Switzerland’s charm: from chocolate, cheese to wine
Sweet gourmet delights know that Belgian chocolate is the world's number one. But do not forget that the common denominator of the world famous chocolate brands from Favargé, Lindt, Nestlé (formerly Cailler) to Sprungli, Suchard and Toblerone are all of Switzerland. While there are many Swiss chocolate labels available in many countries, there are also a few labels you can only buy in Switzerland.
Located in the old town of Zurich on the banks of the Limat River, there is a very mini but famous chocolate shop: Max Chocolatier. All the chocolates sold here are made by the six hands of three chocolate makers (called chocolatiers) who create delicious lines of chocolate.
Most Americans today use the word "Swiss cheese" to call a famous Emmentaler cheese. Like most cheeses, Emmentaler is the name of a place where the cheese making in the pot has appeared in this town since the early 14th century. More famously, there is cheese from Gruyère village of Friborg, located between Lucerne and Montreux.
A visit to Gruyère's showroom, you will love this cheese more: to squeeze 400 liters of fresh milk to make a "meule" (a big cheese cake) at the weight of 35 kg. One Gruyère cake is completely finished for sale after five to twelve months with many different stages of production. Gruyère cheese is an indispensable ingredient of fondue. There is also raclette that does not use Gruyère cheese but uses other cheese named "Raclette" in Valais. Cheese can be either a large cake, or cut into thin slices. Read somewhere that Switzerland produces about 12,000 tons of Raclette cheese each year, of which the total of Valais is 2,000 tons.
Most of Swiss and tourists prefer to enjoy above two typical Swiss dishes with wine also produced in Switzerland. We can’t do otherwise, and so there are many opportunities to taste Swiss wine.
It can be concluded that Swiss wine has two flavors of white wine made from Chasselas grapes and red wine from Pinot Noir, Gamay and Merlot grapes. Swiss wines are mainly produced by the farmers who grow grapes and wine in Lavaux, the vineyards on the hillside stretching along the banks of Lake Léman. Originating in the Roman times and thanks to the efforts of the monks of the Roman Catholic clergy, the stone was used to build up the walls of the vineyard. Swiss wines are not too complex with fresh characteristics and eye-catching colors.
You should note that avoid buying Italian wines in Switzerland because the two countries are too close together. The global connoisseurs are looking forward to the festivities of the Swiss wines, held only once every 25 years. That event takes place in the year of 2019, so it’s a opportunity for you to enjoy these Swiss dishes.
By: Roxana Edwards