August 29, 2014

National Swiss Winegrowers Day

“Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.” - Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby)

It's National Swiss Winegrowers Day!

When you think of wine,  do the following countries come to mind: Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, France, Spain, and Italy? Perhaps, so does the state of California. All of these locations are known for producing some seriously delicious and popular vinos.

Now, when you think of Switzerland, what do you think of? Cheese, perhaps? Chocolate, clocks, and being the founding country of the Red Cross (makes sense when you think about what their flag is, doesn't it?) might all come to mind as well. I'm guessing, though, that - unless you're a cool kid in the know (which you will be by the end of this blog) - wine isn't one of those things you associate with the neutral, landlocked country.

Despite it's mountainous and lake-filled landscape, viticulture has been alive and well in Switzerland since at least the Roman era. The two most popular grapes in the region are the pinot noir (red) and the chasselas (white). White wines produced in Switzerland are very distinct as they a) often undergo a second fermentation to lessen the acidity, and b) have a higher alcohol content due to the addition of sugar during fermentation).

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

You may have some difficulty finding a bottle of Swiss-made wine in your area (or, if you do, it might be incredibly expensive). If that's the case - don't sweat it. Just make sure that - regardless of what type of wine you choose to celebrate today with - you raise a glass to Swiss Winegrowers!

Á votre santé!

Happy National Swiss Winegrowers Day!