Terroir

Is Terroir Just French for BS?

Is Terroir Just French for BS?

Terroir has always been a term that’s been hard for people to understand, even those with sommelier certification. The term translates from French to mean ”a sense of place,” but what does that even mean? Is there really such a thing as terroir?

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Design Behind the Vine: This Winery’s Labels Are Turning Terroir Into Art

Design Behind the Vine: This Winery’s Labels Are Turning Terroir Into Art

This article and the Design Behind the Vine series is brought to you by Columbia Winery. The natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest is iconic within the continental United States. Stunning vistas, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, and arid deserts span the state of Washington, from the snow-capped peak of Mt. Rainier to the wild and rugged Olympic […]

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To Capture the Terroir of San Francisco, One Distiller Is Making Vodka With Fog

To Capture the Terroir of San Francisco, One Distiller Is Making Vodka With Fog

Laboratory analyses can’t identify anything special about the water Hangar One Vodka Distillery collects from Bay Area fog to produce its limited edition Fog Point Vodka. But head distiller Caley Shoemaker can. She says it’s the taste of San Francisco. At the height of summer, when inland temperatures soar above 90 degrees, San Francisco is […]

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Where to Drink, Eat, and Sleep in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s Indie-Cool Wine Country

Where to Drink, Eat, and Sleep in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s Indie-Cool Wine Country

When most people think of the West Coast and wine, California’s Napa Valley comes to mind. Followed thereafter by Sonoma and the Willamette Valley, plus maybe Washington’s Columbia and Canada’s Okanagan Valleys. Those especially connected to California might point their attentions southward to Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, and then Temecula. The hottest wine region on […]

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An Illustrated Guide to the Most Important Wine Soils You Should Know (Infographic)

An Illustrated Guide to the Most Important Wine Soils You Should Know (Infographic)

Wine nerds are often also soil nerds. Soil directly and indisputably affects the wine that is produced in a given region. In addition to climate and aspect, soil is part of what makes a region’s terroir and can separate mediocre winemaking areas from superior ones. The Dirty Guide to Wine, a newly published book by […]

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Q&A: 4 Winemakers Talk to Us All About Terroir

Q&A: 4 Winemakers Talk to Us All About Terroir

What is it that makes wine so special? If you ask collectors, sommeliers, and winemakers, it isn’t the alcohol. It’s terroir, the unique elements of a place that are smell-able and taste-able in the finished wines. I caught up with four winemakers to discover what they think really matters. Just as their winemaking styles differ, […]

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Does Coffee Have Terroir?

Does Coffee Have Terroir?

Us wine industry folks talk about terroir a lot. A core concept in how we view wine in the 21st century, terroir is the idea that soil, climate, and topography all give a wine a distinctive characteristic that it wouldn’t have if the grapes were grown elsewhere. It’s an idea that posits the locale where grapes are […]

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Can Mezcal Express Terroir?

Can Mezcal Express Terroir?

If you’re familiar with wine, you’ve likely come across people who swear by terroir, the French word that roughly translates to “a sense of place.” You’ve also probably come across people who swear that it’s all marketing (or maybe you’re one of these people). But terroir, in its broadest sense, isn’t restricted to wine.

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