The author of this book needs no introduction in Switzerland or to readers of Jancisrobinson.com. As a co-author of ‘Wine Grapes’, a world authority on grape genetics and native of Switzerland, Dr Vouillamoz is the only person who could possibly have written this book. The English version was copy-edited by Ellen Wallace.
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.
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.
Swiss wines and Pataclette® (a contraction of potato and raclette) to seduce British sommeliers and buyers at the 5th annual Swiss wine promotional event in London.
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.
Both wine amateurs and wine professionals consider Decanter to be one of the leading publications in the world of wine. For the past 16 years it has run the largest of all global wine competitions: The Decanter World Wine Awards, which received over 16,500 entries this year.
The Swiss-developed Divico grape could be help drive UK production of “quality red wine”, according to viticultural scientists in Kent.
I love Swiss wine and have long rued that almost all of it is drunk by thirsty locals. So the best way to get to know these delectable bottles is to head to the source and base oneself in Lausanne.
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.