Ellen's Wine World https://ellenwine.com SWISS ⁺ WINE ⁺ TRAVELS Thu, 25 Jul 2019 20:27:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 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 Vinea changing of the guard https://ellenwine.com/vinea-changing-of-the-guard/ https://ellenwine.com/vinea-changing-of-the-guard/#respond Thu, 25 Jul 2019 20:27:02 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112337 Wine association Vinea has announced its new head, Valérie Crittin-Favre, who joins the organization in November 2019. She replaces Raphaël Gross, former director, who left two months ago after some months with the association. The new post is administrative, overseeing the technical and administration team, with additional responsibility for developing marketing and communication. Vinea has [...]

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News: all eyes on Vevey https://ellenwine.com/news-all-eyes-on-vevey/ https://ellenwine.com/news-all-eyes-on-vevey/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:40:59 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112328 It’s finally happening: the long-planned and anticipated Fête des Vignerons in Vevey, that once a generation event. It is well underway – crowds are big, security is good, the best vignerons-tacherons (the festival is centred around them) have been crowned, Vevey is abuzz with things to do and see, wine tasting is happening everywhere, and [...]

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2018 Swiss white wines: state of the art https://ellenwine.com/2018-swiss-white-wines-state-of-the-art/ https://ellenwine.com/2018-swiss-white-wines-state-of-the-art/#respond Thu, 25 Jul 2019 11:25:28 +0000 https://ellenwine.com/?p=112270 Between March and late June I was busy tasting scores of Swiss white wines from every corner of the country. March is when the earliest bottled wines (except the January Neuchatel unfiltered wines) begin to show up at professional tastings. I’ve tasted them at wineries, some before they were bottled, others at a series of [...]

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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/#comments 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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