It isn’t just the evocative photos of grapes and glinting glasses of wine that illustrate Ellen Wallace’s delightful celebration of the world of contemporary Swiss wines.
It’s the rich text that takes you into the Swiss landscape, into vineyards and wine-tastings and gleans astonishing information from dusty wine cellars, from art, from history, so much that you have to stop reading to pour yourself a glass of Chasselas.
Chasselas! I love it and I love Valaisan Fendant too, but what do I learn? They are the same thing, with the Valaisan wine taking its name from the French word fendre, to split, because the berries split instead of spurting when pressed between the fingers. I learn something like this on every page – when I can draw may eyes away from the photos of mountains, glaciers, and even a bottle of Meiler 1895! That’s the … No, you must obtain this fabulous volume for yourself (or for any wine-loving friend for Christmas; I can’t think of a better present).
The Swiss grape varieties of the six wine regions, with descriptions, appear in the margins, in alphabetical order and for me that makes this an invaluable work of reference.
The author is a journalist who specialises in Swiss wines and is a judge at world wine competitions and does she know her subject!