Last weekend was the biggest Bolomey Wijnimport tasting ever. Preparation took a lot of time, but the result was great. Sunday 31 October some 175 to 200 visitors came to a beautiful penthouse overlooking the IJ to taste 40 wines, and meet the winemakers Coralie Delecheneau (Amboise), Hubert Montigny-Piel (Orléans) and Olivier Collin (Champagne).
Hubert Montigny-Piel with his colleague Eleonore presenting his popular Orléans rouge (pinot meunier, Wijnalmanak 3 stars), his blanc (unoaked, pure chardonnay) and his Orléans Cléry cabernet franc.
Some serious tasting is going on here; thanks to Saskia Bongaerts (left) from Saskia's Huiskamerrestaurant catering was perfect
Coralie Delecheneau is pouring her lovely Montlouis Pétillant Naturel 'Nouveau Nez' (organic)
We ended the day with about 25 people in Saskia's Huiskamerrestaurant where we had a great French dinner. I mean: where in Holland do you start with a Salade de Gésiers...?
This is me saying something to Helen at the dinner in Saskia's Huiskamerrestaurant.
The next day, Monday 1 November, was for the sommeliers and the wine writers. A quiet but not too quiet day and I was glad that a number of Dutch opinion leaders on wine had accepted the invitation to come to the tasting.
Bas van der Flier, Hubrecht Duijker, Nicolaas Klei and Dwayne Perreault
Huib Edixhoven (Vindict) talking to Olivier Collin. Also listening: Marijn Smit (Vyne) and Sjoerd de Groot (Perswijn)
René van Heusden, Frank Jacobs, Karel de Graaf and Mark van den Reek tasting with Coralie Delecheneau
Many thanks to all of you who visited the tastings in Amsterdam! And thanks Jan and Igor for all the help! Will be repeated next year.