The Fête des Vignerons, held approximately every twenty-five years in Vevey, is a festival of superlatives, providing a convincing riposte to those who claim that the Swiss don’t know how to party. And the next Fête? It opens tomorrow, 18th July, on the market square in Vevey and will continue with daily performances till 11th… Continue reading La Fête des Vignerons – Switzerland’s Greatest Wine Party
Call me a wine snob, but mostly my heart sinks when an estate lists “wine tourism” as part of their offer. I have visions of chugging around the vineyards in a toy train, headphones clapped tightly to my ears while I fiddle frantically with the audioguide in search of the right language and listen with… Continue reading Picnic at Terra Remota
I was reminded of the wines of Südtirol (aka Alto Adige) when a kind friend visited recently bearing a delicious bottle of Chardonnay from the Castelfeder winery. Here’s a piece I penned some while back on these wines, following a tasting in Basel…
if life gives you marrows instead of courgettes, make galettes
My latest book on Swiss wines – Number Ten in my collection – is just out. For an introduction to Switzerland’s secret wine culture, there’s no better place to start
In the majestic beech woods that surround our place in Alsace, swathes of brilliant green, spear-shaped leaves are once more poking their heads up through the carpets of leaf mold on the forest floor. Wild garlic (also known as ramps, ramsons or bear garlic) is back in season again. It catches me off guard every… Continue reading Green is Beautiful: Wild Garlic is Back!
There’s a kind of hush over the vineyards of Alsace in the still chill depths of these spring months. Lone viticulteurs move quietly between the rows of dormant vines, snipping away last summer’s spindly growth, restoring order and symmetry with an eye to next year’s crop. All is quiet – well, not quite all.