Too Many Good Choices: The Under-appreciated Wines of the Mosel

Wine from Europe is similarly the product of a time, people and culture.  The modern marketplace has chosen to elevate certain regions -- Bordeaux and Burgundy -- to dizzying heights while relegating others to lower shelves or back corners of the store.  However, those regions with long winemaking traditions continue as they always have, regardless of the price their wines fetch.  One such region, which deserves much more attention, is the Mosel in Germany.  

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The Preoccupation with Provenance: What is Terroir in Wine?

Terroir.  Spend enough time drinking wine and it is inevitable that you will end up talking to someone about terroir and how it is a French word with no exact translation in English.  This, in turn, will be followed by a litany of factors which may include, soil, topography, macroclimate, mesoclimate, microclimate, proximity to water, and perhaps even more indefinite variables such as local culture and the “winemaker’s thumbprint.”

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