I am Claartje van den Bogaard (or -the international version- Claire:) and the voice behind Blend and Bottled. Many years ago I took my first steps into wine wonderland during a wine tasting at Boschendal in South Africa at the foot of the Simonsberg mountain; a passion was born. Since then tastings and courses were regularly on my menu. In June 2014 I started Blend and Bottled, then the passion became also the profession. Meanwhile I completed WSET Advanced Level 3. I try to develop my tasting skills and to keep up with the theory as much as possible.
For me wine is a synonym for joy (while joy is not always a synonym for wine though:). It is the bottled blend of nature, emotion and technique. Enjoyable for everyone who loves their senses. And the latter is the filosophy behind Blend and Bottled.
My aim is to bring the wonderful world of wine closer and more accessible to all wine lovers out there. I provide wine tastings, wine courses and trips to vineyards to learn about this ancient, but oh so culinary craft, that -in my opinion- everywhere on this planet contributes to a larger enjoyment of life… In the soon-to-be-opened online wine shop I offer a carefully selected range of wines from many wine countries in the world. There is so much to discover!
On the blog I capture my personal experiences with this ‘lubricant’ of life. I’ll take you to wine bars and vineyards, from white into red, along interesting wine gadgets and of course I’ll try to share most of what fancies my taste buds whenever wherever. I hope we will meet some day.