How did you enter the wine business?
Both my father and grandfather were active in wine business. So, I had a passion for wine, the different flavours and the stories behind the family domains early on. At the age of 18, I followed my first wine course. After that, I passed all stages of the WSET and followed Master of Wine (MW) studies for 5 years. For almost 20 years, I’ve worked at one of the largest wine importing and distribution companies for on-trade in The Netherlands. After being an (inter)national tasting judge and working on the vinification in Burgundy in 2013, I felt I had seen every corner of the world of wine.
What wines will we find in your personal cellar?
Every year, I visit the Champagne region with Champagne lovers and connoisseurs, you will find mostly Champagne in my cellar: from small growers to top delicate cuvees of well-known Champagne houses. Of course, Burgundy, since I have been working there on the vinification. And finally, considering my love for Italy and Piemonte wines, I have many delicate red wines from the Langhe region.
What’s your ultimate food & wine pairing?
Without a doubt: a pure, delicate and elegant Champagne with a plateau de fruits de mer.