planted together. The varieties were also fermented together, but these times are mostly gone. […]

Between Port and hope, anything is possible. An inside look at one of the worlds most treasured wines: Port, part one.

Port is a fortified, (semi-)sweet wine from the world’s oldest regulated and demarcated wine region. The region was created with the establishment of the Companhia Geral da Agricultura das Vinhas do Alto Douro and demarcated in 1756. Port wine takes its name from the Portuguese […]

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 […]

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 […]