Swiss Wine Regions

Wine Tasting

Round

Describes a texture that is well balanced with agreeable qualities of fullness (body) without other characters in excess.

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Palate

A tasting term for the feel and taste of a wine in the mouth.

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Peppery

A not entirely unpleasant characteristic reminiscent of black pepper sometimes found in young red wines (especially Shiraz) and ports.

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Oenophile

A wine aficionado or connoisseur.

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The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Sylvaner

Originally from the Danube basin, Sylvaner is widely planted in well-exposed locations in Valais where it ripens later than Chasselas, producing wines with good body, bouquet and acidity. It is also used, although rarely, for late harvest wine.

Blatina

A red wine grape of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Aligot

Originates from Burgundy and spread through France. Originally called “Plant du Rhin” when it was brought to Geneva in the early 1900’s, and is now something of a specialty in Geneva. It was also introduced into Valais as an alternative to Johannisberg, but it didn’t fare so well and today survives in only a few small areas in Unterwallis.

Water for oxen, wine for kings.

Spanish Proverb

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

Fine Swiss Wine

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