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Wine and Place: A Terroir Reader

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by Tim Patterson & J. Buechenstein
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The concept of terroir is one of the most controversial in the wine industry. That flavor and aroma are impacted by climate, soil conditions, and aspect is generally accepted; but to what degree might a wine possess a distinct sense of place? "For every advocate there is a skeptic." This book provides a collection of essays and research written by winemakers, scientists, and wine critics that offer a full spectrum of the points of view in support and in criticism of the concept of terroir. Some of the voices represented include Matt Kramer on "The Notion of Terroir;" Harold McGee and Daniel Patterson from "Talk Dirt to Me;" Mark Matthews, "A Brief History of Plant Biology in Relation to Terroir;" and Robert Pincus, "Wine, Place, and Identity in a Changing Climate." Tim Patterson was an award-winning home winemaker and author of several books including Home Winemaking for Dummies and Concannon: The First One Hundred and Twenty-five Years. He was also a columnist for Wines & Vines and a contributor to numerous books, magazines, and websites. John Buechsenstein is a winemaker and wine educator. He is past president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and coauthor of the Standardized System of Wine Aroma Terminology, among other titles. approximately 300 pages plus substantial bibliography. Academic in nature but approachable and engaging for professionals and serious enthusiasts.

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