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Fault

An unpleasant characteristic of wine resulting from a flaw with the winemaking process or storage conditions.

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Elegant

Describes wines that are graceful, well balanced and usually light-bodied.

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Extra dry

A Champagne or sparkling wine with a small amount of residual sugar (slightly sweet). Not as dry as Brut.

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Doux

The French word for sweet. Usually refers to the sweetest category of sparkling wines.

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The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Weisser Burgunder

See: Pinot Blanc

Amigne

Amigne was brought to Switzerland by the Romans. This grape can also produce a Sauternes-like late harvest wine. These wines are ready to drink in two to three years, but some can be aged.

Goron de Bovernier

Goron de Bovernier is a red grape, which according to José Vouillamoz is probably a natural hybrid of Cornalin du Valais and an unknown variety. The grape gets its name from the municipality of Bovernier, in Valais. Small quantities are still found in lower Valais.

Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That's all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and sigh.

William Butler Yeats

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

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