Eight bottles of vintage Amarone

Can Amarone Age?

Can Amarone della Valpolicella age? It isn’t as strange a question as it might seem. Not all wines age well, and most of the Amarone more than ten years old that I have tried have been more tired than lively. Nevertheless, over the past 70 years Amarone has rightly secured a place as one of […]

All 26 Barolos

Barolo: tasting across seven decades

Barolo at its best: the epic tasting event Nebbiolo is the name of the grape responsible, in the right hands and conditions, for some of Italy’s – and the world’s – greatest red wines. Although planted in many places around the globe, nowhere else – so far – does it reach the heights to which […]

Three glasse and three bottles of red wine.

Coravin Test Round Two – Three Reds

Coravin Test Round Two – Three Reds For Round Two of the Coravin Test, I chose three fairly different red wines: a beautifully clean, organic Swiss wine from the Lavaux region at Lake Geneva, made with a relatively new hybrid called Diolinoir; an unusual, non-vintage, multi-state American blend; and a raspy, biodynamic Monastrell from the […]

The Coravin Model Two Elite in Red

The Coravin Test

Ah, Coravin. I want to believe, I really do. Convince me. A wonderful opportunity arose here in Germany a month ago: to become an independent tester for Coravin. From all the applicants (a detailed application was required, including how the successful applicant would increase awareness of the Coravin sytem) 32 would be selected. These 32 […]

The Croatian Wine Experience

The Croatian Wine Experience on Swiss Soil It has been quite a while since I had an experience like the one I was permitted last week. As a busy wine professional who travels a great deal, it isn’t often that I get to try a number of wines from a region that is completely new […]

Real Wines and Paul Liversedge MW

Switzerland has it good with Paul Liversedge MW and his “Real Wines” Online Wine Shop Isn’t it the dream of most wine lovers to open their own wine shop, stocked with the best and most interesting bottles from the producers and regions that represent their own tastes? Unfortunately, unless they are also wealthy and not […]