Canton Vaud has no shortage of experts on Chasselas but Jérôme Aké Béda has a very special place among them. He is the Maître d’hôtel and sommelier at Auberge de l’Onde in St Saphorin, the too-charming hamlet in Lavaux, but he is also the co-author of “Les 99 Chasselas à boire avant de mourir”, one of the best resources around for this eponymous white wine.
The auberge has just started serving Sunday brunches, 11:30-16:30, a magical place to have a Sunday roast, among other specialties. The “small” menu changes each Sunday, but it’s always centred around “a roasted piece in our big chéminée (e.g: A whole lamb rack, farm-chicken, prime-rib, duckling, etc.) with potato gratin”, and the meal is served with a house wine or one from a wine producer who is there to present the wine. Or, if you’re lucky, you’ll hear Jérôme, who is known for his wine poetry, wax lyrical about the goodness in your glass.