Cava – Taking A Fresh Look at Spain’s Sparkler

Time was when cava seemed condemned to live in champagne’s shadow. Frequently described as Spain’s answer to France’s famous bubbly (faint praise can be so damning), cava was perceived – sometimes even marketed — as a cheap alternative to champagne, a sort of generic, wannabe sparkler. But things have changed. Cava – at least as… Continue reading Cava – Taking A Fresh Look at Spain’s Sparkler

Pique-Nique chez le Vigneron, Whit Weekend

In many of France’s wine-growing regions, Whit Weekend (Pentecote in French, Pfingsten in German) is the moment when many of the smaller, independent wine growers sweep out courtyards and cellars, dust off trestle tables and benches and throw open the gates to the public. It’s time for the annual Pique-Nique chez le Vigneron. Loads of… Continue reading Pique-Nique chez le Vigneron, Whit Weekend

The Trials & Tribulations of Ziereisen Wines

There’s only one thing wrong with Hanspeter Ziereisen’s wines: there’s just not enough of’em. After another delightful visit to the winery in Efringen-Kirchen (Baden, Germany) this week, we came away in high spirits – Hanspeter and Edeltraud are relaxed and generous hosts and tastings there are always a blast – but with the tiniest tinge… Continue reading The Trials & Tribulations of Ziereisen Wines

tibits cookbook – now in English

If you check in here occasionally, you’ll know I have a soft spot for tibits, the upmarket fast-food veggie restaurant with branches in Zurich, Bern, Winterthur and Basel, plus one in London. Probably you also know – maybe you already own – their cookbook tibits at home, up until now published only in German by AT… Continue reading tibits cookbook – now in English

Bärlauch is Back

Wild garlic is back in season. It catches me off guard every spring. Just a month ago there was no sign of it. In another month or so it will retreat beneath the ground, not to be seen again till next year. I rejoice at its reappearance, grab my basket, don my boots and set… Continue reading Bärlauch is Back