Staying warm

Staying warm

There’s nothing like a hot beverage to warm up on a crisp winter day. In my current hometown, Munich, they do an excellent job at serving piping hot glühwein, mostly at the city’s many Christmas markets. When I wrapped my fingers around a giant mug last weekend, freezing, I reminisced…

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Wijn van eigen bodem out now!

Wijn van eigen bodem out now!

Finally we held our book in our hands: Wijn van eigen bodem is now available! Through the website of SimplifyLife or at regular bookstores. Yesterday we had a festive book presentation in the Wine Museum in Arnhem, where we handed the first copy to Jan Oude Voshaar, a pioneer Dutch…

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Remembering Jenny & Popo

That passion for food, those kitchen skills and hospitality. But above all, those smiles… Jenny & Popo are dearly missed by many people, myself included. I won’t write much here, for I’d like to remember them through food instead of words. So tonight, I made this wonderful dish, which they taught…

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A taste journey (Bisi bele bhath)

A taste journey (Bisi bele bhath)

(Recipe below) I can come up with so many reasons and excuses for this blogging hiatus. Life happened, I guess. The main reason is smiling at me from the living room rug while I’m writing this: baby O. It’s true, babies gobble up all your time. I won’t suddenly turn…

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Our wine book is taking shape

Our wine book is taking shape

Making 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…

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budbreak

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). We’ve…

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