Hi Bryan and Susan -
<<"Can you confirm the following pricing just so I know I am doing this right. I can buy a 3 Day Jungfrau Travel Pass for 135 CHF per person which covers all travel in the Jungfrau region & as a holder of the Jungfrau Travel Pass, I receive the connecting ticket from Eigergletscher to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe for CHF 61 (return), per person. (seen int the "Jungfrau-Top of Europe" website)? Can I buy the 3 Day Jungfrau Travel Pass at any of the rail stations in Murren or Lauterbrunnen on the first day of my 3 day travel?">>
I don't do rail passes. The subject is complex enough to cause me to call on Arno or Annika when questions arise.
Although not a Swiss resident, I have a Swiss address, and I hold a Swiss Halb-Tax ( 3 year version) and simply do half fare everywhere. I do not find it a burden to buy tickets, and I also rent a car for part of my trip. So the half-fare works for the way that I travel.
In the past decade, or perhaps a bit more, the Swiss market for cheap wines became oversaturated. Too much pleasant but uneventful Fendant and Chasselas, or Dole for a red. There has been an up-market switch to more good reds than used to be the case, because the vintners need to make money. Not only in the Bündner Herrschaft (Maienfeld, Jenins, Malans, Fläsch, and thereabouts, but elsewhere.
Good reds from "la Côte" have become more available. Also, I stay routinely in Sugiez, where the red wines of several local vintners growing on Mt. Vully are outstanding. In particular, M'sieur Simonet, of Motier and South Africa, makes superb reds.
The best part of the Swiss red wine revolution is that most good ones are still available unoaked ( "Barrique" = "oaked"). "Barrique is trendy but the Swiss have not yet mastered the subtleties, in my opinion. But good unoaked Pinot Noir (surely among your Washington State growths) is still routinely available , especially from the Ostschweiz regions named above.
(Avoid the famous "Gantenbein" wines from Fläsch, not because they are not good - they are- but because the Gantenbein family led the revolution, are famous, and command a price well above their relative value...for me any way and in the minds of the discerning cellar masters that I know.)
You wil not tend to find those reds in the Berner Oberland. "Too pricey" or not what they a er used to.
If you would like to find our abit mor about them, I can offer to random observations. Not a winemaker, but an organic chemist with a certain amount of practice sniffing and drinking wines.