Notes on several wines from the Lake Zurich region (background information on the area’s wines: Zürichsee, pendulum swings). I tasted these at a press wine tasting at the Wein&Sein Höcklistein, Rapperswil-Jona, in December, organized as part of a larger Swiss Wine & Friends tasting event. The region has 32 wineries, and the quality level is […]
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Zürichsee, pendulum swings
The Lake Zurich region was once a large wine-producing area, hard to believe when you stand anywhere at the edge of Lake Zurich now and see mainly industry and homes. But many of the slopes that are so populated today were once vine-covered. A mere 150 years ago Zürichsee had some 2,000 hectares of vineyard: […]
2017 wines from Swiss Mémoire group
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.
What makes a wine traditional?
Tradition is a hot word in wine marketing right now, one that reassures consumers – and yet few of us who are on the buying end of the sales chain question what it means, I think. If you have been making wine the same way for 50 years, does that make your wine traditional? 100 years? Or what […]
Five Swiss rare wines
LOCARNO, SWITZERLAND – Thursday evening I gave a talk to a sellout crowd at the Anglo-Swiss Club in Locarno on unusual and rare Swiss grape varieties. We then tasted five of these wines. Here are some brief notes on the wines, with contact information for the wineries. All of these wines are produced in limited […]