Wines selected for introduction to wine tasting Friday night, Arvinis

Prize offered to best “student” at tonght’s introduction to wine tasting class! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – I’ve lined up the six beautiful wines plus one to help us get started for tonight’s “Introduction to wine tasting” class in English at 18:00 at Arvinis in Morges. The class is one hour long and will give you the […]

Weekend weather forecast, what’s on in Lake Geneva region


Super auctions, major winefair, film festival and Basel zoo babies GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Soggy and chilly it is this weekend in Switzerland (spirit-dampening details from MeteoSwiss – check out the charts), but there are plenty of great activities on. Top picks: Wine in Morges Arvinis wine fair opened Wednesday evening and runs until late Monday […]

Nyon goes red, Versoix blue

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Lake Geneva region towns are blushing with colour this spring. Versoix is turning floral blue: the town Tuesday 16 April told its residents they can pick up free seed packets of blue and white flowers, asking them to plant them widely and to add floweres in one more complementary colour. Nyon is […]

Reminder: Arvinis “introduction to wine-tasting” Friday night

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A reminder that this is your chance to learn the basics of tasting wine, in English, combined with a visit to the Arvinis wine fair Friday night. I’ll be running the introduction to wine-tasting session at the Arvinis wine fair. We’ll taste five Swiss wines and one from Lebanon, whose producers are […]

Weekend, spring slipping in the door

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Weather in the region will start to feel more springlike this weekend, with the heavy showers and thunderstorms of late Thursday giving way to sunshine. Friday’s sharp blue skies around Lake Geneva are a bonus, as the national weather service, MeteoSwiss, announced rain gradually giving way to sunshine late Friday and Saturday. […]

Call it Easter or spring, but celebrate: it’s a Swiss long holiday weekend!


Weather outlook for 29 March-1 April: some are calling it an April Fool’s joke Don’t forget to change your clocks GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – First, the weather, mostly lousy, with occasional sunshine and unseasonably low temperatures. Throughout Switzerland, from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April, the weather forecast is for rain or snow every day, […]

Arvinis opens to English-speaking wine fans this year

Morges, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Arvinis has made overtures to English-speaking winelovers in the past, but this is the year when the region’s major wine event, one of the largest in the country, opens its doors wide to the local international population. The web site is now in English and the special events include a Sunday […]

Agenda: the season for tasting new wines is upon us

Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Put these dates on your wine-tasting calendar, with 2010 whites freshly bottled in Switzerland: Whet your appetite as the tasting season opens by learning more about Chasselas, aka fendant in canton Valais: the Wine museum in Sierre, canton Valais, has a wonderful lecture series and 7 April you have a chance […]

Putting your wine in the vault in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Filip Opdebeeck was struggling three years ago to convince people that his idea of renting out space to store wine in a former bank vault on the Rue du Rhone in Geneva would work. He was certain the city holds enough people living in apartments without decent wine storage space, who […]

Manage your Arvinis visit: winery tweets (update)

Update 21:30 I’ve started tweeting wineries + 1 type of wine for each, some of my top picks among the Swiss wines at Arvinis, in addition to the California and selected Swiss tasting notes I’ve already posted here. It’s always hard to decide which ones are worth a stop and once there, what wines to […]