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Solid evidence for terroir influence on wine flavour

I recently stumbled across what seems to be solid evidence for some effects of terroir on wine. It is not new research, but for some reason it had managed to elude me, and was only brought to my attention by … Continue reading

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Tasting French Terroir – book review

This time, I review the book Tasting French Terroir, subtitled The History of an Idea, by Michael Parker. At Amazon it costs around £20. Firstly, the title: I am not really sure why the word tasting features here at all, as it  has a surprisingly … Continue reading

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Vines as a component of terroir

I am probably a lot more sceptical about the concept of terroir than most wine lovers.  Nevertheless, I do find the subject fascinating, and it leads to many insights.  When people speak about terroir, they use it to refer to the vineyard rock, … Continue reading

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Terroir scepticism again

Three years on and I am still waiting for someone to take on my Terroir Test and show positive results. I have not been holding my breath for the Terroir Test in particular, but I was rather hoping that someone somewhere would come … Continue reading

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Le Nez du Terroir

The trend may have passed you by, but dirt tastings are becoming increasingly popular.  Yes, really!  Punters are invited to smell and taste soil along with the produce of that soil, and the astute taster will spot the ways in which … Continue reading

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A sense of place

When I was learning “how to appreciate wine”, I seem to remember being told that a quality wine could be identified by its length and complexity.  I am not sure I was totally convinced –  shouldn’t the wine taste nice … Continue reading

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Eucalyptus, garrigue and terroir

We have known for some time that eucalyptus trees are responsible for the eucalyptus nature of some Australian wines, but now the mechanism for the transfer of the aroma from tree to wine is clearer. Dr Dimitra Capone recently presented research (Update: that … Continue reading

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Minerality in wine

Various online wine forums were buzzing with discussions on minerality a few weeks ago.  I have taken part in the discussions on the UK Wine Forum and WLDG, and Jancis Robinson also joined in with a contribution in the FT on the … Continue reading

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Terroir-transparency

It seem that these days the biggest compliment you can pay a wine is to say that it expresses the terroir well, or it is very terroir-transparent.  At least I presume it is a compliment, as you tend not to hear … Continue reading

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The Terroir Test

As those who know me are probably aware, I am a terroir sceptic.  If you are going to include regional climate in your definition of terroir, then OK I would agree that is important, but I would call that climate … Continue reading

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