Newsletter Archive- Januray 2010

January Anne’s Wines’ News Letter


Dear wines lovers,


Find enclosed all the new dates for the following months until July 2010!

(Attached Amsterdam and Den Haag planning)


Coming up very soon:


- Bare in mind the Champagne and Sparkling tasting next Tuesday 26 January in Den Haag, there are still places available and I won’t do that subject before next Christmas, so come and join me since bubbles are always welcome all year round! In this tasting you will be able to taste various sparkling wines and the tapas that match them. It is worth for all wines amateurs and a must do for all those working in the food, catering and wine industry.

I will wait you there!



- Two WSET Intermediate courses will start in February:

Amsterdam: 15 Februray 2010 (560 Euros)

Den Haag; 17 February 2010 (560 Euros)


- The Wine Series: Food and Wine matching:

Amsterdam: 10 February 2010 (55 Euros)

Den Haag: 9 February 2010 (55 Euros)



I just came back from London where I attended the following wine events:


New Zealand Trade Tasting:

(New Zealand Winegrowers)


A mere 100 wine producers and distributors were present  at Lords Cricket Ground which its rather unusual look: perfect snow white!

The focus was obviously on the display of the fantastic qualities of their leading grapes varieties Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir and the incredible varieties that are growing over there. The main adjective for this country, in my meaning, is that all grape varieties tend to have an intense purity. However, it still amazed me to see how a grape variety in one land or one region can give so many tasty wines! Biodynamic and organic wines are a growing part of their philosophy and I cannot hide that the Felton range and their Pinot Noir was my top favourite along side with Cloudy bay and their superb Sauvignon: unique in taste and vinification process!

If anyone is interested to do a Pinot Noir tasting, please let me know!


Japan Koshu presentation

(By the Yamanashi Wine Association)


Following my meetings with a few Japanese wine producers this summer in Kofu (Japan), I met them again in London while there were presenting their Koshu wines to the UK market and especially to Japanese restaurants. Koshu is a big round pink tinged variety that resists the difficult growing condition in the Yamanashi prefecture.

The wine is almost colourless with a light body. However, aromas are very elegant, light as traditional Japanese painting and flowery. It is perfect for Japanese food and sushi.. It was really nice to meet my friend Ayana from the Grace winery and meet all those dedicated wine makers from Japan doing a brilliant job in extremes conditions.

(When I visited them, it was 45° in the field! Quite normal temperature and so humid!!)


Burgundy En Primeur



Another fantastic display of the magical Pinot Noir not to mention the whites!

It would have taken me hours to taste all those wines! Here the focus is really the terroir: grape, soil and men! I would not be able to pick one favourite: they were all trying to attract me with their lovely aromas and their future potential. Of course, most of them were extremely young and only time will allow them to seduce you fully. But we could already forecast some of their potential.

I enjoyed a Batard Montrachet Grand Cru from Domaine Fonaine Gagnard, all of Nicolas Potel selection was amazingly lively and attractive already now. Great potential with Ghislaine Barthod from Chambolle-Musigny and perhaps my best pick of the day: Henri Gouges from Nuits St Georges: all his wines were lovely with great potential.