Ellen's Wine World https://ellenwine.com SWISS ⁺ WINE ⁺ TRAVELS Thu, 30 May 2019 16:18:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 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 Winespeak https://ellenwine.com/winespeak/ https://ellenwine.com/winespeak/#respond Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:46:20 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=110707 One of the differences – there are many – between French and Swiss French terms in the vineyard: while the French vigneron, who makes wine from his own grapes (and is normally called a vigneron-encaveur in Switzerland) cuts back summertime exuberant growth and speaks of le rognage, his Swiss counterpart uses the verb cisailler. Both also use effeuillage more formally. The point of the [...]

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Uncork now, Geneva white, Schaffhausen red – 30 May 2019 https://ellenwine.com/uncork-now-geneva-white-schaffhausen-red-30-may-2019/ https://ellenwine.com/uncork-now-geneva-white-schaffhausen-red-30-may-2019/#respond Thu, 30 May 2019 16:15:49 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112256 May and early June are for me the in-between time for wines, too cool to sip whites all evening outdoors but a night of red can feel like too much – we want to move on after a winter of them. I dropped in briefly at the end of a day of tasting organized by [...]

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Book reviews: gardens, wines https://ellenwine.com/book-reviews-gardens-wines/ https://ellenwine.com/book-reviews-gardens-wines/#respond Wed, 29 May 2019 19:52:53 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112208 Bergli, an English language publisher in Basel, has two new books out that are relevant here: Gardens Switzerland and The Landscape of Swiss Wine. The first, about large public and private gardens, is a gem. The wine book has good points but is significantly flawed.[...]

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Vinea director leaves https://ellenwine.com/vinea-director-leaves/ https://ellenwine.com/vinea-director-leaves/#respond Fri, 24 May 2019 11:29:43 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112221 Raphaël Gross, director of Vinea, is leaving. Vinea Friday morning informed its members and others that Gross, director for just under 8 months, and the association have jointly agreed that their vision and expectations linked to the director's job are not the same. [...]

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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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