The Wines of Chateau Valmy – Argeles-sur-Mer, France

Best of Roussillon with La Tour Apollinaire The Wines of Chateau Valmy – Argeles-sur-Mer, France By La Tour Apollinaire The fountain in the entryway of the Chateau Valmy winery was sending what should have been a 15-foot high stream about two feet high and 13 feet to the north.  The winds blowing off the Mediterranean […]

Gian Carlo Casparis – Wine

“I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food” – Gian Carlo Casparis, owner and founder of Wine Tours Switzerland, paraphrases the incomparable W. C. Fields.

Off the Beaten Track in Champagne – Part 3

By Jiles Halling. In the third and final part of our travels in Champagne we are going to head out along the Marne River Valley that flows through Epernay westwards towards Paris. This is the home of the Meunier variety of grape (sometimes called Pinot Meunier) a black grape that thrives in the slightly richer soil […]

Off the Beaten Track in Champagne- part 2

By Jiles Halling. In part 1 we travelled from Reims along the Montagne de Reims and through some of the villages most famous for their Pinot Noir grapes. The second circuit starts some 25 kilometres from Reims in the town of Epernay, much smaller than Reims in size but not in terms of importance to […]

Off the Beaten Track in Champagne

By. Jiles Halling Champagne – just the sound of the world has a sort of magical attraction conjuring up, as it does, images of celebration, luxury and indulgence. It’s not surprising therefore that hundreds of thousands of visitors make their way to the Champagne vineyards every year. With all these people visiting you might think […]


They say that great things come from great adversity and that is certainly true for Erick de Sousa who, from modest beginnings in the Côte des Blancs area of Champagne, is well on his way to building a global reputation for Champagne De Sousa. It was Erick’s grandfather, Manuel a native of the Portuguese town […]

Champagne La Maison Penet

Alexandre Penet’s career so far hasn’t been that of a typical champagne maker, but that doesn’t bother Alexandre too much because he doesn’t want to make typical champagnes.  He appears to have succeeded, judging from the comments that have appeared in the press such as “An artist at work.” “One of our best discoveries in […]

Champagne Didier-Ducos – A Family Affair

When people think about champagne what comes to mind are often the major international brands which source grapes from all over the Champagne region to produce a style that is pleasant and reliable.  Recently however more and more champagne drinkers are taking an interest in the many hundreds of small producers who make their champagne […]

Cédric Moussé at Champagne Moussé Fils

‘Mousse’ in French mean bubbles and it’s a very apt name for Cédric Moussé, the young head of Champagne Moussé Fils, who took over the management after the tragic and recent death of his father. You can almost sense the energy  at Champagne Moussé the moment you arrive and when Cédric  comes out to greet […]

Swiss Wine-growing Culture in Bündner Herrschaft and Heidiland

Articles written by, Gian Carlo Casparis, Wine Tours Switzerland – with the kind support of Heidiland Tourism AG – The holiday region of Heidiland is still one of the wine industry’s best kept secrets, home to the Pinot Noir World Champion Martin Donatsch from Malans, and the oldest still operating winery in Europe, Schloss Salenegg from Maienfeld. […]