wine tasting tips switzerland
1. The temperature of the wineThe temperature that a wine is served can greatly affect the way it tastes and smells and is one of the main elements to appreciate the potential of the product. • An operating temperature below 5 ° C will definitely mute the nose of the wine and emphasis the perception of acid in white wines and tannic acid in red wines. • If you consume a red wine above room temperature, that is to say at 20 ° C or 25 ° C, the alcohol, the volatile component, will smother the other aromas. The rule is to serve the wines at the follow...
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Top facts about italian wines
 1) What is a Super Tuscan?   Known mainly for its Chiantis until the 70s, Tuscany experienced a real wine revolution when Marchesi Antinori bottled his first 'Tignanello'. Composed of a blend of 80% Sangiovese 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, this wine was a real upheaval and questioned the established order.   Indeed, the rules of the DOC appellation of the Chianti zone were, at that time, extremely restrictive. The blend could only contain a maximum of 70% Sangiovese and a minimum of 10% of another white grape variety. International grape vari...
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DOCG italian wines
All about the hierarchy of Italian wine appellations If you look at a bottle of quality Italian wine, you will find the following acronyms on the label: DOP, IGP, DOC, DOCG or IGT. What are the differences?In Italy, the system of Italian appellations has evolved considerably since the 1960s. Despite all the richness and diversity of the country, transcribed in an impressive number of appellations, the system became more readable, until European legislation came back to reorganize the system again not long ago. In summary: "Old" systemVino da Tavola: This designa...
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Tips old Amarone Wines
All you need to know about Amarone della Valpolicella aging wines The yields are the key to great wines. The lower the volumes of grapes extracted from a single plot, the higher the aromatic and structural quality of the grapes. This is the case with wines from the Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG.The location of the vineyard is paramount, to say the least. The Classico sub-appellation is a geographic indicator of where the grapes come from.The climate is cool Mediterranean in the wine regions of Veneto. The latter determines the ability of the vine to harm...
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Top 10 best italian wines
How to choose the Top 10 best Italian wines? To establish a Top 10 wines of a country or a region is often subjective since appreciations and tastes are different from one individual to another. Nevertheless, it is agreed that certain winemakers and certain vintages often come out on top. Therefore, certain factors are important and serve as a reference. The quality of the wine itself is an important factor. Let me explain: During a tasting by wine professionals (winemakers, oenologists, sommeliers,...) what is finally judged is the structure of the wine, its bala...
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Most prestigious Italian wines, delivery Switzerland
Even if a ranking can sometimes seem subjective, it is certain that the national and international recognition of the wines through the vintages and their constant prices are sure values on which to base a ranking. You will find here a top 10 of the most expensive Italian wines, made in no particular order but which we believe is quite representative of what is done on the other side of the Alps. Enjoy your reading... The top 10 most expensive wines in Italy Masseto - Tenuta dell’OrnellaiaEmblematic wine of the Tenuta dell'Ornellaia. This wine born in 1986 is a...
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The most typical italian wines
Like France, Italy has a vineyard with a rich history and all the regions of the peninsula produce wine. So when we talk about typical Italian wines, it is of course difficult to make generalizations because each province of the boot has its own specificities that make them all typical. It is good to first ask the question, what is a typical Italian wine?What is important to take into account is the representative aspect that the wine develops. A wine that is among the top Italian wines or the most expensive Italian wines is not necessarily a typical wine. The m...
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Which Italian wine for which dish?
Before exploring the possible food and wine pairings in the Italian peninsula, it seems important to us to address a notion that, according to the philosophy of alfavin.ch, is the foundation of any tasting, whatever it is: pleasure!Without pleasure there is no tasting and even less food and wine pairing. To take pleasure in tasting a wine, a dish, or both together, you need to experience this feeling. Being an epicurean is an art of living that must be cultivated, developed, but above all shared.For a long time reserved for sommeliers, food and wine pairing is bec...
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All about Primitivo wines
What you need to know about Primitivo The first traces of this emblematic grape variety of Puglia wines can be found in the region of Gioia Del Colle, a province located south of Bari. After much scientific research in the United States in California, we know that Primitivo is a variety native to Croatia, known as Zinfandel in the USA and Crljenak Kastelansky (Croatia). In Italy, its name was given by a priest named Francesco Filippo Indelicati who after research noticed that this variety had an early maturity hence "Primitivo": the one that ripens first. It was ...
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Which are the wine regions of Italy?
Unlike countries like France and Spain, Italy is a country where wine is produced in all regions. Nicknamed Oenotria by the Greeks, the Italian peninsula is no stranger to its nickname and the richness of its vineyards is as important as its cuisine. With a favorable climate and a wide variety of soils, Italy has a lot to surprise us. Between the native grape varieties and the international ones, Italy offers us a palette of wines overflowing with quality and creativity. An unforgettable wine experience, reflecting not only the taste of the different terroirs but ...
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Which Spanish wine for which dish? Alfavin.ch gives you its ideas!
Everything you need to know about Spanish food and wine pairing A rich history, a culture resulting from different influences through the past centuries, have shaped the gastronomy in the broadest sense of the term in this beautiful country. As in other countries and regions, the first rule in food and wine pairing is the regional pairing; the easiest, the one that works best. The association of a wine always finds a resonance with a product of the region to which it belongs. Even if we hear less about gastronomy compared to France or Italy, Spain offers a wealth ...
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The Top 10 of the best Spanish wines
As with our top 10 Italian wines, establishing a ranking of Spanish wines is a subjective notion, as we do not all have the same tastes or the same rules for establishing this hierarchy. In our case, we have chosen to share with you our ranking and our vision of the wines that represent the best of Spanish wine. How to establish the ranking of the best Spanish wines? As mentioned in our previous article on the best Italian wines, there are always fundamental criteria in a ranking that cannot be omitted and that often, if not always, allow certain winemakers to be...
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All about the wines of Spain
The History of Wine in Spain Like many other countries on the old continent, the Iberian Peninsula has a rich and varied history when it comes to its wine. The wine landscape as we know it today is the result of centuries of work. The first traces of vineyards date back to the time of the Phoenicians on the Andalusian coast, near Cadiz. They then developed viticulture inland and began to export the production throughout the Mediterranean. But it is really under the impulse of the Romans that the vineyard grew. With the development of the empire, the Romans needed ...
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How to choose a Spanish wine? Alfavin.ch advises you!
With the largest vineyard area in the world, Spain offers from north to south and from west to east, a varied range of wines. Like its Latin neighbors, its history goes back to antiquity. Its evolution and how it appears to us today is the result of the work of the Romans, as in many other regions of Europe as well. With a harsh climate, hot and dry in summer, cold winters, the Spanish wine regions suffer every year and their yields are often low. Whether you are in the south of France or in Sardinia to name a few places, you will regularly find grape varieties o...
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How is Amarone produced? Alfavin.ch explains it all!
Amarone, the star of the Veneto region. With a reputation that today exceeds the borders (of Italy, of course), Amarone has acquired an international status since its wines are found in the four corners of the world and on the best tables of the planet. And yet, it is not the oldest of the wines produced in the Veneto region. Unlike Recioto, which is a sweet wine, Amarone is a dry red wine with a little residual sugar. The fame of this style of wine is due not only to the opening of international markets but also to the evolution of tastes. In fact, if in the past...
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Food and wine pairing advice for the Amarone
Before discussing the possibilities of food and wine pairing in Valpolicella, and in particular Amarone, it is worthwhile to review some of the principles related to food and wine pairing. As mentioned in the article "Which Italian wine for which dish?", one of the points is to choose the wine that will be able to sublimate the dish without erasing it and vice versa, in short to find the balance. A very important notion is also the composition of the dish; the garnish, the cooking and especially the sauce that plays the role of binder between the dish and the wine...
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What are the best Amarone wines?
Located north of Verona and close to the shores of Lake Garda, the Valpolicella wine region is the birthplace of one of Italy's greatest and most renowned wines, Amarone. As a province that is attached to its roots, Valpolicella and its consortium of producers are scrupulous in their care for the wine heritage of this appellation area. With autochthonous grape varieties such as Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, the producers offer a range of wines that can be found not only on local tables but also in the world's greatest restaurants. The Amarone is a wine that ...
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How is Barolo produced?
If you have never heard the expression "Barolo, king of wines, wine of kings" then this is for you! Probably with Amarone della Valpolicella, one of Italy's best known and most prized denominations of origin. Nestled in the heart of Piedmont, the Barolo vineyard is one of the most beautiful in the region. Known for its gastronomy and in particular the white truffle of Alba, this wine region has many surprises in store for you. In this article we will discuss its history, how men have shaped it to become what it is today, without forgetting to talk about its produc...
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What to eat with a Barolo?
What to eat with a Barolo? The diversity of red wines found in the Barolo appellation allows for a multitude of food and wine pairings. The cuisine of Piedmont is as rich as its viticulture and as famous as the white truffle of Alba, so the combinations of flavors around Barolo wines are legion. The origin of this local gastronomy lies in the ancestral history of two worlds that live side by side: the nobility with a refined cuisine and the peasant world with a simpler but still tasty cuisine.From appetizer to dessert, the richness of this cuisine is such that ev...
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Everything you need to know about aging Barolos
Aging your wine is an important step when you decide to build a cellar. One question that is important to ask and that will determine your future purchases is what type of consumer you are. If you are a wine lover who appreciates wines when they are open, expressive, on the fresh fruit, then you prefer to taste wines when they are young. On the other hand, if you appreciate wines with more complex, more evolved aromas, you are more likely to drink older wines. Below we will explain some important rules for aging wines and why some Barolo wines age better than othe...
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The wine specialist in Lausanne
The wine store in Lausanne Recognized worldwide for its quality of life and a real melting pot, Lausanne has been a city on the move and evolving for a good ten years. Real economic lung of the region, this city surrounded by vineyards, including Lavaux, a wine region listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, has become a place where the world of gastronomy is in perpetual movement. Trendy cafés, cocktail bars, neighborhood restaurants, gastronomic tables and great chefs make this city not only a trendy place but also an open-air laboratory. And in this context...
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Wine store, wine tasting and wine courses between Crissier and Morges
Several times awarded for being the best store specialized in Italian and Spanish wines by Wine Searcher, Alfavin.ch offers a wide range of wines that will allow you to discover the wine world of these two Latin countries. Online or face-to-face tasting c...
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The best Italian prosecco
Like Champagne, Prosecco is now world famous and even sells more than Champagne itself. In 2016, a report published stated that 660 million bottles of Prosecco were sold against 310 million for Champagne. Today, 70% of Prosecco is exported, with an increase in market share of around 15 to 20%. So why such a craze, where does Prosecco come from and what are the characteristics that make it so charming and famous? Alfavin.ch tells you more in this article. The origin of Prosecco A little more than an hour north of Venice, lies the original vineyard of Prosecco: Con...
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Difference between a sparkling wine, a crémant and a champagne
When you are faced with all these bottles at the wine shop, in a supermarket or in a restaurant, it is sometimes very difficult to find your way around and to choose a particular wine. Crémant, sparkling, sparkling, champagne, and many others. All these terms belong to a single category: sparkling wines. To help you find your way through all these labels and choose the bottle that makes you happy, Alfavin.ch tells you more about the differences between these wines. What is the difference between a sparkling wine and a crémant? Strictly speaking, there is no diff...
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How sparkling wine is made
In this article, Alfavin.ch explains sparkling wine and its production methods in order to understand how the foam is created in a bottle of sparkling wine. In a market that has become international, where many countries produce their own sparkling wines, it is sometimes very difficult for the consumer to find his way. This article will allow you to see more clearly and will help you in your future purchases in order to make the right choices according to your tastes and desires. What is a sparkling wine? A sparkling wine is a wine with a sufficiently high carbon ...
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5 ideas for aperitif cocktails with champagne
If in the past, cocktails were consumed in palaces and large hotels around the world, and reserved for an elite; today they have become more democratic. For the last ten years, we have seen a craze for cocktails and mixology. Many cocktail bars are springing up here and there. A cosmopolitan city like Lausanne is no exception to the rule. Alfavin.ch delivers below a list of champagne-based cocktails to awaken your taste buds and discover or rediscover for aficionados, champagne in a different way. The Mimosa Probably one of the most classic cocktails made with cha...
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Food and champagne pairing : what to eat with champagne ?
Aperitif drink par excellence, served during events and festive meals, champagne is nevertheless a wine that can be paired with food. From appetizers to desserts, there are a multitude of possibilities. Depending on the champagnes you choose, you can find pairings that enhance both the dish and the champagne itself. From regional pairings to more gastronomic pairings proposed by sommeliers, there is a wide range of what you can do with champagne and try to find the perfect match. Alfavin.ch gives you here its good food and wine tips, drawn from its own experiences...
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How is champagne made?
Knowing how this wine is made is a good step in learning about wines and developing one's knowledge. This is especially true since champagne and its production process are unique in the world of wine, so understanding it allows you to better interpret what you have in your glass and to analyze the differences that may exist. Before going further and explaining champagne, from the vineyards to the bottling, let's go back to the history of this mythical wine. The paternity is due to Dom Pérignon towards the end of the 17th century. He was the first to work on the r...
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How much does a Barolo cost?
As with any other appellation, there is not one price but many, and in order to determine the price there are some important aspects to consider. In addition, it is important to bear in mind that there are several distribution channels, which necessarily imply different prices for the same wine. Whether you buy your wine from the winemaker, from a retailer (wine shop, wholesaler, supermarket), in the country or abroad, in a restaurant, the wine will never be sold at the same price. For all these entities that distribute wine, the costs related to production and ma...
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Oenology and wine tasting courses in Lausanne
If wine has been at the heart of our cultures for centuries and is anchored in our lives and in our genes, it is really since the beginning of this century that the craze and the thirst for knowledge around this natural product has really exploded. With a world that has become more and more open to others, more and more cultured as well, wine has been democratized, notably thanks to the various professionals in the sector: winemakers, tasters, sommeliers, wine merchants and today, in the age of the Internet, bloggers. These actors of the wine industry have helped ...
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Sparkling wines & Champagnes
Champagne, sparkling, cremant, sparkling, effervescent, Prosecco and many others... In the category of bubbly wines, the terms are numerous and we often tend to get lost in this multitude of denominations, especially since according to the type of wine chosen, the methods of elaboration are not the same, the prices and their differences can be significant, sometimes doubling or even more for some. In order to help you find the wine you want, Alfavin.ch explains this category in a little more detail so that you can first understand what we are talking about and th...
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How to choose your champagne for parties
Champagne is the wine par excellence when there is an event to celebrate. Wine list, social evenings, family meals, sporting events, and many other occasions, champagne is present everywhere. It is the flagship product when there is someone or something to celebrate. Considered more as a brand than a wine, champagne enjoys an image and a notoriety that does not weaken. With an appellation spread over more than 33,000 hectares, more than 4,400 winegrowers and shippers, 39 cooperatives and 306 champagne houses, it is sometimes very difficult to find one's way around...
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Clos Mogador 2018 reviewed by Robert Parker
The guide Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) comments on the wines of Clos Mogador 2018. The flagship 2018 Clos Mogador is a blend of 45% Garnacha, 29% Cariñena, 16% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that fermented with natural yeasts and showcases their philosophy—slow fermentations with long maceration and long aging. It matured for 18 months in 2,000-liter oak vats and 30% in 300-liter oak barrels. There was a lot of rain in 2018, and the vineyards were extremely happy and everything seemed very easy; in fact, René Barbier told me it was perhaps too easy...
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Robert Parker Notes of the wines from Clos Mogador 2016
Clos Mogador 2016 (98 RP)  Keeping the classical profile, the 2016 Clos Mogador has been fine tuned, reducing the French grapes, and it matured approximately 18 months in oak foudre and barriques. There is a lively sensation on the palate, vivacious and with very fine tannins. It has a meaty touch and feels really young , despite the long élevage. There is a strong mineral sensation on the palate, something that is a texture and mouthfeel rather than a flavor. This is an unusual, fresh vintage. 29,000 bottles produced.Espectacle 2016 (98 RP)  The floral, aro...
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4 facts to know about Prosecco
What is Prosecco?  Prosecco is a sparkling white wine made from Glera grapes.Where does Prosecco come from?  The appellation is produced in 9 provinces spanning the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia region. The Prosecco Superiore DOCG can only be made in the area of Vadobbiadene hill, the Prosecco DOC Treviso from the area that surrounds the hill and Prosecco DOC from elsewhere in the region.How is it produced?  Following the Charmat method, the first fermentations is still wine, the secondary fermentation is when the foam is produced in closed stainless ste...
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Super Tuscans Blind Tasting Party
TASTING IN MAY 2019 TO COMPARE SUPERS-TUSCANS AND THEIRS ALTERNATIVES. WHICH SUPER-TUSCAN SHOULD YOU PUT IN YOUR WINE CELLAR? 30 CLIENTS OF ALFAVIN.CH GOT CHALLENGED.On Thursday, May 16, 2019, La Grappe d'Or restaurant hosted Alfavin.ch's latest event, an exceptional tasting! A client testimonial: "In the cozy setting of the private room on the first floor, 30 people attended this event, ready to discover and blindly taste the finest "Super Tuscans". The expectations were very high! Tasting and noting two series of four wines. In fact, the organisers, wil...
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Wines of Puglia - Leone de Castris - Part 1
On the occasion of the release of the latest addition to Leone de Castris' new top-of-the-range line, Per Lui Susumaniello, we decided to combine business with pleasure and take a trip to the Apulia region to visit some producer friends and enjoy a few magnificent bottles over an extended weekend. Located in the small town of Salice Salentino, a little less than an hour's drive from Brindisi airport, the Leone di Castris estate is hard to miss in this picturesque rural town in the province of Lecce. Topped by a medieval square tower, the building, whose facade mus...
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