Falling in love with a wine region is not a difficult thing to do. Especially if the sun is out, the food is good and the people are welcoming, the wine almost always tastes delicious. A typical case of wine in context. To say that I fell in love with Swiss wines, and especially those of Valais, will probably not surprise you. Certainly not if you have seen my photos, on Twitter, Facebook or Flickr.
On the Sunday that I first visited Valais, early in November, the sun was out, the sky was clear blue and the patchwork of yellow, orange, brown, red and green slopes had a golden hue that reflected on everything in the broad valley of the Rhône River. In the background, high over the vineyards, snow-capped mountains framed our view.
The wines we tasted that day were pure, lively and light to medium bodied, never heavy, never dull.