Swiss Wine Regions

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Sharp

Acid taste on the palate. Not necessarily unpleasant smoky flavour and aromatic complexity. Usually a by-product of fired (toasted) oak barrels.

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Soft

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

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Sangria

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

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Sec

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

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The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Bondola

An indigenous and ancient red grape from Ticino, Bondola has slightly higher acidity and lower alcohol, and produces a good simple table wine, often called Nostrano.

Bernarda

An old vine, but you won’t find it for sale anymore. However it’s being experimented with by Jean Nicollier (I’m searching for more references). The Bernarda is a Prié blanc from the Val d’Aosta that may have come into Switzerland over the St. Bernhard pass, and hence the name.

Garanoir

A new variety (Gamay x Reichensteiner), developed in 1970 at Pully (Vaud), Garanoir ripens early. Can give interesting blends with Gamay, Gamaret or sometimes Pinot Noir.

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Medieval German Saying

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

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