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.
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  • Petit Manseng Impresses at the 2014 Virginia Wine Summit

    … produced outside of the Jurancon region in southwest France, wine enthusiasts are likely more familiar with the sweeter versions. “Petit Manseng does not show terroir well and can hamper the beauty of so many sites in Virginia,” said Harris. “Part of our charm is the diversity of terroirs and how transparent they can be.” “With that being said…

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  • Holman Ranch: Carmel Valley’s whole package

    … virtually all of it! He and his wife grew up in Napa and Sonoma and they still live in the Napa Valley. View Ward's WineLog and check out the wines he's recommended with his WKBadges. Follow him on Twitter and Like Vinopanion on Facebook. Contact him: "Ward at WineLog.net". Ward happily accepts samples but does not guarantee a review, positive or negative. …

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  • Wine of the Day November 21, 2014

    …, white peach, apple-skin, papaya and sea brine with loamy earth and wild herbs. This is vivid, eye popping Gruner with citrus rind and pip bitter elements, it finishes dusty crisp and vigorously fresh, this is glorious and would be a must have with food wine, enjoy with sea food, pork and poultry and lighter not overly spicy Asian cuisine, drink from 2015 to 2022. ($43 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive This entry was posted in Wine Articles, Wine Reviews on November 21, 2014 by admin.…

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  • Bella Wines harmonizes with a bubbly quartet

    … and 95 cases of 375 ml bottles). The grapes are from Secrest Mountain Vineyards, a high elevation vineyard northwest of Oliver. The winery calls this “our confident and bright little one.” I preferred this slightly above the others. It is a crisp and elegant sparkling with citrus and ripe apple flavours back with minerality. 90. Bella Oliver-Eastside…

    John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine- 4 readers -

    … toward classic elegance and a respect for tradition. Lafite Reserve Speciale is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot (40%) from properties in the Pauillac appellation. And the 2010 vintage for this area was rated a 90/100 by Wine Spectator. In the glass, the wine presents medium garnet and a nose of classic Bordeaux in a balancing act so…

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  • Tavel – A Rosé to Revere

    … Home Wine Regions French Wine Tavel – A Rosé to Revere by Tim Lemke - Nov 19, 2014 If you’ve ever been to southern France, you know that rosé wines are the thing to drink there. Some of them are good, some of them are great, but the ones I most want to drink are Tavel. Located on the right bank of the Rhone River, Tavel has just over 900…

    Tim Lemke/ CheapWineRatings.com- 1 readers -
  • Grapes, Not Wines, Are Impacted by AVAs

    … There is a good case to be made that when comparing the French Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) system with the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system, it is the American system of delineating grape growing regions that is far more invested in the theory of terroir than the French AOC system. This point concerning the relative commitment…

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  • Deconstructing the Masseto vineyard: Scion and rootstock

    …Masseto is one of the the world's leading Merlot wines and its 6.63 ha vineyard is ensconced within the confines of the larger Ornellaia vineyard in Bolgheri, Tuscany. It has been difficult to obtain information on the details of this vineyard so I have undertaken the task of deconstructing it using data from publicly available sources as well…

    Wine -- Mise en abymein Merlot- 1 readers -
  • Wine of the Day November 19, 2014

    2013 Kruger-Rumpf, Riesling, Munsterer Dautenpflanzer, Spatlese, Nahe Germany. Georg Rumpf’s 2012’s were stunning Rieslings and these 2013’s from a much more difficult year are almost a match, especially this beautifully balanced Spatlese Munsterer Dautenpflanzer, it just might be the best Riesling for the money you can find this year.

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  • Sherry by Talia Baiocchi

    …, and cocktails. She has also written for other outlets, including Wine Spectator, San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, Bon Appétit, and Wine & Spirits. Available as a hardcover or e-book, this Sherry guide presents seven chapters, with an informative appendix on "Where To Find Sherry." The first two chapters, How Sherry Is Made and Wines of the Sherry…

    Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie- 2 readers -
  • The power of great tradition

    … of this character (especially the herbal, spicy bit, along with red-black fruit traces) on a maturing Cape syrah I opened recently: Quoin Rock 2006. Quoin Rock was perhaps the best of the Stellenbosch shirazes for a while – I haven’t had it recently and there is now more than a little competition in this comparatively restrained, elegant style from Reyneke above…

    Tim James/ GrapeGrapein Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Top 10 Takeaways: WTC 2014

    …, data mining, and more. Vintank revolutionizes wine industry technology for the Napa Valley and beyond. 6. Lunabean Media | Willamette Valley Lunabean Media co-Founder Jeremy Schubert slashed and burned through social media strategies for fine-tuning Facebook audiences. Lunabean Media targets corporations and wineries in premium pinot wine region…

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