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Have you ever been surprised when a glass of wine you ordered was much different than you expected? A single varietal can express many different characteristics depending largely upon where it was grown.

Although this difference can sometimes be affected by cellar manipulation, usually it’s a matter of what wine people call “terroir”.

Terrior is defined as “the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.  The characteristic taste and flavor imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced.”

Have you ever compared your favorite varietals from different locations?  What words come to mind when you see “Chardonnay”? “Oakey” and “buttery” are overwhelmingly used to describe this versatile grape.  However, they’re the last words that come to mind when I taste a crisp Chardonnay from Chablis, France! 

If you’re interested in learning more about how terroir affects your favorite wines, check out my next event, “Vino vs. Vino”.  We’ll be blind tasting 4 wines from California and France and discussing some of the major differences in these esteemed wine producing regions.

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When did a wine last surprise you?


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