Wine people know their geography. Not just the different countries and the wine growing regions within them, but also the soil and landscape types that grapes are grown in. This notion of "terrior" or "sense of place" is extremely important when learning about wine.
"At its core, terrior is the assumption that the land from the which the grapes are grown imparts a unique quality that is specific to that region." Blah blah blah right? Sounds pretty boring but, terrior has everything to do with the essence of the wine we drink. It's the personality of the wine. If you're drinking a spanish tempranillo, try to be in the moment and you'll really be able to taste the extreme sun and dry earth. Even if you've never been to Spain, the idea that you have in your head of what Spain is like will come out when you're tasting the wine. So everytime you're picking a new bottle to enjoy, think of it as a direct flight for one to your region of choice.
Callie Exas has just launched her wine career at New York Wine Co. in Manhattan. So far so good!
A lesson in terroir
- Reply by Mark Angelillo, May 13, 2008.
Hmm... makes even some more expensive bottles seem relatively cheap compared to the cost of travel!