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    Is “terroir” a social construct, or an objective fact?

    … with the creativity of man elevates the entire wine-forming formula into what he calls “cru.”) Whether or not you include the grower and winemaker along with climate and soil in your definition of terroir, for Michaux, is irrelevant. For she believes that the end quality of a wine, as well as its critical reception in the marketplace, is due to neither…

    7 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    A reader comment prompts me to again address the California bashers

    …   It is fairly common, in the anecdote-sphere (a universe parallel to the blogosphere), for knowledgeable people to say that superpremium California wine is nearly impossible to sell back East, or even east of the Rockies. According to this take, nobody in America likes California wine anymore, except, possibly, Californians—and even…

    6 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    I weigh in on Jamie Goode’s post on “natural wine”

    …   As reluctant as I am to enter the minefield of any discussion about “natural wine,” I’m going to do so, because I have views on the topic, and because Jamie Goode just won a Wine Bloggers Award and if he can opine on the subject, so can I! Jamie supported natural wine rather obliquely the other day on his blog. He didn’t quite come out…

    6 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Terroir vs. personal preference: the critic’s dilemma?

    …   Should the critic base her score/review on personal preference, or on whether or not the winemaker has allowed “the terroir to speak”? That question arose, yet again, at the recent Wine Bloggers Conference. It’s an old debate, one that’s as hard to frame as it is to answer. What does it mean to allow “the terroir to speak”? Who decides…

    3 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Rose Revolution: Better Dead than Red

    … World winemakers unite! Admittedly I have Communism and Leon Trotsky on the brain thanks to having just finished Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, The Lacuna. However, the notion that winemakers are globally uniting to produce rosé wines is not that far-fetched, at least not in terms of the depth and breadth of these wines now being produced. While…

    3 readers - By It's A Winederful Life

    It’s Complicated… but does it have to be?

    … to take a similar tack when explaining simple concepts about wine to our students? As a refreshing antidote to encyclopedic tomes, Tom Stevenson has written “a [wine] book for people who don’t want to read about wine.” Stevenson’s newest book, Buy the Right Wine Every Time, The No-Fuss, No-Vintage Wine Guide, offers a simple, straightforward…

    3 readers - By It's A Winederful Life

    The Move To Napa: Chatting with Elizabeth Smith on Blog Talk Radio

    … willing to work hard, and you’re willing to risk it all to live the life you desire. Interview Link: The Move To Napa: Chatting with Elizabeth Smith (Just a heads-up: It’s true that you can take the girl out of the South, but not take the South out of the girl!) Love and wine for all! Beth …

    1 readers - By Traveling Wine Chick