Lobster from the Oosterschelde with parsnip spaghetti, dried apricot and watercress. Sounds like a dish on the menu of a starred restaurant. Which could be true, Anand Kanhai (45), Founder of Share A Bottle, studied among others at the renowned Parisian cooking school Lenôtre. Yesterday he prepared this delicious lobster in his own kitchen. Immediately he knew which wine to choose: ‘A Saumur from the Loire Valley of course: Triple Zéro from winemaker Jacky Blot of Domaine de la Taille aux Loups. But a Riesling from Weingut Johannishof would also be a good choice. The Ruedesheim Berg Rottland from 2011 has brilliant acids. My favourite grape!’, he says enthusiastically. He laughs: ‘Anyway, I don’t eat lobster every day!’
The magic of wine and food pairing
His passion for food goes arm in arm with his obsession for wine. As a 7-year-old, the kitchen was already his favourite place. Once working at gastronomic restaurants he discovered the magic of good wine and food pairing. According to the enthusiast nothing beats a good dish with a perfect glass of wine. Anand knows what he’s talking about. When he is not in the kitchen he’s cramming for national and international wine courses. Currently he is studying for a degree in oenology. The icing on the cake.
He is outspoken about wine: ‘You can have the best terroir, the most gorgeous slopes, loads of money and the most excellent barrels, but finally it’s the wine maker’s personality that counts.’ He learned this in Monforte d’Alba in Italy, where he lived for half a year. The 29-year-old winemaker Fabio Conterno Fantino introduced him to a new generation of winemakers. ‘Youngster connect old and new methods and dare to innovate. Fabio is pretty new in the scene, he makes excellent wines, because he’s stubborn. He dares to do it different than his father and grandfather.’
Anand’s passion for wine has evolved in Share A Bottle, bringing wine lovers together through online storytelling or live events. ‘Our tastings aim to offer guests a real wine experience. We always try to do something unique. The 18th of September we will organize a wine tasting in the atmospheric Zuid-Afrikahuis in Amsterdam starring wine teacher Udo Göebel, who graduated with a Magister Vini title. Udo will explain about South Africa, the climate and the methods of the wine makers. He tasted thousands of wines and for Share A Bottle he will select twelve excellent ones’, Anand says proudly.
Anand’s own favourite wines are the German organic Riesling from Weingut Paulinshof and the French Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots of Burgundy. ‘But also the Gamay from Beaujolais is one of my favourites. In fact, you have to drink it a bit cold. This one I always drink three degrees colder than recommended, at 12 to 14ºC.’