Le Salon de la Petite Arvine 2017

Association Fully Grand Cru tasting at the Hotel Beau-Rivage in Geneva. This batch of new, or soon-to-be released, petite arvines come from the small village of Fully which overlooks the western gateway to Valais. In last year’s write-up (here) I offered a short history of the grape and described the Fully terroir and its special place among […]

Four From La Cinquième Glorieuse: Martigny 2017

This annual event grew out of frustration and two canny wine lovers’ need for organization. Old friends and fellow amateurs, Nicolas Reuse and Christophe Roch, grew frustrated with the time they spent wandering the vineyards of Valais just to keep up with old contacts and new releases. Things became untenable—there were simply too many important visits […]

Swiss Wine: Make It Good and They Will Come

2017 is beginning to feel like a breakout year for Swiss wine. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate kicked things off in January (Issue 228) with a comprehensive tasting of Swiss wine, a friendly tip of the hat to our local pinot noir, a gala gathering of the clan at its Matter of Taste event in Zürich and an implied […]