L’Oenothèque @Chateau de Villa – The Place to Be in Sierre

If you’re interested in the wines of the Valais you need to get yourself down asap to the Oenothèque of the Chateau de Villa in Sierre, in the heart of Switzerland’s largest and most rewarding winegrowing region

Vin Jaune & Company – Exploring the Jura

[*a version of this article appears in the February 2015 issue of Decanter.] If you’d asked anyone about France’s Jura region and its wines a couple of decades ago, chances are you’d have received a blank stare. A few enlightened souls might have muttered something about vin jaune, or dredged up memories of faded signs… Continue reading Vin Jaune & Company – Exploring the Jura

Vacherin Mont d’Or – an Autumn Treat

Autumn signals open season for one of the greatest cheeses known to woman: a wondrous, washed-rind, cow’s milk cheese that comes on the market every September, made in small dairies in the Jura mountains, on both the Swiss and French sides of the border.

Take a Winter Dip…into a Swiss Cheese Fondue

Food writer and columnist Hattie Ellis (who btw also wrote a delicious book on honey) recently came to a presentation I did on Swiss cheese, together with Rachael Sills of KaseSwiss and Joelle Nebbe-Mornod of Alpine Wines. Now she’s written a lovely piece (The Field, Hattie Ellis) in this month’s issue of The Field all… Continue reading Take a Winter Dip…into a Swiss Cheese Fondue