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Terroir Changes its Meaning with Time
Attributed to: Schoonmaker, Frank
Source: The Schoonmaker Encyclopedia of Wine (1955) The Schoonmaker Encyclopedia of Wine (1988).
Contributed by: Anon

"Terroir (tear-wahr) means earth or soil in French. Certain wines have a persistent earthy flavour, called goût de terroir [taste of terroir]. Superior wines rarely if ever have any of this". (1955 edition)

"In addition to meaning earth or soil, terroir is also now being used to describe not only the soil but rather the entire climatic conditions of a vineyard [usually associated with superior wines]". (1988 edition)


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