Wine

What Makes Them Get Up At 5 in The Morning?

What Makes Them Get Up At 5 in The Morning?

There have been many instances when I found myself in a vineyard thinking: Wouldn’t it be the coolest thing in the world to be a winemaker? What’s stopping me? Well, a whole lot of things, really. As much as I envy people who are actually crazy enough to follow this dream, the job of a…

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Making Port (Infographic)

Making Port (Infographic)

The Douro, the place of origin of the famous Portuguese port wine, is one of the most interesting and beautiful wine region I’ve ever been to, and keep being drawn back to. I still don’t understand why it’s not trampled with tourists, but obviously I’m glad it’s not. A while…

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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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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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