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THE TASTING PANEL

The tasting notes on this website are prepared by a small, diverse panel of experienced tasters. The panel consists of wine professionals, viticulturists and experienced wine tasters and is completely independent. The panel avoids any outside influence or conflict of interest.

Approximately every 3 weeks, a blind tasting is organized in an intimate setting, where 6 to 8 wines from different vineyards in the Netherlands are tasted and discussed together. The tasting is performed according to the international WSET tasting method. This ensures that the reviews are consistent, even when different panel members are present that specific day. Within the panel we come to a joint conclusion that will be included on the website.

The Tasting Panel

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Marieke Fijnvandraat
Founder GoDutch! Wine

My passion and enthusiasm for wine goes back many years. I have taken several wine courses (SDEN level 2, SDEN level 3 and WSET level 3). I mainly specialized in Italian wines and I have since visited many vineyards throughout Italy during my vacations. I became a member of the The Hague Municipal Vineyard in 2017 to learn more about the wine making process.

GoDutch.wine | Marieke Fijnvandraat
Marieke Fijnvandraat
Founder GoDutch! Wine

My passion and enthusiasm for wine goes back many years. I have taken several wine courses (SDEN level 2, SDEN level 3 and WSET level 3). I mainly specialized in Italian wines and I have since visited many vineyards throughout Italy during my vacations. I became a member of the The Hague Municipal Vineyard in 2017 to learn more about the wine making process.

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Mark van Es
Wine consultant at Juicefull

My passion for hospitality, food and beverages has been fueled by my professional experiences in the food service industry. Since 2001, I have been active in various roles in the wine industry and since 2018 I have additionally been involved in the Hague Municipal Vineyard. In my own company, Juicefull, I connect people, locations and products.

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Mark van Es
Wine consultant at Juicefull

My passion for hospitality, food and beverages has been fueled by my professional experiences in the food service industry. Since 2001, I have been active in various roles in the wine industry and since 2018 I have additionally been involved in the Hague Municipal Vineyard. In my own company, Juicefull, I connect people, locations and products.

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Tosca Winters
Owner Joie de Vin, registered viticulturist

After being an avid wine enthusiast for many years, I decided to become a full-time wine professional in 2016. With Joie de Vin, I personally select and import bio-friendly French wines that are typical of their respective regions. In the past 10 years I have followed various wine educations and in 2017 I became a registered viticulturist (Wijnacademie). I am currently studying the specific regulations surrounding biological and biodynamic wines.

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Tosca Winters
Owner Joie de Vin, registered viticulturist

After being an avid wine enthusiast for many years, I decided to become a full-time wine professional in 2016. With Joie de Vin, I personally select and import bio-friendly French wines that are typical of their respective regions. In the past 10 years I have followed various wine educations and in 2017 I became a registered viticulturist (Wijnacademie). I am currently studying the specific regulations surrounding biological and biodynamic wines.

Kirsten Bouwens
Experienced wine enthusiast

A few years ago I obtained my WSET level 2 diploma. Since then, I am very enthusiastic about tasting wine. Courses are generally directed at the bigger wine regions, but as I’ve lived in Slovenia in 2017 and 2018, I’ve been able to explore that region as well. Now I’m very excited to see what the Netherlands have to offer!

Kirsten Bouwens
Experienced wine enthusiast

A few years ago I obtained my WSET level 2 diploma. Since then, I am very enthusiastic about tasting wine. Courses are generally directed at the bigger wine regions, but as I’ve lived in Slovenia in 2017 and 2018, I’ve been able to explore that region as well. Now I’m very excited to see what the Netherlands have to offer!

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Marc Paardenkoper
Wine Consultant at Wijnsnob.nl

I have over 10 years of professional experience in wine retail. I currently work as an independent wine consultant through my brand Wijnsnob. During this time, I reached WSET level 3 and I am currently studying to graduate to level 4. In 2011, I completed the well known wine-food pairing education taught by Peter Klosse.

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Marc Paardenkoper
Wine Consultant at Wijnsnob.nl

I have over 10 years of professional experience in wine retail. I currently work as an independent wine consultant through my brand Wijnsnob. During this time, I reached WSET level 3 and I am currently studying to graduate to level 4. In 2011, I completed the well known wine-food pairing education taught by Peter Klosse.

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Hans van Stam
Wine consultant at Provinto, registered viticulturist

I was bitten by the ‘wine bug’ in the ’90s and since 2009 I am a registered viticulturist (Wijnacademie). At Provinto, I am always on the lookout for new, interesting wines to match the personal tastes of my clients. I also advise wine retailers about their portfolios and I organise wine tasting events. I am a member of several wine tasting panels.

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Hans van Stam
Wine consultant at Provinto, registered viticulturist

I was bitten by the ‘wine bug’ in the ’90s and since 2009 I am a registered viticulturist (Wijnacademie). At Provinto, I am always on the lookout for new, interesting wines to match the personal tastes of my clients. I also advise wine retailers about their portfolios and I organise wine tasting events. I am a member of several wine tasting panels.

Gone but not Forgotten

We fondly remember the people who have been active in the GoDutch! Wine Tasting Panel in the past. Thank you:

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