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

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  • Copyright: 2/26/2008
  • Publisher: Plume

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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.

Table of Contents

Geography and the Study of Winep. 1
Wine Landscapes and Regionsp. 11
Saint-Emilionp. 19
The Climatology of Viticulturep. 23
Spainp. 40
Microclimate and Winep. 45
The Rhine and Its Tributariesp. 55
Grapes, Soil, and Terriorp. 59
Bordeauxp. 78
Biogeography and the Grapep. 83
The Loire Valleyp. 95
Viticulture, Agriculture, and Natural Hazardsp. 101
Californiap. 122
Wine and Geographic Information Systemsp. 127
Oregon and Washington Statep. 136
Winemaking and Geographyp. 141
Oporto and Cadizp. 151
Wine Diffusion, Colonialism, and Political Geographyp. 157
South Africa and Chilep. 169
Urbanization and the Wine Geographyp. 175
Burgundyp. 179
Economic Geography and Winep. 187
Australiap. 195
Communism, Geography, and Winep. 199
Eastern Europep. 207
Geography and Wine's Competitors: Beer, Cider, and Distilled Spiritsp. 211
Scotlandp. 219
Wine, Culture, and the Geography of Temperancep. 223
America East of the Rockiesp. 230
Regional Identity, Wine, and Multinationalsp. 235
Champagnep. 249
Localism and Wine Tourismp. 253
Central Italyp. 259
Where Wine Takes Mep. 263
Appendixp. 273
Further Readingp. 277
Indexp. 281
Photo Creditsp. 291
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