Blog - wine events
Ciao…My name is Teroldego. I am a red grape variety from northern Italy – just a bit north of Trento from the plateau named Teroldego Rotaliano. This is the only place I like to grow. My home is between very steep rock walls, two nice rivers and a warm climate with cooling alpine winds blowing down on me.
I am also the very first D.O.C. wine from this region…and naturally I am very well respected amongst all Italian wines.
I came to Zürich last week with a few of my red and white colleagues from Trentino. We stayed at the noble Dolder Grand Hotel…nice place, and presented ourselves in their new ballroom to numerous wine tasters, pros and some wine freaks. You would not believe some of the wine taster’s palates we ended up in – vero! But, I had a good time, and I am sure I left quite an impression with many tasters who have never experienced my charm.
I have an intense deep ruby color with an almost black core…it is the first thing people notice about me. I also have an intense and immensely fruity aroma. It is like…black cherry jam with maybe a hint of some raspberries. I am also quite spicy and some even say, I have the smell of black licorice. Sometimes I spend several months of wellness inside a small oak barrel, and I come away smelling like vanilla and toasted wood. This gives me an attractive complexity…no? read more
Suuser festivals celebrate the first product from this year’s grape harvest!
Suuser is partially fermented grape juice, and it is the first chance to grab a taste of this year’s harvest.
Suuser – or also referred to as sauser – is fruity and sweet, with a refreshing acidity and appealing fizz. It is mostly foggy in appearance, but don’t let that put you off. The cloudy look is simply the result of the juice not being filtered before its bottled.
The best suuser is sold unpasteurized, which means the juice is still in active fermentation mode. This explains why the bottles are merely covered and not completely closed. During the fermentation process, yeasts produce carbon dioxide gases, which must somehow escape the confines of a bottle. If the bottle was completely closed, then the pressure from the mounting gasses would eventually cause a rather devastating explosion. Needless to say, it is best to use a bit of caution when keeping your suuser in the refrigerator – make sure to keep the top loosely covered!
The first suuser makes its way to Switzerland from Italy, where the grapes are harvested earlier than Switzerland. The Italian suuser are made from red grapes, and they are only available for about one month. The alcohol level seldom goes over the 2% level. It is a very light and fruity drink…and a great way to get rid of some of the world’s annual surplus of wine.
The traditional October suuser season is quite a tradition in Eastern Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Each country produces and sells their own variety of sauser (called Federweisser in Germany and Sturm in Austria), which usually involve some sort of festival. read more
Weinpavillon 2008 in Obermeilen on the 13th and 14th of September 2008
The term terroir is frequently brought up within the world of wine, and talked about as if it were the great mysterious secret in defining wine. Everyone uses the term a bit differently, which only feeds its aura. You’ve probably heard it before when listening to wine experts explaining the subtle characteristics of a particular wine, ‘oh yes, the terroir of this vineyard has left a lasting mineral note laced with slate and chalky soil underneath the layers of complex fruit hidden between fine floral notes with just the right touch of French oak.’
Yes, terroir is a great term to use when you want to impress wine drinkers with less knowledge, and this little show is often fully displayed during public wine tastings.
So what does all this have to do with the upcoming Lake Zürich wine tasting? read more
If you find yourself in the region around Zürich on the first of May and would like to try something new, then consider visiting a local winery. For one day, over 130 wineries in the Cantons of Aargau, Schaffhausen, Thurgau, Zürich…and new this year…St. Gallen and Schwyz around the Zürich Lake, will open their doors and invite visitors to taste wines and have a walk around the winery. Most of these wineries will offer a selection of food…usually involving a grill…to be enjoyed with a glass or two of their locally produced wine. In some cases, local farmers will even offer a taste of some locally raised beef. Wine visits and tastings are always free, although some of the wineries will charge a nominal fee for the food. Tastings and visits run from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, and many of the wineries will be happy to sell their wines directly. This increasingly popular event is a great opportunity to discover some wines which are rarely available in many wine shops.
Here are a few ideas to consider in planning your day…
1. Visit your favorite winery and fill up your private cellar.
2. Select a small wine region and walk or drive from winery to winery to learn more about the region’s wines.
3. Pick a grape variety and visit several wineries in several regions to get to know the differences.
4. Combine a wine tour with a hike. There are very nice hikes to consider around Eglisau, Hallau and Oberhallau in Canton Schaffhausen, between Stäfa and Männedorf near the lake of Zürich, and the wine region north of Frauenfeld.
You can find out more about this event and get listings of all participating wineries by visiting the official website.
You can find out more about Swiss wine and their grape varieties in the Laughing Lemon web site
It seems Austria and Switzerland are sharing quite a lot this year. On Sunday and Monday, the 30th and 31st of March, there will be a great opportunity to taste some of the finest Austrian and Swiss wines at the Kongresshaus in Zürich. The tasting is open both days from 1pm until 7pm. Registration is free, but you have to fill out a form first and send it in to gain entrance.
This large Austrian wine tasting event takes place each year in Zürich, but this year there is the added bonus of tasting some of Switzerland’s premier wines from producers which are not easily found…but definitely worth trying.
We recommend adopting one of the following four strategies to optimize your time and experience: read more