My personal highlight: Delicate white & red drops tickling my senses to discover Switzerland’s wine heritage month by month
How better way to discover the selection of a wine producer than having a surprise wine box flattering directly into your letterbox? It’s the ideal way to get introduced to one of the most important wine producer and distributor in Switzerland.
Who is the wine company Obrist ?
Back in the year 1896 Emile Obrist recognizes the importance of owning vineyards to ensure the production of quality wines. He gradually acquires prestigious wineries such as the Cure d’Attalens, the Clos du Rocher and the vineyards of the Château de Chardonne. Since the 1960s, Obrist has worked closely with the traditional wine cellar Maurice Gay to cover wine demands from the canton of Valais.
What I learn today, is that Obrist belongs to one of Switzerland’s most important wine producers and distributors. They own 83 hectares of vineyards extending from the La Côte region, through the Lavaux terraces, to the Chablais.
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces – A world heritage nominated by UNESCO
The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces stretch for about 30 km along the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva. They go from the Chateau de Chillon to the eastern outskirts of Lausanne (Vaud region). This valley is breathtaking, traveling by train will give you the opportunity to catch the beauty of this spectacular landscape. It demonstrates in a highly visible way the evolution and development over almost a millennia, through the well preserved landscape and buildings.
The different soils and microclimates of the vineyards create an captivating variation of flavors in the wines of this area. At the edge of the lake, the vineyards gorge themselves on the triple effect of the sun: the rays directly from the sky, those reflecting off the lake and the warmth stored in the walls forming the thousands of terraces of Lavaux. The famous grape variety of the region is the Chasselas, a fruity and dry wine.
Talking about how to experience the wines best paired with food, discovering my favorite white, rosé and red drops from Obrist
Shared happiness is double happiness
Together with my foodie friends we prepared an aperitivo Italian Style containing healthy grilled veggies, prosciutto e melone, tomato bruschette and tasty Swiss Cheese as the tête a moin.
The wine we paired with this aperitivo is the rosé Nr. 1 Cuvée E. Obrist 2016. A wine offering a smooth delicate note on your tongue with a cherry and pepper note.
Price / bottle: 7.30 CHF – Order it here
Best white wine to use for a traditional Cheese Fondue
An excellent wine to pair with an aromatic and creamy cheese fondue moitie moitie is the Arvine from Yvorne Chablais – Cloes de Rennauds AOC 2016. Dry and fruity with a lightly sour note from the rhubarbs. It just points out perfectly the flavors of the cheese. Wine & Cheese made our belly go boom!
Price / bottle: CHF 19.40 – Order it here
Find here the basic recipe for 4 persons – 800 grams of cheese fresh grated, moitie moitie (Gruyère AOP and Vacherin Fribourgeois AOP)
- Cut half kilo of bread in little squares (bread with a crust is recommended)
- Take 2 cloves of garlic and rub it all over the caquelon pot
- Boil 4 dl of wine together with garlic on a small heat in the caquelon pot
- Add 800 grams of the pre-grated cheese. Melt the cheese over medium heat and stir constantly
- Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch (for example maizena) in 2 dl of kirsch Schnaps and stir in the cheese
- Continue to stir patiently. If the cheese and wine do not bind, add a little lemon juice or some more maizena
- Season with pepper and grated nutmeg
- Remove the caquelon from the heat, light the heater and place it on the table on your heater
- Stir constantly and get ready to start the pleasure
A red wine for a special occasion, time for some romance with your romeo?
The perfect choice is a red drop. Valais d’Or” Humagne Rouge 2017, Valais AOC from the producer Maurice Gay. This is is one of the most outstanding representatives wine producers from the Swiss region Valais. Here in-depth know-how with advanced technology are combined to produces exceptional products. This red wine won the silver medal for “sélection des Vins du Valais September 2017“. Characterized with a full body, intense and fruity.
Price / bottle: CHF 21.30 – Order it here