UK, Swiss, Swedish retailers killing fewer tropical trees

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Some of the largest retailers in Britain, Sweden and Switzerland are leading the pack when it comes to saving tropical forests by using sustainable palm oil, according to a new survey by Gland-based environmental organization the WWF. Migros and Coop in Switzerland scored 9, the highest possible number on the Roundtable on […]

Mine Ban Monitor lauds progress but 12 states still produce, 3 laid new mines


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – There is some good  news on the landmine front, the “Landmine & Cluster Munitions Monitor 2011″ (full report online), issued 23 November reports, but it is dampened by news that three countries laid landmines this year, with two of them, Israel and Libya confirmed. Myanmar is the third suspect, and four non-state […]

Great harvest but market too tough, say Geneva wine producers


BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss wine producers have enjoyed the fruits of three excellent harvests in a row, with 2011 promising to make it four, but this doesn’t mean it’s easy to sell wine at a fair price, some argue. A group of 15 Geneva wine producers have banded together to start a Swiss national popular […]

Vaud wineries planning bigger, better Open Days for the weekend (update)


Update 10:00 (link to blog with tips for visiting) LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Wine-lovers will be spoiled three times over after this weekend, with canton Vaud holding what promises to be a major new annual event on the wine calendar. Saturday and Sunday 11-12 June are open days for wineries in Vaud, with 70 percent of […]

Petrol cost down, first import price fall in 4 months

Neuchatel, Switzerland ( – Producers’ prices and import prices in Switzerland fell by 0.4 percent in June, the first decline in four months. Year-to-year, prices were nevertheless 0.9 percent higher at the end of June. Lower prices for petrol and metal accounted for the fall registered by Switzerland’s statistical office.

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 […]

Top picks at Arvinis wine fair

What to expect and some of the great finds at Arvinis in Morges Notes on wines from California, Swiss top picks I spent a few hours Thursday at Arvinis and my first tip is this: do spit out the wine and do take along a bottle of water to keep yourself well hydrated if you’re […]

Wine investors: drinkers and investors won during the financial crisis

There are two types of wine investors: those who buy wines they want to explore, and who set them aside for later when the sensory value will have increased, and those who buy, gambling that the price will rise neatly. The investors will either sell it or open the bottle when it is time to […]

Book and wine club for Swiss French wines

Alexandre Truffer, a young and excellent Swiss wine writer, is coming out with a book on the best wines from French-speaking Switzerland that will be available in bookstores 22 March – I’ll be carrying a review of Vins de suisse romande here next week, as I’m keen to see which are his favourites, but more […]

Swiss women helping build int’l wine group

The role of women in wine-making continues to grow as women become oenologists and run vineyards in ever larger numbers in most wine-making countries. The shift has natural roots in family wineries, where women have always played a role, as well as in the growing tendency for women to be the main buyers of wine. […]