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Sunday January 1, 2017 We hope for the best.  The first day of the first year burned itself out full of promise: shepherds’ delight.  You can’t help feeling optimistic, no matter what.   We  like re-phrasing Hubrecht Duijker’s trademark comment: wine can help us forget the problems of the world, but we won’t let the […]

Saturday December 3 Every one has heard of the FT.  In Holland it translates into a look-alike  FD, the country’s leading business and financial newspaper, printed on the same characteristic pink pages as its English cousin. And the FD’s Saturday edition comes complete with a resplendent glossy weekend magazine, today’s  with Angela Merkel’s face all […]

Tuesday November 1 Kids are winding up their  trip to Canada today, promoting Rives-Blanques wines to the Quebecois. The Economist talked about “nice cuddly Canada” last week – but the Canadian customs officers were not.  Perhaps they had been primed and knew that there was a big wine fest going on, or else they were […]

Sunday October 2 Oh you amazing, magnificent mauzac!  How much longer can you make us dance to your tune?  A couple of days?  A week? Ten days?  Just how much longer can you hold out? (How much longer can we hold out?) The grapes look beautiful, and they are basking in the sunshine, in no hurry to go […]

Thursday September 1 September blazes through the bedroom window, violently blue and full of sunshine. “Another beautiful day”, Jan remarks gloomily. Damn!   Friday September 2 There’s no rain in sight, that’s the bad news. But the good news is very good indeed.  The authoritative wine guide, granddaddy of them all, The Guide Hachette,  has published its […]