Vineyards the length of the upper Rhone in Valais were treated to a gentle snowfall Monday.
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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / AMONG THE VINES – Vully is a small region familiar to Swiss lovers of fine wine, but worldwide fans of popular international wine, Syrah, will scratch their heads to hear the name – and yet a Syrah from here has just taken a surprise silver medal at the Mondial du Syrah wine […]
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – For background, see my article, “Switzerland’s splendid neighbour: Côtes du Rhône”. In October I tasted and discussed at length with winesellers and sommeliers and other journalists a sampling of wines from the Côtes du Rhône region. Here are my notes on the whites and rosés (reds to follow). The first three wines are […]
2011 vintage: warm, deep cherry and plum notes await us after unusual year LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Good news arrived from France Monday, that 2011 wines from the Rhone Valley, after initial tastings, show wonderful promise. Grapes harvested at optimal ripeness are giving wines marked by fruitiness and warmth, with plum and deep cherry notes, verging […]
It’s high season for pruning vines in Switzerland, the job grape growers say determines whether or not they will have the best possible grapes. I spent a chilly afternoon learning to prune vines.