Swiss Wine Regions

Wine Tasting

Soft

Describes a wine with a mild tannin or acid sensation with no harshness on the palate or in the aftertaste.

Tags:

Sommelier

A trained wine expert that often works in fine restaurants.

Tags:

Sangria

A tart punch made from red wine along with orange, lemon and apricot juice with added sugar.

Tags:

Sec

French for dry, except in the case of Champagne, where it means semi-sweet.

Tags:

The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Pinot Gris

Called Malvoisie in Valais, this grape has nothing to do with any of the Malvoisie varieties of the Muscat family and is another of the mutations of Pinot Noir. A vine grown in many of the Swiss areas, in Valais, Pinot Gris produces a fine sweet late harvest wine with honey overtones.

Müller-Thurgau

Developed in Germany by Prof. Müller (from Thurgau), this early maturing white grape variety is one of the principal white grapes cultivated in German-speaking Switzerland. Produces elegant, aromatic wines when grown in cool temperate climates. In warmer locations these qualities tend to be masked by a certain heaviness and lack of acidity.

Gwäss

Gwäss is the German-ized name of Gouais Blanc.

Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep well and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.

Medieval German 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