Wine and Words
And so it begins… the Wine & Words blog is live.
Since I started Wine & Words about a year ago, life has been an absolute rollercoaster. Intense, exhilarating, full of surprises, adventures and experiences. From an impromptu 4×4 trip through rock-strewn vineyards in South Africa, to sharing lunch with an extraordinary Belgo-Hispanic winemaking couple in South-East Spain. From a summer road trip that took us to the Jura, Piemonte, Tuscany, Switzerland and Alsace, to venturing out on a lonely night during a business trip in Tokyo and discovering a great authentic restaurant, where we didn’t have a single language in common, but which served exquisite shabu-shabu – with chilled red wine. And last but not least, sharing wonderful food and wines with so many new-friends-that-feel-like-old-friends from all over the world, in places like Vancouver, Lille, Leiden, Western Cape, Pinerolo, New Delhi and in my home town Ghent – all of whom I met thanks to my wine reviews on Vivino.
It has been worth every minute, and now the time has come to start sharing those stories, which is what I love to do most. In food & wine, wine travel, writing and teaching, everything I’ve been doing in my 40-plus years on this earth converges:
- the bountiful vegetable garden at the house I grew up in;
- my grandmother’s old-style Flemish home cooking;
- being an avid reader (and writer) from an early age;
- my studies in English and German linguistics and literature;
- living abroad as an exchange student;
- my first job in a book store;
- 2 years of evening classes in herbalism;
- planting a garden of my own;
- meeting Mr. K, who shares my love for great food, wine and figuring out how the world works;
- 20 years of working in higher education as a lecturer and international relations officer;
- blogging for a few years at The Woman Condition;
- an attempt at writing an urban fantasy novel, which taught me I like writing non-fiction more;
- taking formal wine education in Belgium, France and the globally standardised WSET system;
- writing almost 2000 wine reviews over the last few years;
- and last but not least: all the travelling I do for my job and in my spare time.
All that is where this blog finds its roots – as does the book on wine aromas and the role of herbs & spices in food & wine pairing that’s in the making.
I hope you enjoy reading my scribbles as much as I do writing them, and I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Come on, don’t be shy! 🙂
(Yes, just testing the comments…)
and right back at you. 🙂 <3
Shy? Never! ? Great first entry! To many more.
Your garden looks great, btw!
Thanks, Kent! To many more indeed. 🙂
And: we’re very happy with our patch of green in the city! 🙂
Looks very professional Kristel! My compliments!!
Thanks, Kees! 🙂
After enticing us for longer than I can remember, it is great to see Wine & Words online. And I must say: great looking! Smashingly done Kristel! Too bad it took Mr.K so long to clean up the garden: the idyllic picture of the herbal garden was most likely the constraining time factor. As a good husband, I also vaguely remember subtle hints from the spouse. But as she would say, something you have to slap them in the face for them to jump to action. 😉 I’ll will regularly check back new stories. As you know, I’m a fond reader, so keep them coming! 🙂 (hereby off course also testing the comments section and possible restrictions on the amount of characters)
Haha, Tom. Fair points. 🙂 And the comments are ready to accommodate wordy people as well. 🙂
After reading back what I wrote, I saw some horrible spelling mistakes… 🙁
By the way, aren’t you going to dethrone Joery De Lille next year? Only guys in the top 3: unacceptable! Show us what you got Kristel! 😉
Plaagstaart. 🙂 Die gasten staan daar volledig terecht! Maar je hebt wel een punt: er mogen meer vrouwen in die ranking komen!
and what happened to the novel?
It is safely stored away, possibly never to see the daylight. 😉
Thats an intriguing story