It was 11 am when Jean Philippe appeared at the door of La Terre d’Or. I was having a cup of coffee and looking at the gorgeous view of Beaune while Mikhail Pletnev was playing Scarlatti. I took one last sip, grabbed my coat and walked to the taxi. “How was your evening at Sushi Kai?” asked Jean Philippe. It was not one of those insincere small talks we have every day. He was simply curious. He is one of the most candid taxi drivers I’ve ever met I thought. I’ve learned that he works very intense during the season and travels to south when Burgundy is covered under snow. He speaks fluent English, which he had learned with his clients over the years. He told stories about the villages of Burgundy while we were driving towards Nuit-Saint Georges.
“Have you ever been to New Zealand?” asked several wine producers one after another at Vinum Tasting in Zurich. When I told them that I had never had the chance to visit this astonishing green country, one of them joked that I was only thirteen films away from New Zealand. When you count the distance with films it sounds a lot closer 🙂 Fortunately, the fresh air of New Zealand spread into the tasting room at Metropol Restaurant through many great examples of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Syrah.
I had a great talk with Peter Keller few weeks ago, a prominent wine journalist in Switzerland. Let’s read how his journey in wine started and discover the Swiss Wine Industry!
I caught my train at Gare de Beaune at 12:31 pm. I placed my blue luggage on the rack, opened my laptop and carefully put the wine case under my seat. I had been travelling over the last few weeks between Pommard and Zurich. (more…)
‘I am enjoying every day! ‘ Wrote Lenz M. Moser yesterday. I could feel his excitement from 7500 kilometers.
As you might all know, Moser family is the pioneers of producing and promoting Grüner Veltliner in Austria. I am sure winemakers, viticulturists and wine students are especially familiar with Lenz Moser training system in viticulture. Well, Professor Dr. Lorenz Moser III has developed this high culture training in 1920’s. His son started the Lenz Moser Winery and his grandson Lenz M. Moser has worked there as a managing director for many years and created TXB International with his partners with a great fine wine portfolio. (more…)