Mapping Terroir

You don’t need a passport; Mapping Terroir takes us to famous winemaking regions and historical spirits locales across the globe. Armchair travel through regions, appellations and places (terroir). Discover why they are essential aspects that help shape our favorite bottles.

Priorat wine region
The Mystical and Mountainous Priorat Wine Region

The landscape of Spain’s Priorat wine region is dramatic. It’s a tiny area, a mere…

South African wine
Tasting South Africa’s Winemaking Renaissance 

When South Africa ended its morally grotesque and legally binding apartheid on April 27, 1994,…

Cava classifications
How Cava Bridges Ancient and Modern Winemaking Across Spain 

Dismissed by many as a cheap and cheerful, but inherently basic bubbly, the stereotypes that…

Umbria wine region
The Green Heart of Italy: Umbria

Dubbed ‘the green heart of Italy” for its breathtaking biodiversity, the Umbria wine region stretches…

Abruzzo
Don’t Underestimate the Wildly Diverse Wines of Abruzzo

You could say the wines of Abruzzo suffer from an identity crisis. Many consider Abruzzese…

Rocks District of Milton-Freewater
The Rockin’ Rhône Wines of The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater

Growing up, I had one of those Matryoshka (stacking) dolls. Inside one was another. Inside that,…

Red Mountain Wine Exudes Old World Elegance, New World Opulence

Wanting to have it—whatever it is—both ways is a very human desire. There are few concrete examples…

texas map
Discover Texas Wine and Its 8 Official Growing Areas

Vineyards that make Texas wine, similar to those living in the Lone Star State, are…

chianti vs chianti classico
Understanding Chianti vs Chianti Classico Through Their Tangled Pasts

Trying to understand Chianti vs Chianti Classico is a little like driving in Italy –…

San Luis Obispo Coast
Coast Meets Vines: The ‘Cool’ San Luis Obispo Coast AVA

Nestled along the Pacific Ocean, on the central coast of California, lies the San Luis…

Lake Chelan wine
A Taste of Lake Chelan Wine: 4 Exemplary Wineries To Try

Washington State’s Lake Chelan is one of the deepest in the U.S., shimmering with beauty…

Cienega Valley
The Cienega Valley Soil Secret That Gifts Affordable Bourgogne-Style Wines

As Bourgogne wine prices continue to skyrocket, consumers search for more affordable options elsewhere. Unfortunately,…