Morges wine fair, Arvinis, opens Swiss wine season

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Arvinis opens officially Wednesday evening 17 April in Morges, the unofficial start to the wine-tasting season in Switzerland. The fair, held at the CFF Halle next to the train station in Morges, attracts some 20,000 people every year during its five-day run. Visitors pay CHF35 for a glass that they carry around […]

Sleuthing a Flaesch Pinot’s 91 points from Parker

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Here’s the news: Pinot Noir ’09 from Gantenbein winery in canton Graubuenden was given a note of 91 by Robert Parker wine reviewer Neal Martin. This comes on the heels of four Swiss wines mentioned recently by another Parker reviewer, David Schildknecht. The information was bundled into a press release from Swiss […]

Regional travel & wine: Switzerland’s surprising wines

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Torches light the lovely 15th-century cobblestone courtyard, once a two- or three-hour carriage ride from Geneva. A hum of voices carries from an open cellar door where soft candlelight offers a glimpse of amphoras and barrels. Upstairs, in a renovated area of the old Grand’Cour château, Jean-Pierre Pellegrin describes what makes his […]

Parker team wakes up to Swiss wines (update)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Those of us who know Swiss wines knew the day would come when the Robert Parkers of the world would discover Helvetia’s rich and varied collection of wines; that day has arrived. Swiss wine researcher and author José Vouillamoz in 2011 invited David Schildknecht, a member of Parker’s wine reviewing team and […]

Best Swiss wines, national competition finalists named

Click on images to view larger GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Grand Prix du Vin Suisse (GPVS) finalist wines, 72 of them, were announced 22 August by Vinea, the Sierre-based organization that organizes the national wines competition. The GPVS judging took place in June, when 3,000 wines from 600 producers were assessed in blind tastings during […]

Note to readers: Vinea primer; back to work

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss wine fans will have noticed a slowdown in my writing in recent weeks; a broken toe and wrenched knee took their toll on my time, but I’m now back to work. You will find, starting 16 August, a series of short articles that will give you the basics of Swiss wines, […]

Praise for Vaud’s Premiers Grands Crus

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – I have nothing but praise for Vaud’s 11 new Premiers Grands Crus collection, the first in what promises to be a growing list of some of Switzreland’s finest wines. They were presented to the world Tuesday evening in Lausanne, first to the press, then in the more formal setting of the canton’s […]

Nutshell guide to visiting Arvinis

MORGES, SWITZERLAND – A couple people have said what they would really like are some suggestions about how to visit Arvinis and a) not end up drunk and b) learn something about wine c) while enjoying themselves. The problem with any wine fair is that it’s daunting, especially if you’re not familiar with many of […]

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 […]

Ten lovely Swiss Syrahs among winners in France

Ten Swiss Syrah wines have brought home awards from the Mondial du Syrah in Ampuis, France 2-4 June. They were among the 130 prize-winning wines, with 37 golds and 93 silvers. The one gold award went to Vins des Chevaliers SA for its barrel-aged Valais AOC Syrah 2008 (Patrick Z’Brun). Silver medal winners: barrel-aged Valais […]