Archive for the Switzerland Category

Charles Bonvin Pinot Noir Terra Cotta 2010, AOC Valais, Switzerland

At the autumn 2012 Swiss Wine event in Montreal, Pinot Noirs were essentially ubiquitous at every winemaker's stand, the 2010 Charles Bonvin Pinot Noir Terra Cotta was in my opinion a standout offering from that finicky varietal. I was struck by the simple and unwooded Swiss approach to the grape that is now grown all over the world. With too much of the world trying to monster vinify the tricky grape into a Cabernet Sauvignon, I found myself tasting wine that was fresh and natural on both the nose Read more [...]

Philippe Varone Heida, Sion, Valais, Switzerland

Another Swiss grape comes to light here in Philippe Varone's Heida. This dry white seems to be right at home for enjoyment in the fall season. Not so much a fish and salad partner as much as it would line up comfortably a ham and cheese sandwich warmed up on a panini grill. Just make sure that's with Swiss Cheese.   Nose: this wine has an energetic burst starting with something you would expect from a white; flowers and citrus – but then it surprises you with hazelnut. Original + good. Read more [...]

Philippe Varone Petite Arvine, Sion, Valais, Switzerland

I am happy to present a second wine and music match for a Petite Arvine in my Swiss initiation. This one was a music match that came spontaneously, and the wine is very enjoyable. I hope you enjoy the music as well!   One theme I picked up from trying about a dozen Petite Arvine offerings is deep round flavour and wispy floral fruity notes. I usually describe the wine then present a musical match, but let me get you in the mood with the music an let you read on about this Philippe Varone Read more [...]

Charles Bonvin Petite Arvine Noble Cépage 2011, AOC Valais, Switzerland

Gold Record Alert! The 2011 Charles Bonvin Petite Arvine Noble Cépage is step two in my initiation to Swiss wine. With a name like Bonvin (Good wine) I submit that this wine outshines the humble nature of it's founder's name. If you are as uninitiated as I was about Swiss wine, you will be interested to know that the AOC region of Valais, from where this wine comes from is the mountainous region of which the Rhône river originates... then flows into neighbouring France where the famed Rhône Valley Read more [...]

Doral Cave de la Côte – Uvavins, Vaud, La Côte AOC, Switzerland

Doral, is a hybrid grape developed as a cross between two Swiss standard white wine grapes Chardonnay and Chasselas. I was happy to have answered an honest “no” when the rep from Cave de la Côte – Uvavins asked me if I was familiar with with Doral. She offered a brief history of the grape and which concluded that the climate and geogrpaphy at her vineyard were well aligned with the needs of this newish grape. She assured me that I was not the only person out there to not know about it.   So Read more [...]

Swiss Wine, My Introduction

The Swiss have been making and consuming wine since the dawn of wine-time, but you would be hard pressed to find a Swiss wine on any wine list from a restaurant that doesn't have waiters in lederhosen or specialize in cheese fondue. Swiss whites are born of grapes like Chasselas, Sylvaner, Petite Arvine and of course that little known grape... Chardonnay. Reds are more familiar, Pinot Noir and Gamay even some Merlot grow alongside local specialties like Humagne Rouge and Cornalin.   I Read more [...]
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