Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tasting for Handboek voor de moderne wijnliefhebber

Dwayne PERREAULT — Together, wine writers Harold Hamersma and Nicolaas Klei have sold more than one million books in the Netherlands. On May 9th, they launched a new book they have co-authored: Handboek voor de moderne wijnliefhebber (Handbook for the modern wine lover) is now on the shelves.


Nicolaas Klei and Harold Hamersma, photo by Vinorious.com

The event took place at Brasserie van Baerle in Amsterdam, where sommelière Patricia Verschelling combined a flight of seven wines chosen from the cellar by Hamersma and Klei, with culinary creations by the kitchen. Here are some of the highlites:

Our first wine was a Petit Chablis 2012 from Domaine Lavantureux, successfully combined with a scallop in an oyster beurre blanc sauce. I might say that this was a big Petit Chablis, very expressive with a mineral character, I expect very good wine for the money.

The second wine was an amazing Weissburgunder 2012 from Weingut Paulinshof, Mosel. This was paired splendidly with a tartlet of scallops and polenta, zucchini, candied lemon and curry. I found in this case the food gave the wine an extra dimension, perceived as a lemon rind in the mouth, sharp and pleasant.

The Bandol ‘Révolution’ 2009 from Domaine de la Tour de Bon was a very nice combination for a leg of lamb with a caviar of eggplant and anchovies, and the Madeira Verdelho, 10 years old from Barbeito, accompanied the Capriolo and Stichelton cheeses perfectly. I have previously posted on the wines of Barbeito.

Finally, the Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2010 from Domaine des Bernardins was a true champion, the best specimen of its kind I have tasted. Super rich with unctuous cherry, apricot and peach flavours, yet not in any way cloying. a lighter Muscat. It went very well with a Tarte aux Cérises.