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
    • Do we overstate the importance of terroir?

      Do we make too much of terroir? Once in a while, it’s good for us to question ourselves. Far too often we assume that our perspective is the only one, and we fail to acknowledge that others can see the world quite differently, without necessarily being wrong. So I’d like to begin to question some of my views in public. One of these is my belief that terroir is central to fine wine.

      jamie goode's wine blog- 4 readers -
    • Rockss and Fruit

      My mother, may she rest in peace, taught me many lessons, many I have forgotten but one that I did not, was that being a snob is a good thing. It means you know what you like and can discern differences between things to assess quality and preference. The term wine snob can be thrown around but in this golden age of wine that we live in, what does it really mean? Sorry to go a ...

      Lyle Fass/ Rockss and Fruit- 3 readers -
  • The WineFashionista Guide to the Best Wine Holiday Gifts

    … French oak from barrels that have aged Napa Valley Cabernet. Talk about terroir. The bangles are hexagon-shaped and pieces of oak staves alternate with white, pink or green lucite. The oak has a beautiful wine colored stain. You’ll also find other wine inspired pieces, including the Terroir necklace, with an oval pendant with wine appellation maps…

    WineFashionista- 1 readers -
  • Wine of the Day December 18, 2014

    … to offer, and the Minges wines are wonderfully distinct and complex. Theo thinks of himself as a winegrower and does very minimal cellar tinkering, he wants true terroir expressions, he ferments using native/natural fermentations and leaves the wine on it’s gross lees for an extended period of time, and uses almost no added sulphur, just a bit…

    grapelive.comin Riesling- 3 readers -
  • Wine of the Week: Fongaro Brut from Veneto

    … December 17, 2014 · 10:13 pm In keeping with this month’s sparkling wine focus, this week’s Wine of the Week is a brut sparkling wine from Fongaro, a winery in the Veneto. I first heard of this winery in 2010 when they participated in an event held by Vinitaly in the United States. I was struck by the wine and the grape variety, Durella…

    avvinarein Riesling- 7 readers -
  • Drew Walker – Sommelier

    … that Edmond Vatan is in semi-retirement, the wines are becoming harder and harder to find. One of my mother’s favourite dishes is an asparagus quiche with goats cheese and fresh dill. This wine’s aromatic profile offers a clear definition of citrus and stone so its vibrancy and minerality would be a luxurious pairing with the hints of green asparagus…

    Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLeanin Sauvignon Blanc- 5 readers -
  • Collazzi Libertá Will Get Your Spirits Soaring

    … - Collazzi Libertá 2012, Toscana Cost: $23-25 Balance usually is the key to any good wine, especially a blend. That is what you will find in the Collazzi Libertá, a delightful Tuscan blend. Some would call this wine a Super Tuscan because it focuses on the French grapes of Merlot and Syrah instead of the traditional Sangiovese. I prefer…

    Dennis Sodomka/ BottleReport.comin Cabernet Franc Syrah- 2 readers -
  • Yellow Wine Odyssey.

    … the answer, but I’m curious … and I think it’s an interesting conversation if you’re a geek and you love these wines. The question of terroir expression in yellow wine is another beast entirely. To be honest, the thought of terroir and voile first entered my brain in connection with sherry, because I find my favorite Finos and Manzanillas…

    Sophie's Glass- 8 readers -
  • Holiday Booklist

    … Book gift picks for the holiday season. Looking for a gift idea for the oenophile who has everything? As part of our ongoing series on wine reads, here are some suggestions from the genre for the wine geek who loves to learn. An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir by Deirdre Heekin First things first…

    Mike Madaio/ Pennsylvania Vine Company- 2 readers -
  • From the slopes of an American Olympus...

    … From the slopes of an American Olympus... an ideal label - simple, elegant, evocative. Last week I tasted a sangiovese that was vinified from grapes grown adjacent to Thomas Jefferson's original plot at Monticello. The vintner, Gabriele Rausse, has for decades made the wine behind various Virginia labels, including his own…

    Jim Conaway/ Nose- 4 readers -
  • Riesling & Dessert: A Radiant Pairing

    … Pound Cake. To make this pairing extra special, I tasted the wine first, analyzed what flavors and textures would pair with a heavy pound cake, and the very “pretty” wine. Here’s what paired: Dark Chocolate Truffle Mousse layered between Sara Lee Poundcake with Hibiscus Crystals and a Dragon Fruit Sauce. This pairing was delicious, and while the wine…

    Sara Lehman/ Somm In The City in Cabernet Sauvignon- 6 readers -
  • Exploring The Terroir Of Chile

    … is certainly no stranger to South America now, however, as illustrated by this recent tasting, and this one, and this one. It makes sense that ambitious winemakers would now want to take things a step further and start delving into the subtleties of terroir. The word “terroir” refers to all the factors affecting a certain patch of land, be it soil…

    Odd Bacchus- 2 readers -
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