February 19, 2020

Switzerland's wine region (called a canton by the Swiss) known as Vaud is a 30-kilometre stretch of the Lavaux Terraces hugging Lake Geneva, between Lausanne and Montreaux. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 — and once you see it, you’ll understand why. I find myself on a recent day taking in all this gobsmacking beauty with a wine glass in one hand...

February 17, 2020

While wine is something that Switzerland isn’t famous for outside its borders, that’s changing with recognition at such prestigious events as the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards, where Swiss winemakers took home three Platinum awards and eight Gold medals. Still, there are many other hidden gems to be found in the country dominated by mountains, crystalline lake waters and verdant valleys. Here, a few things to help kickstart...

November 9, 2017

By Shelley Boettcher

Outside of a house in a tiny Bulgarian village, a rosy-cheeked man smiled as he held out a tray of tiny glasses filled with a pale yellow liquid. “Welcome,” he said. “Try some. It’s good, made from our own peaches.”

I threw back a shot of the rakiya. The fiery homemade brandy instantly brightened my morning and perhaps explained the pink in his cheeks. Then we filed into the home, taking seats around the kit...

July 27, 2017

Get your hands on as much Brunello as you can afford right now.

The 2010s are popping up in stores across the country, and the wines are breathtaking. Prices are good, too, in many cases less than $100 a bottle.

This beauty from Tenuta di Sesta showcases what has made this vintage particularly fine — it’s well-balanced and complex, with lots of fruit, a long finish, and all those other words wine critics love to throw around.


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