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Swiss Winners at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020

Decanter, one of the leading publications in the world of wine, has just announced the results of the 17th annual edition of The Decanter World Wine Awards. Over 16,500 wines from 56 countries entered the competition which was judged by 116 wine experts, including 37 Masters of Wine and nine Master Sommeliers.

This year’s smaller than usual judging panel was a function of strict Covid safety guidelines, such as temperature checks on arrival, protective equipment, disposable spittoons and vibrating proximity tags.

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Swiss wines tasting on line for sommeliers in London

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.

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Swiss Wines at home and abroad

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.

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Switzerland Is The Next Hot Wine Destination You Need To Visit

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.

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Swiss Wine Sensations

Switzerland is much more than mountains, chocolates and watches. It’s wine too. Very good wine. But to try, you need to visit the country as little leaves its borders: just 2 per cent of all Swiss wine is exported. 

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