The Geography of Wine: How Landscapes, Cultures, Terroir, and the Weather Make a Good Drop

The Geography of Wine: How Landscapes, Cultures, Terroir, and the Weather Make a Good Drop

5.0 1
by Brian J. Sommers
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Wine is more than taste, smell, and appearance—it is a reflection of a place and its people. Why is Bordeaux a great place for red wines? Why do some places produce Rieslings and others produce Chardonnay? A fun and fascinating examination of terroir (the French word for the geography of a vineyard) this book takes connoisseurs—and

Overview

Wine is more than taste, smell, and appearance—it is a reflection of a place and its people. Why is Bordeaux a great place for red wines? Why do some places produce Rieslings and others produce Chardonnay? A fun and fascinating examination of terroir (the French word for the geography of a vineyard) this book takes connoisseurs—and potential connoisseurs—on a tour of wine regions, and explains the principles geographers use to understand the critical factors that make up the “wine character” of a place. From the Loire Valley to Napa Valley, Madeira to South Africa, Australia to Chile, The Geography of Wine is an entertaining and informative introduction to viticulture for worldly wine lovers everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Sommers, a professor of geography, explains the role that landscape, history, economics and culture play in wine regions from Burgundy to Australia to California. While the varied microclimates of the Rhineland, for example, and unique soil of Bordeaux make for exquisite Riesling from the former and the characteristic cabernet sauvignon of the latter, environmental conditions like these are but one part of viticulture's complex geography. Historical factors such as colonialism, trade and urbanization also determine what wines are cultivated and where. As well, the economic geography of contemporary vineyards is ever-evolving: retail venues and the marketability of a product vary enormously, the Internet has broadened the market for wine and conglomerates are an increasing presence. In his wide-ranging analysis of the obvious and imperceptible elements that characterize a wine region and its rewards, Sommers tips his glass to the steadfast amour between viticulture and geography. (Mar.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101213544
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
886,727
File size:
799 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

The Geography of Wine: How Landscapes, Cultures, Terroir, and the Weather Make a Good Drop 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago