Swiss Wine Regions

Wine Tasting

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

Auxerrois blanc

A clone of the prolific Pinot Noir, Auxerrois blanc is a close cousin of Pinot blanc. It comes from the county of Auxerrois, and is best known from Alsace.

Syrah

A classic red grape variety transplanted from the Côtes-du-Rhône area, Syrah is still somewhat of a rarity here and is grown mainly in Valais and on well-exposed slopes. It produces a spicy, deeply colored, elegant tannic wine that ages well.

Completer

Completer is probably the same grape as Lafnetscha from Haut-Valais. It is a rare indigenous vine to the Gräubunden area. Used in the Valais and Grisons regions to make aromatic wine blends with some aging ability.

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King Edward VII

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

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