Last November, Simon Hardy DipWSET and I, ambassadors for Swiss wines in London launched what we have nicknamed a « Stammtisch » for professionals at 67 Pall Mall. The idea was to host a monthly gathering where Swiss wines were presented to buyers and sommeliers in the best environment possible and with a non-constraining calendar. But after just four editions, the COVID-related lockdown happened and here is how we bounced back.
The Jancis Robinson website, one of the leading online publications in the world of wine, has just published its latest tasting article focused exclusively on Switzerland in which Julia Harding MW rated almost 100 Swiss wines. More than 60 of them (largely available in the UK) were shown at the London trade tasting organised in March by Jean-François Genoud and Simon Hardy. The rest were tasted by Julia last summer when she attended the Fête des Vignerons in Vevey and visited some Valais vineyards accompanied by José Vouillamoz.
VINEA on tour in Geneva
Initié en novembre 2016, le premier VINEA on tour a été organisé pour répondre à une demande récurrente des producteurs de vins désireux de partir à la rencontre des amateurs de vins à travers toute la Suisse. La première édition s’est tenue à Zurich. Au vu du succès de la première édition, l’expérience a été reconduite et intensifiée plusieurs fois par an dans différentes villes de Suisse.
A l'occasion des caves ouvertes genevoises, les domaines ouvrent leur portes et font déguster leurs crus. Une occasion de partir à la découverte du vignoble genevois et de ses acteurs.
Plus d'informations: https://swisswine.ch/fr/caves-ouvertes-geneve-2020
Offene Wein Keller - Caves ouvertes - Cantine Aperte – Open Wineries
It is with sadness that we have learned of the death of Sue Style, author of the recent book on Switzerland entitled "The Landscape of Swiss Wine". Sue Style was appreciated by the producers she attended, warm and endearing personality, she was an honest observer of the wine world.
Switzerland is famous for its chocolate and cheeses, but it may surprise many people to know that the country has a thriving wine industry as well. Sadly, most of us will never get to indulge in savoring a Swiss vintage because (thanks to its small production volume and thirsty citizens) less than 2% of the country’s wine is ever exported. That means that if you want to experience the bounty of one of Europe’s tastiest wine regions, you’ll pretty much have to go there yourself.
This seventh edition of the Gault&Millau awards brings the top Swiss winemakers in the limelight beyond the Swiss borders. In addition to the list of now 125 deserving producers, the guide is enriched with two special categories that highlight the special merits of certain producers: the "rookies" and the "icons". This 2020 edition offers a number of interesting changes and nominations.