An entertaining way of increasing your understanding of the concept of “terroir”. We begin with a little history of what has become known as The Burgundy Effect and how the search for the right environment around the world to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay created a revolution. Then, we follow with a movie following seven Burgundian winemakers across the four seasons of a single year with their families as they strive to achieve perfection in their wine.
Want to understand more about why some wines made from the same grape can be so different? Want to feel more confident when visiting a vineyard and during a wine tasting? Then here’s the key to it all: understanding a little about grape varieties is basic level knowledge for wine appreciation, but it is only through considering the defining elements of “terroir” and their affect on any grape (and therefore the finished wine product) that your wine appreciation will rise to greater heights.
Ever wondered why you “think” you taste blackcurrants in a Malbec or gooseberries in Sauvignon Blanc? Or why some people taste liquorice and cigar box in some wines and you don’t? Here’s the answer to those flavours in wine tasting ..... a little understanding of chemistry will show you that NONE of these fruits etc actually exist in a wine, and that an inability to detect them should NOT discourage you from visiting vineyards, exploring new grapes, new wines, new countries. Travel the world of wine at home too ..... try something different!
Most of us are creatures of habit, we buy food from the same store regularly, we buy sirloin steak rather than rump, we travel the same route to work and do the same things every day when we arrive. We do this because we like familiarity and build up a level of trust or comfort … Continue reading Finding a winemaker you trust
I recently tasted a hand harvested Chardonnay from Kumeu River Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand and which is often set alongside Chardonnay based wines from Meursault, St Aubin, Puligny Montrachet, Chablis and others in Burgundy. I fear that this does many wines such as this an injustice..... if you want to taste and appreciate a … Continue reading It just isn’t Burgundy!