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Academie du Vin, Zurich

Academie du Vin

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Mémoire & Friends

The Swiss Association for the wine, Mémoire des Vins Suisses, brings together representatives of numerous winegrowers' associations and leading producers from around Switzerland. So, along with some seminars, you’ll have the chance to meet some of the leading producers of Swiss wine from the regions of Valais, Vaud, Geneva, Three Lakes Region, German-speaking Switzerland and Ticino

August 29, 2011 (All day)
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Kongresshaus Zürich, Zurich

Kongresshaus Zürich is on of the main convention centers of Zurich, Switzerland.

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Masters of Food & Wine Zurich – Park Hyatt Zurich

I don’t think calling the Masters of Food & Wine Zurich a Culinary Retreat would be too wide off the mark. Certainly at the luxurious end of the Swiss wine event spectrum, this long weekend organized by Frank Widmer (executive chef at Park Hyatt Zurich) and the Junge Schweiz – Neue Winzer (Young Switzerland – New Wine Makers) should highlight what Switzerland has always excelled at, good food, fine wine and hospitality.
The Masters of Food and Wine Package is CHF 3’580 per person.

September 27, 2011 (All day)
September 30, 2011 (All day)
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The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Rèze

Rèze is an extremely rare white variety found only in Valais. Not often produced as a varietal, Rèze is blended with other Vieux Plants of Valais. Rèze was also used to make the historic “vin des glaciers”, an amber colored wine produced in Val d’Anniviers using the solera technique.

No longer done today, one method in the past was to store Rèze in larch wood barrels, which gave the wine resinous flavor similar to the Greek Retsina, and masking some grape flavor.

Sylvaner

Originally from the Danube basin, Sylvaner is widely planted in well-exposed locations in Valais where it ripens later than Chasselas, producing wines with good body, bouquet and acidity. It is also used, although rarely, for late harvest wine.

Freisamer

The Freisamer plays more of a role in Graubünden but has a small presence in a few other cantons. It’s a hybrid of Silvaner x Pinot gris, developed in Freiburg in the Breisgau region. A temperamental grape that puts great demands on the type of soil and location—do I hear you say “terroir”?—it’s been trying to make a name for itself since the sixties but hasn’t really taken off.

Cabernet will rape you and pinot noir seduces you. ... Cabernet will throw you down and rip your clothes off, and pinot noir subtly convinces you to take them off yourself.

Old French Saying

Swiss Alps, cows, wine bottle and large clock face in Bern, Switzerland

Fine Swiss Wine

Discover Switzerland’s odd grapes, small producers, and eclectic tastes