Best Amsterdam Wine Shop – Vote for Ton Overmars

Dutch wine magazine WijnPers is currently having a competition where you can vote for your favorite wine shop.

My favorite wine shop is Ton Overmars on Hoofddorpplein in Amsterdam. Ton has been in business for many, many years and knows more than anybody about wine. His staff is giving great recommendations, always giving best advice even if that means less business for the store. Ton has many special wines that he imports directly. And all those great wines are available for very competitive prices.

If you have a moment, please cast your vote for Ton. I just did! All it takes is an email address.

Best Amsterdam Wine Shop - Elections
Best Amsterdam Wine Shop - Elections

Free tickets for Taste at Marqt

Concept supermarket Marqt is giving away free tickets for Taste for each shopping spree of € 25 and above.

Marqt has attracted a large number of foodies with its focus on local produce, food-loving staff and beautiful market-style interior design. But somehow the success of Marqt has been below expectation, at least partially due to high prices on certain food categories like meat and a limited selection in others like dairy.

As part of an aggressive marketing campaign, including varying daily discounts and opening on Sunday, Marqt is giving away free tickets to the Taste food festival June 25 to 28. OP=OP, as the Dutch like to say, or while supplies last… Marqt will also have a stall at the Fine Food Market at Taste.

Fresh Summer Truffles at Feduzzi

Back in March I landed an incredibly fragrant and fresh white truffle on one of my frequent trips to Italian traiteur Feduzzi. This weekend I got lucky again. Feduzzi was offering black summer truffles from a fresh delivery from Italy. And like last time, dinner plans were quickly adjusted to Tagliatelle with a sherry and Parmesan sauce and raw shaved truffles.

The black truffles were not as intense as the white ones and pricey at € 40,= for 10 grams. We still enjoyed them a lot!

summer truffle, tagliatelle, parmesan and sherry
summer truffle, tagliatelle, parmesan and sherry
summer-truffle-tagliatelle-parmesan-and-sherry-served
raw shaved summer truffle on tagliatelle

Wine Garden Opening at Vino di Pino

Italian wine merchant Vino di Pino opened its doors in late 2008. I stopped by a few times for the January February March special – of 50% off every second bottle.

This Sunday, 29 March 2009, Vino di Pino is throwing an opening party for its wine garden with free wine sampling and an Italian buffet.

I hope they also keep extending the 50% off special!

Pacherenc + Ripasso + Celeste = Gall & Gall Card

If there are two things I hate about food shopping in Amsterdam, it’s (a) Dutch super markets and (b) bonus cards.

For the non-locals: Dutch food shops are generally small, focused on low cost and much more concerned about the expiration date than the quality of food. And all of them offer some sort of bonus scheme that provides discounts in return for loyalty. ‘Spaart u zegels’, anyone?

I generally prefer the Turkish corner shop over Dutch darling supermarket Albert Heijn and my local liquor store over AH’s cousin Gall & Gall. I might pay a little more but the quality is much better and the service much friendlier and more knowledgeable.

Today, however, I bought seven bottles of wine at Gall & Gall and subscribed to their bonus card scheme! How did this happen?

Well. I went to the large Gall & Gall near the Dam to pick up a bottle of Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh. The same ‘Torus’ I bought a few months ago and enjoyed a lot.  I did enjoy it enough to pick up three bottles instead of the intended one. On the way to check-out, a bottle of Masi Campofiorin caught my eye. Only two days ago I had posted about how much I love Ripasso wine and that I never had tried one from Masi, the vineyard that invented the Ripasso technique. So I definitely had to get two of those. And right next to it, perfectly placed, I spotted a Torus Madiran. A red wine made by Brumont who also produces the Pacherenc. So I also had to get two of those bottles.

Über-happy with my unexpected stash of seven bottles I finally made it to check-out. Fully prepared to decline the usual offer for a bonus card. The friendly customer service representative, however, explained to me that it would be rather foolish to decline. A Gall & Gall card, he continued, costs € 10,- and entitles me to a 10% discount on each purchase for the next 12 months. And with my current shopping basket, I would be almost even immediately.

I went for it.

Did I give in to the system?!?

Pacherenc + Ripasso + Celeste = Gall & Gall Card

If there are two things I hate about food shopping in Amsterdam, it’s (a) Dutch super markets and (b) bonus cards.

For the non-locals: Dutch food shops are generally small, focused on low cost and much more concerned about the expiration date than the quality of food. And all of them offer some sort of bonus scheme that provides discounts in return for loyalty. ‘Spaart u zegels’, anyone?

I generally prefer the Turkish corner shop over Dutch darling supermarket Albert Heijn and my local liquor store over AH’s cousin Gall & Gall. I might pay a little more but the quality is much better and the service much friendlier and more knowledgeable.

Today, however, I bought seven bottles of wine at Gall & Gall and subscribed to their bonus card scheme! How did this happen?

Well. I went to the large Gall & Gall near the Dam to pick up a bottle of Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh. The same ‘Torus’ I bought a few months ago and enjoyed a lot.  I did enjoy it enough to pick up three bottles instead of the intended one. On the way to check-out, a bottle of Masi Campofiorin caught my eye. Only two days ago I had posted about how much I love Ripasso wine and that I never had tried one from Masi, the vineyard that invented the Ripasso technique. So I definitely had to get two of those. And right next to it, perfectly placed, I spotted a Torus Madiran. A red wine made by Brumont who also produces the Pacherenc. So I also had to get two of those bottles.

Über-happy with my unexpected stash of seven bottles I finally made it to check-out. Fully prepared to decline the usual offer for a bonus card. The friendly customer service representative, however, explained to me that it would be rather foolish to decline. A Gall & Gall card, he continued, costs € 10,- and entitles me to a 10% discount on each purchase for the next 12 months. And with my current shopping basket, I would be almost even immediately.

I went for it.

Did I give in to the system?!?