Chasselas: a great 2013 vintage, but a disastrous year

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Republished from LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The weather catastrophes in 2013 left a strong mark on canton Vaud’s vineyards, and now we have the statistics from the canton to prove it. Only 21 million litres of wine were made, a 28 percent drop compared to the average for the previous 10 years, and the lowest […]

Fish might feel pain: Swiss ethics body rules


BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss federal ethics commission, an independent group of experts, has issued a report with guidelines for treating fish, after studying recent research into whether or not fish feel pain. The evidence they do is not conclusive, says the group – but neither can the possibility be ruled out. As a result, […]

Weekend weather, what’s on

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – November is truly upon us, with gray skies and rain, chilly but not yet cold temperatures: 6-10C, dipping to 4C Monday in the Lake Geneva area. Pre-holiday season indoor activities are building up and skating rinks are starting to open. Things happening this weekend include the Holy Trinity Christmas fair in Geneva […]

Weekend in Lake Geneva region

Montreux and Lake Geneva Friday morning 31 October

Weather forecast, mostly sunny, 4-16C GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – We’re straddling that fine line between the seasons, with warm sunny days. Golden-red leaves are still holding onto the trees and vines – but one rain or puff of strong wind and we’ll be saying winter has arrived. So don’t be surprised that the first weekend suggestion […]

Reading roundup

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Links to a mixed bag of information, news and reflective writing during this vacation week: High winds and Ebola A5 Yverdon-Neuchatel closed due to objects on the road and Saas Fee registered 185 kph as the tail end of Britain’s Gonzalo hurricane whipped the northern Alps with high winds. RTS report Swiss […]

Gault & Millau awards, bounty of Swiss goodness

Chef of the Year 2015, Peter Knogl

Reposted from Ellen’s Wine World BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Basel has the latest addition to Switzerland’s extraordinary collection of fine wine and food locations, with chef Peter Knogl named by Gault & Millau as its Swiss Chef of the Year 2015 at awards Tuesday 7 October in Basel. Knogl heads the kitchen team at the riverfront […]

World’s largest pumpkin is Swiss

3 top places in the Swiss Pumpkin Weigh-off 2014 (photo, copyright 2014 Nicolas Zonvi)

Winner of largest Swiss pumpkin Sunday, 2nd award in 1 week ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The world’s largest pumpkin is a record-setting 953.5 kilos and it comes from canton Zurich. The new official heavyweight was named Sunday 5 October 2014 when a pumpkin from the Jucker farm in Zurich became the largest in the national Swiss […]

Weekend weather: perfect for tasting food, wine

Mushrooms, fruit - Wednesday morning market in Morges

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A perfect weekend for wandering in and out of the many food and wine events throughout the country: 18-28 September is Switzerland’s Semaine du goût (La settimana del gusto, Die Genussswoche) 2014. You’ll find an explanation and list of recommendations on Ellen’s Wine World, where you can also read about concerns over […]

Busy weekend includes book signing


Dear visitors, I’ll post a bit more news tonight and information about upcoming events, but that’s then it until Monday, with a busy wine weekend ahead of me. The launch of my book, Vineglorious! Switzerland’s Wondrous Wines, will be Saturday 6 September from 16:00 to 18:00 at the Vinea wine fair in Sierre, a major […]

Swiss national wine competition: top wines named

Grapes changing colour this week in Sierre, Rouvinez Vins

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The 72 finalists for the top awards at the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse (GPVS), the national wine awards have been announced. Wineries compete for six top slots in 12 wine categories, plus the title of Winery of the Year. The winners were named out of a field of 2,800 wines submitted […]