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Flabby

Tasting term used to indicate a wine lacking in structure, often marked by low acidity.

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Flinty

Term usually applied to austere, dry and crisp whites.

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Flowery

An attractive scent reminiscent of flowers. Floral and fragrant are similar descriptors often applied to young, fresh white wines.

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Foxy

A tasting term for the musty odor and flavor of wines made from Vitis labrusca grapes native to North America.

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The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Blatina

A red wine grape of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Heida

From France’s Franche-Compté region, Heida is a rarity that is grown in the high vineyards of Visperterminen (Upper Valais) with the help of the warm Foehn winds. Probably brought into Valais by the Ligurians during their retreat into the mountains.

Johannisberg

Second in white wines of Valais (after Fendant). The name Johannisberg is only used in Valais; the rest of French-speaking Switzerland call it Gros Rhin. The grape used to make Johannisberg is the Grüner Sylvaner. The origin of the grape is not clear. On the one hand it strongly resembles the Roman Apianisien (loved by bees) grape, as described by Pliny the Elder in his “Historia naturalis”, on the other hand, its more likely birthplace is in Romanian Transylvania.

Wine improves with age - I like it the older I get.

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

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