Heel soms heb ik zin om in het Engels te bloggen. Vandaag is zo’n dag.
There are so many things in life that really, really make me happy. Most are easy to explain: love, friendship, sunshine, dancing and great food. But I’ve met few people who get the same look on their face as I do, when they put their noses in a Riedel glass and deeply inhale the bouquet of the just chosen wine.
Trying new bottles of wine makes me happy, it gets me excited, curious; it’s like unboxing a Christmas present.
When I first started drinking wine, I was not immediately smitten. Always the last of my friends to finish my drink. Until I met Sigurd, a huge wine enthusiast and ex-sommelier of some of the best restaurants in the Netherlands. When he spoke of wine, he was talking like he was in love, head over heels and full of adoration.
That same day he had me try a white, Italian wine that would turn me into the wine enthusiast I am today. After trying this particular Soave Superiore, I was no longer the one to finish my glass last. This Soave was so full of flavours. Caramel. Tropical fruit. Lychee. Tobacco.
After this Soave, it was a glass of Riesling. I was intrigued by the fact you could detect by tasting and smelling which soil the grapes have grown one. The hint of minerals, the amount of sun.
I love wine, because the making of is such a delicate process. Every wine has it’s own history. The flavour is influenced by so many things: soil, amount of sun, the grapes, the assembly, the temperature, handpicked or not, everything matters.
I’m fascinated by the different (French) regions, how pinot noir grapes can grow in Australia and turn into smoky red wines but are also used to create delicate champagne. Studying for my WSET course (wine spirit education trust) was one of the most fun things I did, study wise. I hope that in September, or March I get to study (and taste lots of fabulous wines) WSET level 3. And who knows, maybe one day become master of wine. But first I need to finish my public administration master ;)
So how about you? Any favourite wine recommendations?