- posted 12 years ago
It's becoming evident to me that (along with waves of periodic publicity, and different interpretations of the term) "terroir" as a subject of discussion evokes a variety of assumptions or "baggage." Below, summary of an ongoing discussion:
1. MS, 13Nov03: "French grapes struggle with bad weather, no irrigation, hungry crows. California grapes are pampered with water, sun, heat. There is no question why French wines have more local personality than California wines."
2. RR, 27Mar06: "According to [posting above], French wines will always be superior to Californian because they're, well, French."
3. MH, 12Apr07: "I don't read [comment above] to claim French wines are 'superior to' California wines ..."
4. RR, 12Apr07: "Hmm. So bad weather, dryfarming and crows only exist in France?"
5. MH, 12Apr07: "I don't take the comment that way at all."
6. RR, 12Apr07: "It is a pretense that only France 'suffers' and therefore experiences more 'character' in her vineyards."