Definition of terroir
: the combination of factors including soil, climate, and sunlight that gives wine grapes their distinctive character
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Compared with Bergen’s rugged terroir, the area around Copenhagen, the birthplace of New Nordic, is as bright and balmy as the South of France.
Like a fine wine, Walla Walla sweets reify their terroir; their sweetness comes from a low amount of sulfur in the soil of the region (which also happens to produce fine wine).
With the ascendance of Burgundy, with its emphasis on place and terroir over age, more and more regions have redefined themselves in Burgundian terms.
One scene offers a glimpse of Sparrow’s origin story, which could be rich cinematic terroir, but rendered with digital airbrushing, the zombie youth-effect is distracting.
Irving Fain, Bowery's cofounder and CEO, likens it to wine terroir.
The winemaking is unobtrusive, and its principal aim is to reveal the magic combination of the grape variety, the terroir and the vintage.
Yet behind those fancy labels and bottles and newfangled chemical manipulation, the biggest factor influencing the price of wine is an old one: terroir, or the qualities a wine draws from the region where it was grown.
Yet chocolate, like wine, has the potential to present wildly varied flavors that reflect both genetics and terroir, the singular taste of place owing to environmental conditions such as soil quality and climate.
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Origin and Etymology of terroir
French, land, country, stretch of land in reference to its agricultural features, from Old French tieroir, from Vulgar Latin *terratorium, alteration of Latin territorium
First Known Use: 1863See Words from the same year
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