The Swiss wine journalist and wine critic
René Gabriel was born in 1957 in the canton of Nidwalden. After completing school, he completed an apprenticeship as a cook at the Hotel Gütsch in Bern. In addition to his main job as a cook, he also toured the country temporarily with his music band. In 1986 he took over the Hotel Kreuz in Sempach in the canton of Lucerne and presented the most famous Swiss with more than 1,000 entries wine list
, There the Mövenpick founder Ueli Prager became aware of him and hired him in 1990 as head of purchasing. At the same time, he worked at ADV (Acádemie du Vin), where he organized specialist courses and trips for private wine lovers.
in 1992 he founded the successful newsletter Weinwisser
, In 2006, he converted his very successful job at Mövenpick into a consulting job. In the same year he founded the event and travel company "Weingabriel GmbH" and has been a partner of the Auction house
"Weinbörse". Gabriel is often hired to host wine events and is widely known and popular for his many TV appearances and radio interviews because he can convey his great knowledge in an informative and entertaining way. He is one of the most influential today wine critics
in German-speaking countries. In 1997 Gabriel became the Stonefeather Price
awarded for wine journalism.
Gabriel is particularly known as a Bordeaux specialist and in 20 years has more than 30,000 wines from the Bordeaux
tasted. He explained the famous one Bordeaux Classification
of 1855 for obsolete and developed its own series. Gabriel used for his wine reviews
the 20-point system. For the Château d'Yquem
In 1937 he even awarded 21 points and called him "Überwein". Every year, up to 1,000 different Bordeaux wines from the latest vintage are tasted as barrel samples. After two years they are tasted again from the bottle and in the following years again and again at various events. He not only judges the current vintage, but also deals with the style and quality development of the individual châteaux over the past decades, with the maturing potential of their wines and theirs terroir
apart over the centuries.
From these innumerable wine descriptions, five editions of his standard work "Bordeaux Total" have emerged to date. In the last edition, published in 2004, wines from 1994 to 2003 are rated on over 700 pages. The book lists over 1,000 châteaux and cellars with over 20,000 Bordelais wines. 400 châteaux are evaluated in around 10,000 tasting notes. Only those who have consistently produced top qualities in the past ten years were included in the five-stage rating à la Bordeaux classification. This was achieved by 138 wineries, including 17 premiers, 18 Deuxièmes, 21 Troisièmes, 35 Quatrièmes and 47 Cinquièmes Crus. There is also a pocket edition of "Bordeaux Total", which contains the most important data on almost 300 pages. See also under wine review
and wine address
, such as Wine with food