Ellen's Wine World https://ellenwine.com SWISS ⁺ WINE ⁺ TRAVELS Wed, 08 May 2019 14:49:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2 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 Uncork now: a Spanish gold medal red, 15 May https://ellenwine.com/uncork-now-a-spanish-gold-medal-red-15-may/ https://ellenwine.com/uncork-now-a-spanish-gold-medal-red-15-may/#respond Thu, 16 May 2019 20:03:48 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112193 Roble wines are lighter and fresher, but they don't always bring out the best in the Tempranillo grape, called Tinto Fino or Tinto País in Ribera del Duero. The 2017 Protos version is a very good example of what this wine can and should be. [...]

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Swiss garner wealth of medals at world wine show https://ellenwine.com/swiss-garner-wealth-of-medals-at-world-wine-show/ https://ellenwine.com/swiss-garner-wealth-of-medals-at-world-wine-show/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 12:31:35 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112163 In a series of blind-tastings of 9,200 wines over three days, by 350 judges, where no one knew the country of origin of any of the wines, Switzerland was the fifth most bemedalled country at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, a remarkable feat.

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Book review: “Wine regions and wines, Switzerland” https://ellenwine.com/book-review-wine-regions-and-wines-switzerland/ https://ellenwine.com/book-review-wine-regions-and-wines-switzerland/#respond Sat, 11 May 2019 21:42:47 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112161 Swiss Wine Promotion (SWP) has just come out with a new book, and if you want up to date, correct and easy to read information about the landscape of Swiss wines, get yourself a copy. It's free for the asking, in English, French and German.

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Uncork now: friends of asparagus, 11 May 2019 https://ellenwine.com/uncork-now-friends-of-asparagus-11-may-2019/ https://ellenwine.com/uncork-now-friends-of-asparagus-11-may-2019/#respond Sat, 11 May 2019 20:42:04 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112138 Right behind the Bains de Saillon, where I recently went swimming to kick off the annual spring fitness burst, is a farmer’s hut where I bought some tiny white asparagus. At home I cooked them in a fine risotto, and I was hooked: asparagus season was upon us. I went back to photograph some of [...]

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Wine judges: bashers and king-makers not wanted https://ellenwine.com/wine-judges-bashers-and-king-makers-not-wanted/ https://ellenwine.com/wine-judges-bashers-and-king-makers-not-wanted/#respond Sat, 11 May 2019 13:39:16 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112062 Little Aigle, Switzerland was the scene of 9,200 wine judgements, 2-5 May. Wineries shipped their wares to this town in canton Vaud from around the world, hoping they would be noticed and found to be beautiful at the itinerant Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. The results come out 13 May. As one of the judges, I’m [...]

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Discovering and debating: Divico, Divona https://ellenwine.com/discovering-and-debating-divico-divona/ https://ellenwine.com/discovering-and-debating-divico-divona/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 16:41:59 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112022 The conference in Bramois offered an exciting moment because it's the first time so many Divico disease-resistant wines have been tasted together, organized by single grape wines, blends, oaked, not oaked.

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Fine cuisine goes cozy at Geneva’s revamped Bistro https://ellenwine.com/fine-cuisine-goes-cozy-at-genevas-revamped-bistro/ https://ellenwine.com/fine-cuisine-goes-cozy-at-genevas-revamped-bistro/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:13:35 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=111993 I love good food and I love uncomplicated, cozy meals, so the idea that a GaultMillau 17/20 chef in the middle of Geneva might think this is what his restaurant should serve was bound to appeal to me. Armel Bedouet has 17 points for the gastronomy restaurant l’Aparté, which has a mere 15 seats, and [...]

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Wine tastings: how & where we learn about wine https://ellenwine.com/wine-tastings-how-where-we-learn-about-wine/ https://ellenwine.com/wine-tastings-how-where-we-learn-about-wine/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:10:29 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=111890 I learn about wine in four main ways, or places: the first and most important is with meals, at home or dining out, because wine is at its showy or discreet best when paired well with food and enjoyed because you’re relaxing. To learn here, you need to pay attention, though, and sometimes we drink [...]

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2017 wines from Swiss Mémoire group https://ellenwine.com/2017-wines-from-swiss-memoire-group/ https://ellenwine.com/2017-wines-from-swiss-memoire-group/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2019 22:15:39 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=111972 Once a year the Mémoire des Vins Suisses group invites the public to a tasting session where wineries present three vintages of their wine. It's a don't-miss event.

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Uncork now, Basel beauties https://ellenwine.com/uncork-now-basel-beauties/ https://ellenwine.com/uncork-now-basel-beauties/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:10:31 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=111885 I saw just how good wines from Basel could be, during a two-day meeting 11-12 April in that city, with the Mémoire des Vins Suisses. Its newest winery member, Weingut Jauslin, impressed me by its overall quality.

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