Do you recall an embarrassing wine moment?
I was recently invited to a Penfolds tasting in Amsterdam where the famed Grange was being poured. During my train journey, I managed to lose my phone and arrived in Amsterdam without my mobile - a complete disaster for a wine blogger! So no photos, no jotting down notes and, of course, no Instagram stories or posts. I immediately ordered a new phone the next day.
Would you rather drink an outstanding bottle once a week or a supermarket wine every day?
I would absolutely choose a great bottle once a week. Throughout the years, I’ve become somewhat ‘spoiled’ by drinking good wine that I can no longer appreciate supermarket wines. I don’t mean to say that there aren’t gems in their midst, but I would still prefer that one great bottle per week.
Who is your wine hero?
One of my Dutch wine heroes would have to be Master of Wine Cees van Casteren, one of the instructors during my WSET3 course. He manages to speak so simply yet elegantly about wine. You truly hang on to each word he says when he is speaking.
If you had to choose… never again a bottle of French wine or never again an Italian wine?
The choice is actually simple! People who follow me on Instagram know that I go for Italian wines. Though while my heart lies with wines from Italy, I can, of course, still very much appreciate French and Spanish wines.
Finally, which wine book do you recommend?
I really like ‘The World Atlas of Wine’ by Jancis Robinson, a book bursting with facts about every wine region in the world. I also enjoy The Wine Bible and use it often. The Wine-Food Bible by Victoria Moore is another favorite and is very handy when creating pairings.