Swiss Wine Regions

Wine Tasting

Off-dry

A wine that has the barest hint of sweetness; a slightly sweet wine in which the residual sugar is barely perceptible.

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Oxidation

Exposure to oxygen causes wine to go brown and flat. Oxidation creates bitterness and destroys flavour.

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Nose

A tasting term for the aroma or bouquet of a wine.

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Midpalate

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

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The Wine Grapes of Switzerland

Mondeuse

An old red grape variety well known in neighboring Savoie, Mondeuse is a rarity found in scattered plots in Chablais (Vaud).

Vieux Muscat du Pays

A very old small berry Valais grape, difficult to cultivate. It is an aromatic specialty limited almost exclusively to Valais. Some clone or mutation of the Muscat is grown on almost every continent.

Altesse

More appreciated on its home turf between Lyon and Lake Geneva, it thrives in Valais

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Francis Beeding

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

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