Terroir (French pronunciation: ​[tɛʁwaʁ] from terre, "land") is the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with plant genetics, express in agricultural products such as wine, coffee, chocolate, hops, tomatoes, heritage wheat, and tea. The concept has also crossed to other Protected Appellations of Origin (PDOs a form of geographical indication), products such as cheeses.Terroir can be very loosely translated as "a sense of place," which is embodied in certain characteristic qualities, the sum of the effects that the local environment has had on the production of the product.
Posts about Terroir
    • New Orleans: Willie Mae's Scotch House

      Some food stops are non-negotiable. Vivoli for gelato in Florence. McClard's for barbecue in Hot Springs. This last weekend in New Orleans, I had to break one of my rules, though. I've visited The City That Care Forgot more than a dozen times, and I never NOT went to Cafe du Monde for beignets and coffee until this time.

      Ann Lemons Pollack/ St. Louis Eats and Drinks- 10 readers -
    • Site-specific Chenin Blanc from Mullineux – Quartz and Schist

      Site-specific Chenin Blanc from Mullineux - Quartz and Schist As you all know, Chenin Blanc is officially one of the two coolest white grape varieties, along with Riesling. Chenin’s attributes are its good acidity, its structure, its ageability, its flexibility and, of course, its terroir transparency.

      jamie goode's wine blog- 5 readers -
  • Du bon Bachelder: Burgundy, Oregon, Niagara

    … is a flinty, indiscreetly pinching and itinerant example. More complex than it needs to be, it can be accused of being a risk taker. If Chardonnay is considered in terms of finding excellence out of cool climates, this Aligoté is downright gelid. The wine doth go both ways, at once reductive and then terpenic. Lime citrus concentrates aromas…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Pinot Noir- 4 readers -
  • 2015 Slow Wine Tour Coming to San Francisco

    … viticultural practices. “We have abandoned the very easy-to-understand, but ultimately also trivializing, method of awarding points and sought to look beyond the glass…What matters is a wine’s soul” – Giancarlo Gariglio and Fabio Giavedoni Next week more than 50 winemakers from 15 Italian wine regions will bring their bottles across the pond…

    Martin D. Redmond/ ENOFYLZ Wine Blog- 7 readers -
  • Wine of the Day January 20, 2015

    … sought after white wine in the world, one of the elite, along with Domaine de la Romance-Conti’s Le Montrachet, these two stand alone as the top Chardonnay wines for collectors, these two regularly see auction prices over $3,000 per bottle, sometimes much more. While it is hard to talk about a $350 bottle as a value or in fact post it as a wine…

    grapelive.com- 4 readers -
  • More Nonsense from the Press About Wine Tasting

    … tasting. There are such wines and they are expensive. What you pay for is distinctiveness. You won’t find them in a supermarket. But this has nothing to do with wine quality. Some blended wines using grapes from diverse locations can be very good wines. Some wines from small vineyards may not be so good. The logical mistake is that the fact that wine…

    Dwight Furrow/ Edible Arts- 5 readers -
  • SVT | Burgundy’s OTHER Famous Wine Festival

    …. Their records proved the bedrock to Burgundy’s codification of lieu dits and climats, as well as the inspiration for the more intangible concept of terroir. It’s no miracle that the monks of Clos de Vougeot turned Burgundy’s limestone into sublime wines. Passion, hard work, and a desire to give voice to the land – these traditions continue today. St…

    binNotes | a wine blogin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • ZAP a dee doo dah, ZAP a dee ay. My, oh my what a wonderful 3 days! (Video)

    … days featuring […] The 2015 Zinfandel Experience is coming to San Francisco. Yup, it’s time for San Francisco’s ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) Festival and any wine lover worth their weight in grapes will not want to miss the 2015 Zinfandel Experience. Attracting Zin lovers from around the world, Zinfandel Experience is celebrating its…

    Stark Insider- 6 readers -
  • Go Forth and Drink (great) Old White Wine.

    … yellow apple, punctuated liberally by all that gorgeous minerality- a trademark of the Timorasso grape, as well as a result of the terroir from this part of Piemonte. Vigneti Massa, Costa del Vento 2005 Borgo del Tiglio’s Studio di Bianco 1996 was an absolute masterpiece. Aromatically this wine slayed me. I could have spent all night simply…

    Joanie Karapetian/ Italian Wine Geek- 8 readers -
  • Chalk Hills Estate Vineyards & Winery

    …, equestrian pavilion, sports fields, fishing and swimming ponds and a wilderness area. The winery makes limited quantities of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Red, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Semillon as well as several small lot wines. VITICULTURE: From dramatic hillsides to vineyard gardens, from dry creek beds to forests of native oak, the most…

    WineStylesin Pinot Noir Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay- 7 readers -
  • The Slate.com “Against Hoppy Beer” Debate: A Whine That’s Aging VERY Badly

    … already made their peace with what are sometimes called “excesses”: forward fruit, excessive tannins, lavish oak, over-extraction, terroir, etc., etc., etc. Craft beer fans have this new controversy in their teeth and are shaking it like the family dog gnawing down on a slipper. Have none of us ever stopped into some winery where we just didn’t like…

    The Pour Fool- 3 readers -
  • Tramin Pinot Grigio Südtirol Alto Adige 2013

    …: To craft an “authentic expressions of a unique terroir, each bottle contains a compendium of philosophy of life and work: rigor, dedication, confidence and creativity”. Winemaking: Grapes are cultivated by “growers who spend their time and passion between the vines, which in many cases were planted by their ancestors”. All vineyards are cultivated…

    the buddha in your glass- 9 readers -
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