“Enjoy Moderately, Love Passionately.”
I kicked off my summer with the Geneva Interns Association to celebrate Caves Ouvertes (Open Cellars) Day in the form of wine tasting at several vineyards on the outskirts of the Geneva Canton.
Unlike venues back home in the Santa Barbara wine tasting scene, the vineyards in Geneva followed an astute system of: buy the glass and be done with it. There were no overpriced packages of limited wines, rather, I spent five Francs on the official wine festival glass and automatically assumed unlimited tasting rights for over 90 vineyards participating in the festival. No complaints here!
The wine was sweet – though not being in a position of expertise myself I can’t make authoritative commentary – read more about wine production in Geneva here. My new friend Laura informed me that her boss recommended Caves Ouvertes as the yearly cultural highlight in the city.
However the real treat was the people who came out. GIA is a group of young professionals – former and present interns from international organizations in Geneva, and my companions for the day were largely Irish and Colombian. As there were Irish involved, the tasting rapidly digressed to bottles, and our pace amidst the lovely Swiss village scenery slowed to a crawl.
Here’s to many more adventures this summer!