Ellen's Wine World https://ellenwine.com SWISS ⁺ WINE ⁺ TRAVELS Sun, 20 May 2018 18:15:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i1.wp.com/ellenwine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/cropped-favicons-ellenworld-wine.png?fit=32%2C32 Ellen's Wine World https://ellenwine.com 32 32 63856226 Germanier, one winery’s quest for the best https://ellenwine.com/germanier-one-winerys-quest-for-the-best/ https://ellenwine.com/germanier-one-winerys-quest-for-the-best/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 17:48:01 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=108953 Looking beyond formulas for great wines The Guardian’s article about natural, organic and biodynamic wines with its slew of missionary purists reminded me of a series of photos I took in March at the Jean-René Germanier winery in Vetroz. The best Swiss wineries are trying ancient, older and new methods and combinations of all of [...]

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Ruminations on recent wine news https://ellenwine.com/ruminations-on-recent-wine-news/ https://ellenwine.com/ruminations-on-recent-wine-news/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 16:03:30 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=108948 Sunday wine news perusings and musings for you. An article in Forbes about Swiss wine that will please the country’s wine promotion body, an interesting article about natural wine in The Guardian that is too focused on France, a provocative story in Le Temps about Bern’s efforts to centralize agricultural (including wine) research, a promising [...]

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Aigle to host Bruxelles wine competition https://ellenwine.com/aigle-to-host-bruxelles-wine-competition/ https://ellenwine.com/aigle-to-host-bruxelles-wine-competition/#respond Sun, 13 May 2018 07:02:53 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=108943 Big news for canton Vaud – and Switzerland – is that Aigle will host the 2019 Bruxelles wine competition, one of the world’s largest. The event will bring some 300 judges to Aigle to taste 9,000 wines from 2 to 5 May 2019 at the World Cycling Center in Aigle. The choice was announced as [...]

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Wine-lover’s sensory life: look at the clouds https://ellenwine.com/wine-lovers-sensory-life-look-at-the-clouds/ https://ellenwine.com/wine-lovers-sensory-life-look-at-the-clouds/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 16:07:09 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=108895 If I told you this is a red wine, and so is the next one, and the next, I would not be wrong. But it wouldn’t tell you much. And yet, the first thing we know about a wine, most of the time, is what it looks like. Being bewitched by a wine is a [...]

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Cantonal winery open days underway https://ellenwine.com/cantonal-winery-open-days-underway/ https://ellenwine.com/cantonal-winery-open-days-underway/#respond Sun, 06 May 2018 20:30:32 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=108892 Neuchatel and some German-speaking Swiss areas opened the winery doors wide this weekend, and other cantons follow suite in the coming month. This is one of your best chances to sample regional wines and meet the winemakers. You’ll discover there are several other local open houses and events before the summer holidays; check out the [...]

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Zurich, with wine on the brain https://ellenwine.com/zurich-with-wine-on-the-brain/ https://ellenwine.com/zurich-with-wine-on-the-brain/#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 15:53:25 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=108873 Switzerland has such distinctly different areas that when you live in one you really have to move around and visit others to make sense of the whole. I’m spending a couple of days out of my French comfort zone to stumble and mumble in greater Zürich. With wine on the brain, of course. Thursday evening [...]

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Discovery channel: Moldovan wines https://ellenwine.com/discovery-channel-moldovan-wines/ https://ellenwine.com/discovery-channel-moldovan-wines/#respond Sat, 28 Apr 2018 08:25:31 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=108811 Until this week, I’d never had a Moldovan wine. Here’s my primer and wine tasting notes, after a Wednesday evening visit to the 13 stands of the guest of honour, Wine of Moldova, at the Arvinis wine fair in Montreux (April 25-30). The country, the wine regions The country is the Republic of Moldova (1991), previously the [...]

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2017 white wines at Arvinis https://ellenwine.com/2017-white-wines-at-arvinis/ https://ellenwine.com/2017-white-wines-at-arvinis/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:47:40 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=108808 People have been telling me that 2017 was a very good year for most Swiss wines and last night I rushed around (not ideal, but …leave yourself more time than I did) tasting some of them at Arvinis in Montreux. They were consistently good, complex and fresh and very promising. Keep in mind that most [...]

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Arvinis addendum: Cave Rodaline’s trio https://ellenwine.com/arvinis-addendum-cave-rodalines-trio/ https://ellenwine.com/arvinis-addendum-cave-rodalines-trio/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:24:26 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=108799 Arvinis in Montreux, Wednesday evening: I visited Cave Rodaline’s stand to do a comparative tasting of their three terroir Petite Arvine wines, which I’ve wanted to do since my Combe d’Enfer hike in March among their vines, above Fully in Valais. This is a great way to understand how a producer can make different Petite Arvines [...]

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The many shades of Arvine: a tribute https://ellenwine.com/the-many-shades-of-arvine-a-tribute/ https://ellenwine.com/the-many-shades-of-arvine-a-tribute/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:55:02 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=108424 Today has been a day for celebrating in Fully, canton Valais, the day when Spring and Petite Arvine are declared to be partners, and people turn their attention to this wonderful grape, one of Europe’s finest. Wineries invite special guests – last year saw several winemakers from Burgundy – the wine flows to keep up [...]

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