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    The amateur connoisseur

    Jeroen

    For 13 years Dutch-born Jeroen lived in the land of “the long white cloud” and the land of the Sauvignon blanc: New Zealand. Whenever possible he visited vineyards in regions such as Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Marlborough. He enjoyed the tastings and the tasting menus with the recommended wine match at the vineyards. Although he can be considered as a fairly active person that likes to ski and hike in the mountains or go paragliding, he equally loves to have a BBQ with friends and an easy to drink wine. Less than two years ago, Jeroen moved to Switzerland.

    “Having arrived recently in Switzerland and barely speaking the local language (working on it!!) I have to learn not only a new language but I also needed to discover new wines I may like. Visiting the Lavaux vineyards so far has been great, trying the wines combined with the scenery is something very special. Trying to read the labels has however proven pretty pointless to me so it is all about my own taste combined with “the occasion when drinking wine.”

    Weine, die Jeroen gefallen

    Even though he considers himself to be by no means a wine connoisseur, Jeroen gained lots of experiences in wine tasting and is always up for trying out grape varieties he doesn’t know yet – and his journey goes on and on and on.

    Am Feierabend

    Am Feierabend

    Easy to drink, not too costly like a Sauvignon blanc

    Zum Apéro

    Zum Apéro

    Chasselas!

    Zum Feiern

    Zum Feiern

    Champagner or Prosecco. I like those days…

    Für den Abend zu zweit

    Für den Abend zu zweit

    Shiraz or Pinot Noir.

    “The wide variety of wines available from so many different countries and regions within countries is what I find fascinating about wine. As well, the way the grapes are grown on the mountain sides or seeing rows and rows of vines is something special.”

    Despite his preferences, he usually makes the choice based on the food he’s about to eat, the activity he did prior or simply the weather: red when it’s cold, hot wine (Glühwein) when it’s really cold and white when it’s warm.

    “I typically choose the wine I am going to drink depending on the above and do consider the price of the wine. Being Dutch I do like a good deal.”

    Weine, Die Jeroen getestet hat

    Weintester
    Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015
    1l CHF 34,00
    zzgl. Versand
    inkl. MwSt.
    25.50
    25,50
    CHF

    Pleasant wine that goes well with something with Cheese

    I tasted this wine on a nice but cool spring evening. Prior to tasting I did some research online and also read the label on the bottle in preparation. After reading the description on the bottle and the research online I had to get prepared for an explosion of flavours. (The bottle label alone talks about 6 flavours and some perhaps more qualified reviewers mention anything up to 12 different flavours!!)Based on that we decided this wine may go well with an original Swiss Macaroni Cheese, one of the few flavours not mentioned in reviews. Who doesn’t like a bit of cheese with pear and apples, honeysuckle and fig!

    As it had been a while I had a Chardonnay, I noticed that when pouring the wine it almost came out a bit thick(ish), maybe this was because the wines I have been drinking lately were Sauvignon Blanc wines, it was a bit darker or yellower in colour.

    It smelled nice, a bit like walking past an oak tree that had been cut not so long ago. Tasting it prior to having the first bite of a splendid macaroni cheese, I surprised myself that what I noticed at the pour was perhaps right, its consistency was thicker…… I have to admit I did not get most of the many flavours but it was pleasant nevertheless.

    Overall it was soft not really anything sharp during or at the end either, no lingering specific aftertaste in your mouth either. The only taste left behind was…. lets have another go but let’s combine it with cheese! The first bite followed by another swig of the wine was very pleasant and a good compliment to each other I think.

    My conclusion: it was a pleasant wine that goes well with something with Cheese in it, on a semi-cool evening, I don’t think this is the bottle to go to if it’s mid-summer unless it is later at night. Ideal for someone who wants to try and find all the different mentioned flavours as well as it probably would a be a lot of fun.

    I am glad I tried the wine and overall a positive experience together with a Swiss Macaroni Cheese on a cool spring evening as it warms you a little when you taste it.

    Wurden ebenfalls getestet:

    Weintester
    Alto Moncayo 2015
    1l CHF 64,67
    zzgl. Versand
    inkl. MwSt.
    48.50
    55,00
    CHF
    Weintester
    Domaine Lafage Narassa 2015
    1l CHF 19,33
    zzgl. Versand
    inkl. MwSt.
    14.50
    18,00
    CHF
    Weintester
    Cantine del Notaio Il Sigillo Aglianico del Vulture 2011
    1l CHF 50,00
    zzgl. Versand
    inkl. MwSt.
    37.50
    47,00
    CHF
    Weintester
    Château D'Esclans Whispering Angel 2017
    1l CHF 28,00
    zzgl. Versand
    inkl. MwSt.
    21.00
    24,50
    CHF
    Weintester
    Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015
    1l CHF 34,00
    zzgl. Versand
    inkl. MwSt.
    25.50
    25,50
    CHF
    Weintester
    Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block 2015
    1l CHF 36,67
    zzgl. Versand
    inkl. MwSt.
    27.50
    34,50
    CHF
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