Swiss wines are oenological treasures. Although our national production is limited, it relies on great expertise in terms of viticulture and viniculture. The result? A whole series of fantastic vintages that are unique in their genre.
I Iove the look I get when I mention to people here in Australia that we import Swiss wines....” do the Swiss actually makes wines” they say, well yes they do & normally my stock standard answer is that there 4 good reasons why- they are called Italy, Germany, Austria & France, so why should the Swiss miss out because they are surrounded by these great wine growing countries?
Lavaux is a picturesque wine-growing region in Switzerland. It is a perfect summer holiday destination, studded with postcard-perfect medieval towns and breathtaking views over Lake Geneva.
If wine was once a domain jealously guarded by men, this is no longer true today. In fact, more and more women work in winegrowing, or simply enjoy the juice of the trellis. And it is worth pointing out that they have a different relationship to wine from men.
Drinking wine outdoors is a special experience, particularly in a garden where you can wander freely. For once, the relaxed atmosphere takes precedence over the normally serious business of wine tasting.
My unconditional love of Swiss wines I've been drinking them for decades, and the more I try them, the more I realise that our country has a magnificent winegrowing tradition, of which Chasselas is of course a part.
Let's be clear from the start: there is no way to tell the difference between organic and "normal" wines from the taste. Although organic wines only make up a small percentage of overall production, they are getting better than ever and are now widely recognised by consumers.
Often overshadowed by red and white wines, rosé wines deserve a better reputation. Chandra Kurt has just tasted around 100 of them, in her efforts to understand current Swiss production.
You can buy wine from a supermarket, in a specialist shop or directly from the winegrower. Tasting wines directly on the estate is the ideal way to learn about production and make comparisons.
The main obstacle to a harmonious pairing of dishes and wines is purely a question of numbers: there are countless possibilities for combination. Which explains why there are also many exceptions to the rule. Nevertheless, I will give you a few basic principles, which have helped me a lot in my wine tasting career to date.