Among the tastings on offer was a Swiss wine tasting presented by the esteemed World Best Sommelier 2013, Paolo Basso.
As I began to write this piece on Alpine wines it struck me that the topography of the region was as good an analogy as any for the wines it produces. The Alps are difficult to get to. They’re not easily accessible and a visit there is not everyone’s cup of tea. But for many, the effort is so worth it. Once you taste the Alpine air you can never go back; once you experience the headiness of the snow-capped vistas then many other landscapes appear pale in comparison.
Switzerland’s vineyards, unlike those of neighboring France, are small, family affairs that produce some of Europe’s best wine. Grown on the slopes surrounding Lake Geneva, Swiss grapes make for light, easy-drinking wines that are rarely exported but probably should be. Take a tour of the best vineyards around Lake Geneva and find out about this under-appreciated wine region.
Nourishment of the senses is what comes to mind when I think of Lavaux Passion. Unlike a typical wine event, which is mainly focused on tasting, socializing and a bit of flirting, it is an event with a sumptuous smorgasbord of workshops, culture, lectures, guided visits and cruises amidst the wine.
Christine Austin hits the high road in the Alps as she sets in search of Switzerland’s best wines. Most of the time, when I am travelling overseas, I have to explain where Yorkshire is, but not in Switzerland. Everyone in the Swiss wine business knows about Yorkshire – or at least about the company that is the major importer of their wines.
Imagine a wine region folded into a series of magnificently steep hillsides set along a crystal clear alpine lake. Now toss in sweeping views of the Alps, an assortment of medieval villages, and 20 miles of walking paths threaded through the vineyards and you have Lavaux Switzerland. I’ve spent decades exploring wine regions and Lavaux is far and away the most charming destination I’ve experienced, ever.
At Schloss Sihlberg in Zurich on August 28, Swiss Wine and the Gault&Millau have unveiled the icons, the best wine menu, the two revelations of the year and the Top 100 best winemakers of Switzerland, 2017 edition. For the fourth consecutive year, the two organizations are staging Swiss wines to create lasting links between the Gastronomy and Swiss wines.
In June 2007, following the first Grand Prix du Vin Suisse tasting, organised by Vinum and Vinea in Sierre, I was frustrated. The last day, we tasted two very distinct wines, a typical Räuschling from the canton of Zurich, which received only 83 points in my tasting group dominated by French speaking contributors. Meanwhile an almost oily Johanisberg with low acidity was granted a golden certificate.
One bright October afternoon two days before harvest, Swiss winemaker Blaise Duboux chucked a fallen quince over the iron fence girding his terrace and into the sloping vineyard next door. It should have easily rolled 600 precipitous feet down to shimmering Lake Geneva, plied by stately steamers and backdropped by the snowcapped French Alps across the water. But some 40 levels of terraces staircase the hillside, intervening.