By Jamie Goode
Naturalness is a sizzling subject within the wine international. yet what precisely is a "natural wine"? For this pioneering e-book, best-selling wine author Jamie Goode has teamed up with winemaker and grasp of Wine Sam Harrop to discover the big variety of matters surrounding authenticity in wine. they start by means of emphasizing that wine's range, one among its strengths, is presently less than chance from more and more homogenized advertisement wines that lack a feeling of position. Drawing on a world array of examples and anecdotes, Goode and Harrop learn advanced concepts--terroir, biodynamics, and sustainability--in transparent language. additionally they talk about subject matters together with cultured and wild yeasts, wine "faults," the carbon footprint of the wine undefined, "natural" as a advertising idea, and extra. genuine Wine illuminates a subject matter of significant curiosity to wine manufacturers, shoppers, and somebody puzzling over the place the wine is headed.
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The response of vignerons was one of panic, but this time, science provided an answer fairly rapidly. French scientists discovered that dusting the vines with elemental sulfur provided protection against the fungus, and by 1858 oidium was in retreat, albeit through the use of a chemical solution. In the 1880s, while France was in the throes of dealing with phylloxera, a second fungal disease from America, downy mildew (caused by Plasmopara viticola), hit the vines. In this case, another chemical solution was found by serendipity: Bordeaux mixture, a combination of lime, copper sulfate, and water.
We end this chapter with another quote from McGee and Patterson’s New York Times Magazine article “Talk Dirt to Me” (6 May 2007): If rocks were the key to the ﬂavor of “somewhereness,” then it would be simple to counterfeit terroir with a few mineral saltshakers. But the essence of wine is more elusive than that, and far richer. ” 36 • TERROIR 4 GRAFTED VINES With their slate soils and steep slopes, the Erdener Prälat, Urziger Würzgarten, and Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyards of Germany’s Mosel region are some of the most spectacular and scarily steep vineyards anywhere.
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