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Danish victory on June 9th?
Anyhow, to wine. Yes the Danes make a little wine. About 40,000 bottles. The long long days mean that while being so northerly, sunshine is at a premium, when it does shine it shines almost until midnight.
The wine to have is Skærsøgaard Vin. Best of all is the international award winning sparkling version called Don's Cuvée.
Which brings us to Holland.
|The De Linie vineyard |
is mostly white grapes
Some 60 winemakers currently choose from some 80 differing grape varieties and deliver about a million bottles from a couple of hundred vineyards. Dutch wineries, probably as you'd expect, make mostly light wines. The Dutch market itself is big on rosé too.
Wijndomein de Vier Ambachten offers five reds, four whites, three sparklers, two dessert wines and a rosé, all on sale at the winery.
Some wineries are also run as Bed & Breakfasts, others offer camping. Indeed, most are tourist businesses, grown from hobbies but there are now 160 of these professional grape growers.
One winery, Domain van Stokkom, got its leading wine onto the KLM (Dutch airline) business class wine list. Before it was taken over by Air France. Look out for its De Linie range.