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, […]
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 […]
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.
It only takes a few minutes of reading anything about wine for soil to come into play. Whether it’s a long feature on Germany’s Mosel region, or the shelf-talker at Bevmo, experts, sommeliers, and marketers love throwing in tidbits about the ground that makes their wares extra special.
Running a vineyard is like selling real estate: location is everything. That’s not news if you’re an adventurous wine drinker and have discovered that wines from snowy hilltops in Germany taste different from those from sunny California. But ”location” isn’t always simple. In the best and worst climates, from the frozen Finger Lakes to Grecian […]
As Igor, our host form Cantina Santa Maria La Palma, drove me to my hotel from the airport, across the hilly scrub brush and under the palm trees of northwestern Sardinia to the seaside town of Alghero, he ran down the general schedule of my trip. A lot of eating and a lot of wine […]
Someone brings some good Bordeaux to a party. Great. Someone opens said bottle. Even better. Someone starts talking about the differences between the Left Bank and the Right Bank in the Bordeaux region. Reasonably, you grab your glass — after it’s been filled — and jet to the other side of the room. Bordeaux can […]
Assuming everything stays below storm-level force, it’s hard not to love a good wind. Yeah, we said “wind,” as in moving air caused by the meeting of low and high pressure fronts. Seriously, how can we not geek out over wind? It cools us down on a hot day. It gives flags shape and makes […]
Most of us can’t afford most of the wine from Burgundy that’s out there. So yeah, it’s hard to know a ton about it. At least, “know” about it with our mouths. But there’s some talk Burgundy wine prices are starting to level out (see below). And really not all Burgundy is insanely expensive (also […]