Mémoire des Vins Suisses

Way back in the 90s when I contributed the ‘chapter’ on Swiss wines in Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Guide (all of two pocket-sized pages), I noted that “most Swiss wines are drunk young”, and that “almost all good growers sell out their entire production within about 6 months of bottling”. I also observed that “the… Continue reading Mémoire des Vins Suisses

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

There’s Life Beyond Skiing in the Valais

If your thrills when holidaying in Switzerland’s southernmost region have so far been limited to black runs down to Verbier or Zermatt, and the only Valaisan wine to have passed your lips is a jug of après-ski Fendant (shame on you), it’s time to get ready for a different kind of white-knuckle ride.