Swiss Swigs and Piora Pours


On Monday night, Renzell Members in New York made their way to Verve Wine in Tribeca for a wine tasting Experience with Piora. Victoria James, Piora’s beverage director and one of New York’s top sommeliers, chose three Swiss wines from the Piora cellar to taste.

Her selections included two whites and a red:

  • René Favre & Fils, Petit Arvine, Valais 2014

  • Mathier, Fendant ‘Côteau de Sierre’ 2015

  • Cave de la Côte, Gamay 2014


The high altitude and dry climate of Swiss vineyards give the wine a unique balance of acidity and sweetness.  Only 10% of Swiss wines are exported, making this a truly unique experience. Not only are the wines produced in Switzerland also almost exclusively consumed there, but they are also typically consumed within the vintage, satisfying skiers after a long day on the slopes.

Victoria James pours her selections for Renzell Members.

Victoria James pours her selections for Renzell Members.

The evening of tasting, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation with Victoria and Dustin Wilson, owner of Verve Wine and the former sommelier at Eleven Madison Park, was topped off with raffling off a bottle of 2012 Futo "OV/SL" Oakville Bordeaux Blend. Congratulations to the lucky winner!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the wines from the tasting, email Verve Wine at