This little wine shop in the centre of Vevey (just by the market place) has an interesting selection of wine, and also Scotch whisky (particularly unusual selections such as single grain, single cask etc), and single cask bottlings of West Indian rum. Red rum, not French island rum - I find this like hair oil! I wasn't looking for whisky or rum, but it raised my spirits to see them - pardon the pun. Born in Caribbean, living in Scotland.
The owner is friendly and well informed; he speaks French (naturally) but also English, and some German he said. We were on holiday touring France mostly, tasting wine in a great range of places. It was my first visit to Switzerland and I was a little sceptical about Swiss wine, but he had some interesting bottles and can help with advice about Swiss wines and domaines in the area. The shop has a table and chairs for tasting and talking - like most cavistes (the French word is both more pithy and more romantic than the English term wine merchant) that I've met, he is passionate about his work. He told us interesting stories such as the development of new grape varieties by the Swiss that are even being taken up by the conservative Frech growers. Despite my initial reluctance, we came away with some Swiss wine.
Vevey is the home of Nestlé but I didn't ask if he could recommend a wine to go with chocolate - I wonder if the Swiss have a better match than Banyuls?!
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