Hubrecht Duijker, Holland’s most famous wine writer has launched a crusade against the ‘extortionately high’ price of wine in restaurants, reports today’s Volkskrant.
On his website www.hubrechtduijker.com, the public can report over-priced wine. Duijker has written over a hundred books on the wine.
He points out that a bottle of Möet & Chandon Brut Impérial costs €62.50 in De Leest in Vaassen, but double this amount in the La Rive restaurant of the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam.
‘It’s hard to imagine anything crazier,’ he tells the paper. La Rive declined to comment.
Duijker is also critical of De Keyser in Amsterdam where he says a bottle of Pinot Blanc with a wholesale price of €6.75 is sold for €37.50.
Top chef Ron Blaauw, co-owner of the restaurant (‘which doesn’t even have a star’) is furious. ‘I’ve had it with Mr Duijker. He knows nothing about our wholesale prices. Our prices are reasonable,’ says Blaauw.
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