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THE IDEA THAT BECAME A WINE


“I want to leave the world a wine
with the name Grunberg.”

Page 101, Chambermaids and Soldiers (2009)

New York
When Aris Derksen read these lines in May 2009 he wrote Arnon Grunberg an e-mail offering his help with creating a wine called Grunberg. The two met in New York City in the late spring of 2009 on the terrace of a tea house near Grunberg’s apartment. After some tea, a lot of talking, dinner at Grunberg’s favourite Italian restaurant, some wine and even more talking they decided to create three wines under the name Grunberg. They were convinced that the world could not do without it.


Spain

Back in Spain Aris Derksen approached Andreas Kubach (Managing Director) and Carlos Falcó (proprietor) of the award winning boutique winery Pagos Marques de Griñon with the idea of making a wine with the name Arnon Grunberg. After reading some of Grunberg’s novels Andreas Kubach and Carlos Falcó were very enthusiastic about the idea of linking a top wine with top literature and so the first wine especially made for Arnon Grunberg by Marques de Griñon was launched through Vinites in Holland in June 2010. Grunberg called his first wine FREUD, as a salute to Sigmund Freud. The illustration is from Roland Topor, one of Grunberg’s favorite artists.


How it begun

 

 

Dear Arnon,

I read your book “Chambermaids and Soldiers”. On page 101 you say goodbye to Khramer in Kosovo and want to travel to Montenegro to invest in the wine production. You want to leave the world a wine called Grunberg.

My company is in charge of the management of various wineries in Spain. That’s not Montenegro but we sure make great wines here.

I would like it a lot to make a wine for you. What do you think of that idea? On May 21st and 22nd I shall be in New York City. If you want to discuss this idea further please let me know. I am available after 19.00h. I’ll stay at The Marriot Financial Center.

Kind regards,
Aris Derksen

 

_______________________________________________
Original Message -----
From: Arnon Grunberg
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 5:36 AM
To: aris.derksen@winterbusinessgroup.net
Subject: wine

Dear Aris,

It was a most pleasant evening.

I shall taste the wine soon

I feel confident that before long we shall be able to drink a wine called Grunberg

Kind regards,
Arnon

 

 

 


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Blog from www.arnongrunberg.com

May 21st, 2009, Spain
Legacy
Posted By: Arnon Grunberg

Tonight I had dinner with a charming gentleman who represents a few wineries in Spain. He made me an offer that is hard to refuse. He wants to name a wine after me. What a beautiful thought that my legacy to this world would not only consist of novels, stories, and essays but also of a delicious red wine.

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