GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland produces and consumes more red wine than white, a fact that surprises many people. Surely, I hear the protesting voices, the lovely crisp white aperitif wine that you see and drink everywhere must be the main wine? We’re talking about Chasselas, Switzerland’s justifiably most famous grape, of which some 40 million […]
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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Even the best winemakers’ products are occasionally corked. If you’re uncertain, leave the wine for a few minutes: it might just need to open. But if you suspect it is corked, or you’re sure it is: don’t drink it. Corked wine is likely to provide a headache and an unpleasant drinking and […]
Lausanne, Switzerland – A short note to explain my near-silence: it’s been a very busy summer in terms of wine, and the results of this will soon start to surface here, but right now I’m tied up with the new Swiss Wine Guide, second edition of the English version (it also comes out in French […]
Valais has a wonderful collection of wines, far richer in diversity than most wine-growing regions in the world. One of the real jewels among them is Petite Arvine, a wine which has a surprisingly salty finish. A friend who was translating a wine text recently asked me, “That can’t be right, can it? it’s not […]
Sierre, Valais, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The opening of the 6-7 September (Saturday-Sunday) Vinea wine fair in Sierre promises its usual spectacular weather, with pleasant temperatures and sunny skies.