Mondial du Chasselas: Les Palmarès 2017

Whatever you call it—the Super Bowl of chasselas, the World Cup of fendant or the NBA Finals of gutedel—make no mistake, this is the Grand Daddy of them all: the Mondial du Chasselas. Sporting analogies are particularly apropos in this, the year of the upset. Never one to flinch at competition, I answered the call […]

 Plant Robert: A Tasting at the Cully Bazar

Even though it’s back from the brink, the grape variety known as Plant Robert remains endangered and little known. Absent a timely intervention it would have been lost decades ago to urban sprawl—in 1966 the last parcel in existence was condemned to make way for the A9 autoroute. Today its eight hectares are spread among […]

Chasselas Forever–A Film By Florian Burion

Chasselas Forever—Une Histoire de Cépage—A Film By Florian Burion (Octuor Films—2016) Filmmaker Florian Burion’s new documentary Chasselas Forever mashes-up the best elements of travelogue, National Geographic, the History Channel and a TV detective series into one beautifully and lovingly presented tribute. It turns out the mysterious grape chasselas is worthy of a starring role. What […]

Mondial du Chasselas: Les Palmarès 2016

Chasselas is about balance: Terroir, but not too much; Fruit, but not too much; Round and full, but not too much; Acidic, but not too much.—Stéphanie Delarze in Chasselas Forever The History While most of the world is content to eat chasselas out of hand the Swiss are hard at work transforming its golden-hued berries […]

Wine with Dinner: Randomly Chosen in May

Ready for Summer!! A little house-cleaning in May brought out these samples from the cellar. Don’t hesitate to search for and try the interesting French-American hybrid from Geneva and the stellar Mondeuse from Canton Vaud. Nothing like some juicy reds to finish off the month but first some white wines of note. Aligoté 2014, Domaine […]

MDVS 2016: Part 2 – Red Wine

Part Two of my tasting at the MDVS event staged at Geneva’s newly restored Hôtel Beau-Rivage focuses on red wine. Once again I did not taste everything but can recommend these as being among the best wines of the day. Cabernet and Blends Domaine Grand’Cour (Satigny, Geneva): This ambitious winery draws a lot of inspiration […]

Profile: Luc Massy (Epesses, Lavaux, Vaud)

  Luc Massy is one of the leading lights in the Swiss wine community. He is revered both as an ambassador for chasselas and as the soft-spoken force behind one of its most iconic brands. His tireless efforts have positioned Luc Massy, the enterprise—and its medieval-inspired label Chemin de Fer—as one of the few recognizably […]