Author of ‘Madeira Wine Today’
In 2005, Henriëtte and I started ‘Wijnstudio’, a school about wines only. Now, we arrange wine courses, wine and food pairing courses, and masterclasses throughout many cities in the Netherlands. And we organise great wine tours, meeting wine makers in many wine regions.
My first visit to Madeira was on a holiday, when I toured several wineries which I planned out of sheer curiosity, as I had never tasted Madeira before. I will never forget one of the first encounters, when we were treated to an impressive wine tasting, ending with a Sercial 1940, Verdelho 1954, Boal 1964, and a Malvasia from 1933. I didn’t know that after such an extended maturation, wines could become so beautiful, so vibrant and complex, holding the promise of even more exciting complexity with good patience.