Our wine book is taking shape

6250 0723 Wijn van eigen bodemMaking a book involves a whole lot of tiny steps, which suddenly seem to come together after a lot of time and effort. Mariëlla and I have been working on Wijn van eigen bodem for a year and a half now and it’s finally starting to take real shape. We interviewed wine makers, sommeliers, restaurateurs and other people who know an awful lot on Dutch wine. We’re doing research and writing like mad. Our photographer Gerhard Witteveen is zig-zagging through Holland to get us beautiful imagery.

Of course the moment arrived to choose a cover, which determines the look and feel of the whole book to a great extent.…

New Beginnings 

Bud break. It is such a beautiful sight in a vineyard. Those fresh buds and tiny first leaves popping out, full of promise of a new vintage ahead.

The vineyards are back in business, and so am I. It’s been a year of new beginnings, with a move from Rotterdam to Munich (by way of Frankfurt), and the birth of a baby boy. We’ve finally settled down after the hardest apartment hunt ever. The boy goes to daycare during mornings, and I have resurfaced.

I’m so happy that I have some new projects lined up, more on those in upcoming posts. …

French Winetrip Rewind

It feels like yesterday I boarded the bus for the #frenchwinetrip, but yet so distant. This is a sweet encapsulation of that wonderful journey (English/French/Dutch with Dutch subtitles). The film is by Lionel Daneau, with Christophe Wirtgen (camera) and Olivier Philippart (Sound).

Spicy Summer

Spicy coverAs far as I know, there is no cookery book about one single street, certainly not one with such diverse food as West-Kruiskade in Rotterdam. The street with a 1000 flavors. But now there is: Spicy.

Last Summer I worked on this book about the famous multicultural street. I was born in the area, but I had no idea this sketchy street from childhood was so happening. I also thought I knew quite a bit about food by now, but I encountered new ingredients and many new dishes. Ever heard of kwi kwi fish (a little armored fish from Surinam), rocks of jaggery (Indian palm sugar) or soursop leaves (apparently a natural remedy for many physical complaints)?…

DWCC: Wine’s Levelling Potential

logodwccI’m counting down the days until I can finally head to La Rioja, Spain. With last year’s impressions fresh in my mind, I know this year’s Digital Wine Communications Conference (DWCC, the former EWBC) is going to be just as great. Three days of seminars, tastings and keynote sessions revolving around the theme “flavour”, as well as lots of inspiring meetings with people who are passionate about wine and the web.

What became most clear to me last year, was how the love for wine can quickly bring complete strangers together. No matter the level of wine education or background.…

Inspired By Dutch Design


This summer, I swapped sweltering Rome for a few months of lowlands cool. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a permanent move back, but it definitely felt great to rediscover the homeland. As if I viewed the Netherlands with foreign eyes, story ideas just kept popping up.

Eindhoven, a former industrial town in the south, was never really on my radar. For a feature in Let’s Go Mag, I spent a few days traipsing around this city that is swiftly transforming in an exciting design hub (“northern Europe’s unofficial design capital”). The story was a preview on the annual Dutch Design Week.…