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What started as a wine & food party for new friends became Zürich's favorite wine evenings!

For your hosts, wine has nothing to do with snobbery... rather an element of eating, drinking, traveling & exploring.

2010. An idea hatches in Zürich while dining at local favorite Brasserie Schiller: wine & food fans Robert and Stephanie H. imagine hosting a grand party for new Zürich friends--a lovely, slightly misguided group who happily drank and ate everything without reflection.

A few inspirational sips later, they cancel the party idea (too high risk of red wine stains on the dog) for a wine course similar to the one they attended at Purdue University (U.S.): Food Science 470, Wine Appreciation by esteemed Dr. Richard Vine (no kidding!), Professor of Enology Emeritus, and American Airlines' wine consultant for 21 years.

The goal? It never changed: develop everyday enjoyment of wines & food for fun-loving people in Zürich in a simple, practical, non-pretentious style.

Ten gullible friends fell for it, an 8-weeknight curriculum emerged (since honed to 6 evenings) and the course was a hit. Word spread and one "vintage" of students and wonderful new acquaintances followed another; positive momentum motivated expansion and full-time focus in 2013. 

Meet Your Hosts

 

Robert H. - Founder

Robert H. heard destiny whispering when Wine Appreciation was the most invigorating elective among the molecules and mathematics of a Chemical Engineering B.S. degree. A chemical industry management career in Chicago along with a masters degree from the Kellogg Business School of Northwestern University and subsequent move to Zürich in 2007 were all-too-briefly interrupted by annual wine region vacations. Robert gained wine instructor certifications from the Society of Wine Educators (U.S.) and WSET (London) and replaced polymer science with "grape biochemistry" and a full-time plunge with Uncorked in 2012.

Stephanie H. - Founder

Stephanie H. demonstrated early culinary aptitude when first cooking a side of bacon at age three--unsupervised while her parents slept. A semester of wine study completed her B.A. degree from Purdue University, followed by international brand marketing roles in Finance and Hospitality in Chicago, stepping up to Switzerland in 2007. A proficient travel researcher, Stephanie meticulously (obsessively?) organizes holidays around wine & food experiences, leading goose chases to find the best regional offerings. A WSET certified wine educator, her passion is developing food, flavors and finesse in the kitchen to make each wine sing.

Ralph Schädler - Host

The charm of the wine world lured Ralph from 10 years of slightly-less-charming international SAP consulting into professional "taste bud consulting". Trained at the Wine Academy in Rust, Austria, at ZHAW Weinbau in Wädenswil and achieving the esteemed WSET Diploma and Weinakademiker title, Ralph fosters a back-to-basics approach teaching introductory wine & food pairing courses for new students at Lucerne's BHMS hotel management school and keeps in touch with important roots--with his fingers!--since founding and running Ticino's Weinstoff winery in 2011, producing authentic, characterful Merlots.

Zoe H. - Co-Founder

Uncorked's wine prodigy, Zoe H. left her mark on several famous winegrowing territories including the Pfalz, Alsace and Burgundy before age six months. A fervent admirer of terroir, Zoe finds that nearly all soil types warrant further digging. With olfactory sensitivity over 100 times greater than that of famed wine critic Robert Parker, Zoe is mesmerized by the earthy, farmyard, leathery and sweat-sock aromas inherent in great growth Burgundy, which inspired her masterwork: "Côte de Bone: Les Grands Chews".