:: LifeHacks :: The People – Mr. De Meulemeester

During my last 2 years in Hotel- and Tourism School Spermalie in Bruges, I discovered the amazing wine world. I was kind of cautious about it in the beginning.
Until that one day.

Mr. De Meulemeester, he was our teacher and very passionate about wine. He had an amazing knowledge about wine too and loved to share all of it with all of us. We didn’t had any clue about wines; what would you expect of a bunch of 17 year old kiddo’s?!

Our classroom was filled with maps about all different wine regions around the world and bottles of wine. Even though they all were empty, there was a certain mystic about them. I think it was around April, we’ve had been talking about aperitifs, liquors, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and how to serve them last couple of months. Everybody was getting more and more excited about these empty bottles and the stories behind them.

So one day, Mr. De Meulemeester asked us to pick one of the bottles. We had to look them up, find something interesting about them. About the estate, the grape variety, the region,… whatever you thought was interesting to know. Most of us went directly for the bottles stored in the little cabinet in the back. As they were stored behind glass, that would mean something right? And true to that, that cabinet was holding bottles from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Haut-Brion. All fancy names and all Premier Crus from the Bordeaux region. Consider them the Prada’s and Versace’s amongst wines.

I was on the side of the classroom, thinking, what a stupid assignment and I just grabbed the first bottle I could reach behind me on the shelves. Without knowing anything about wine, I discovered my bottle was one of the most expensive and rarest bottles there was in the class room. It was listed to be in the top 10 of best wines ever made. Coming from a small estate in Burgundy, from an even smaller vineyard, a bottle of this wine would easily go over $200/bottle. It was a ‘Meursault Perriere’ from the estate of Coche-Dury.

I was shocked about the quality of this wine and everything there was to know about it. That was the day I fell in love with everything the wine world and restaurant business had to offer. That there was a high quality level of hospitality I never knew about, but I was really very eager to learn about.

Until today, I believe that assignment changed my life and perception of quality. I started pursuing quality in every form there is in my life. It’s one of my core values and the one I treasure most.

And I know what you are thinking right now: ‘Did you ever taste this epic wine?’
Yes. I have been very lucky to have tried this specific wine, multiple times actually since then. But let’s just don’t spoil it, I will tell you more about it later!

With Love and Happiness :: ANN ::

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