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 […]

Lavaux boosts public transport for tourists (update)


LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Lavaux and its vineyards are getting a tourism boost in the form of a new day pass (carte journalière) that allows visitors to use several different trains, buses and funicular cars freely throughout the day and to reach all the area’s tourism sites via train. Update: See original article, below link and […]

Wine producer Giroud, Secret Service agent arrested (update)

Giroud Vins label

Ongoing fraud scandal adds data theft dimension GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD -Update, Friday 13 June: Geneva’s public prosecutor said this afternoon that three of those detained will be held, including Dominique Giroud, will be jailed until 14 July while the fourth person, the secret service agent who appears to be involved, will be held […]

Hot chocolate, wine hike and book break

Hot chocolate in the making, with fresh peppermint

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – I’ll be posting news here just occasionally for the next 10 days as I take a holiday break, using the back-to-back long weekends (Ascension now, Pentecost/Whit next). It’s a working holiday, with a book to finish and get to the printer: pub date is mid-August! Meanwhile, here are a […]

WHO pushes for policies to cut alcohol abuse

Switzerland, alcohol consumption, public health problems and policies 2012 (source: WHO)

Re-published from Ellen’s Wine World GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “Worldwide, 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to harmful use of alcohol,” says the World Health Organization (WHO). The Geneva-based organization 12 May published the “Global status report on alcohol and health 2014″. The new report provides country profiles for alcohol consumption and problems such as […]

RTS banned from reporting on winery scandal

Giroud Vins label

Re-posted from Ellen’s Wine World Astonishing gag order “extremely rare” but will be respected: RTS GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss public television RTS was on the verge of running two news reports Monday evening on unfolding Giroud Vins legal problems when, in a move that RTS describes as “extremely rare”, a Sion court in canton Valais […]