Merlot: ruby-red delight

Merlot and Ticino go together just like brasato (braised beef) and polenta. 80% of vineyards are given over to the Merlot grape – with growing success, thanks to innovative winemakers: wines such as Sassi Grossi can compete with the best from Bordeaux. Ticino's liquid sunshine tastes superb in a... meer

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Räuschling: the crisp white

The Räuschling is an old variety of grape that is still cultivated in only a few places in Switzerland. It thrives on the sunny slopes above Lake... meer

Räuschling: the crisp white
Giraffentorte: what is its secret?

Giraffentorte: what is its secret?

Shining white icing, with spots of chocolate: such is the Giraffentorte (giraffe cake) from Winterthur. Its filling is a mystery. It certainly... meer

Merlot: ruby-red delight

Merlot and Ticino go together just like brasato (braised beef) and polenta. 80% of vineyards are given over to the Merlot grape – with growing success, thanks to innovative winemakers: wines such as Sassi Grossi can compete with the best from Bordeaux. Ticino's liquid sunshine tastes superb in a romantic grotto (traditional inn), enjoyed with alp cheese and salametti sausage, but Merlot also goes well with gourmet dishes. And it makes exciting blends, too – such as with Bondola, Ticino's only native grape variety.

Merlot: ruby-red delight

Räuschling: the crisp white

The Räuschling is an old variety of grape that is still cultivated in only a few places in Switzerland. It thrives on the sunny slopes above Lake Zürich, and the resulting crisp, fruity white wine has evolved into something of a regional speciality. Zürich's house wine goes well with fish dishes, and also makes a popular aperitif.

Räuschling: the crisp white

Giraffentorte: what is its secret?

Shining white icing, with spots of chocolate: such is the Giraffentorte (giraffe cake) from Winterthur. Its filling is a mystery. It certainly contains chocolate, eggs, butter, salt and sugar, as well as almond and hazelnut – and some brandy, for sure. But until now, the giraffe's secret has never been fully revealed. Investigating it, however, is a guaranteed treat…

Giraffentorte: what is its secret?