Geography of Wine

“Why does a Chablis from France, made from the Chardonnay grape, have a steely, minerally, austere taste while a California Chardonnay often has a fruit forward nose with hints of vanilla spice? Or even more importantly, why do American wines have the grape variety prominently displayed on the label, while European wines rarely do, preferring…

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Do you think your ‘wine is salty’?

Annaliese Griffin wroted yesterday an excellent article about the new buzzword to describe minerality in wines at quartzty.qz.com She states that, indeed, some wine descriptions make inherent sense, like saying that a rosé has grapefruit notes or that a big California red had jammy qualities. But for example, to describe a Muscadet you might hear that someone loves its…

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