What a wonderful way to show support for a good winery in one of the areas hardest hit by the 17 June 2013 hailstorm. Haunting music from Brittany in this old family winery, with dinner (by reservation)
Archives for November 2013
Swiss to vote in February on financing main hub mega-upgrade GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Lausanne’s train station will need 12 years for a major facelift to its tracks and surrounding areas to be completed, but what an improvement for travelers and for links to Geneva is in the works! The federal government and canton Vaud, with […]
First-ever bubbles & Gamay wine fair, a chance to sample fine sparkling wines from Switzerland, with caviar and chocolate – promises to be an excellent pre-holiday tasting warmup in Ouchy-Lausanne!
Here’s a review of some of the 80 Swiss sparkling wines I tasted Monday, including some of those offered at Saturday’s event, to help you get started.
A word about the Gamay part of this: it includes newer spinoff grape varieties Garanoir and Gamaret, both developed in Switzerland, often used in blends. Swiss Gamay wines can be excellent – les Frères Dutruy in Founex have a particularly good line. If you’re familiar with this grape mainly through Beaujolais, you’ll find here well-structured wines with a deeper colour where the fruit is still very present but with more complexity.
A winery open house 23 November, but more: Arte & Vini in Neuchatel is a project that for several years has marked the relationship between wine and art. This year: opening for Marianne Schneeberger’s children’s book, La fée de la vigne.
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / AMONG THE VINES – You thought you could drink out of just any old wine glass, right? Wrong, and the world has now agreed on standards for wine glasses, ISO in Geneva says. Here’s the scoop: “The tasting glass consists of a cup (an “elongated egg”) supported by a stem resting on […]