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.
Skrei, the beautiful Norwegian Arctic cod, is back in season – and because the Norwegians have made a point of fishing it sustainably, you can eat it with a clear conscience
Another winter wine fest opens this weekend in the Jura to celebrate the new vintage of vin jaune
If you wanted to visit the annual Niagara Icewine festival, bad luck: you just missed it! Here’s an account of how it goes, to whet your appetite for next year…
A lightning late autumn visit to the Valais for a taste of some top drops from members of the Charte St-Théodule