More on Swiss wines: the Valais region

Last week I wrote a kind of general introduction to Swiss wine, of which here is the address if you want to check it out: https://les5duvin.wordpress.com/2019/05/20/swiss-wine-not-all-mountains-but-all-drunk-in-switzerland/ This week I will be focusing on just one of the three major wine regions of Switzerland, the Valais (the purple patch on the above map of Switzerland), some …

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Swiss wine: not all mountains but all drunk in Switzerland

So what comes to your mind when you think of Switzerland? Mountains and ski-resorts, watches, cows, cheese, chocolate, banks maybe? Some or all of these for sure, but probably not wine. Not surprising, since you'll have to hunt hard to find a bottle outside of this smallish but generally well-heeled and peace-loving country (less than …

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Fitou and Picpoul: a red and white couple from the Languedoc

On the evening before the recent international (well, slightly international as most of the producers there were French) wine fair held in Paris and called Wine Paris, of which this was the inaugural edition, I went to a tasting organised by two Languedoc appellations, one devoted to red wines, and the other to white wines. …

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Friuli: the north eastern limits of Italy

I was recently in Udine, which is the wine capital of this region at the north-eastern tip of Italy whose full name is Friuli-Venezia-Giulia. As this is a bit of a mouthful, I will shorten it to Friuli. On the eastern extremity of the region, one is in an attractively hilly region that borders on …

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Quand le Primitivo nous surprend… encore

Le Primitivo des Pouilles, en l'occurrence, déjà mis en avant à plusieurs reprises dans ces pages... Mais qui, mais quoi ? La Cantine Polvanera est située à une vingtaine de minutes de la cité classée de Matera;  elle s’est spécialisée dans les vins issus du cépage Primitivo. C’est Filippo Cassano qui en a fait le choix. Pour …

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Good cooperative wineries (2): Les Vignerons du Brulhois, South-West France

General map of France's southwestern appellations to show the position of the small Brulhois appellation concerned by this article. Following my first article 2 weeks ago, this second article in what will be an intermittant series dedicated to good cooperatives in France concerns a small cooperative winery near the Garonne river in south-west France. Brulhois …

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Syrah, son origine, fake ou vérité ?

Au symposium qui s’est déroulé au musée gallo-romain de Saint-Romain-en-Gal-Vienne, à la mi-janvier dernier, on nous en a raconté de bien belles… Si on résume, le ‘noble’ cépage de la Vallée du Rhône nord, qui a bien essaimé depuis sa naissance, serait issu de la Mondeuse blanche et du Dureza. Adieu l’extraordinaire La belle légende …

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