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Rockin’ Wine

Rockin’ Wine

News , Wine Science 🕔April 28, 2016 0 comments

Rock and wine is as perfect a combination as… well… rock and roll!

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No, not like that. Although we freely admit that wine and whiskey stones (which are literally rocks that you chill and add to your drink) are a wondrous invention. No melting ice to dilute the taste!

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And not like that. While the marble glasses are lovely, that’s wine in rocks, not rocks in wine.

No, we’re referring to minerality, or terroir-driven wines. According to VinePair:

“Terroir is a French term that simply means ‘a sense of place’… Terroir at its most basic is a belief that the land and climate where the grapes are grown impart unique characteristics into the grape that could not be imparted by any other region of the world.”

But what’s the science behind minerality?

Well, it comes down to geology and the type of soil in any given region. The bedrock determines water retention, and which nutrients will be found in the topsoil.

“…limestone is a basic component (on the pH scale), and thus provides acid in finished wines. Clay, on the other hand, retains water, and is dominated by other minerals like calcium carbonate. Combine that mix with interspersed areas of gravel and shale, and the geologic winemaking cocktail becomes increasingly complex, as do the wines.”

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For example, France’s Jura region is named for the Jurassic Period in which clay, marl and gravel were forced upward through a limestone base formed by receding seas. Or consider Burgundy, where only limestone and marl were exposed. Don’t forget Sicily, where still-active volcanoes from ages past have rained down ash for millennia, bathing the soil with minerals like iron, sulfur and magnesium.

Each of these geological recipes makes for a different set of tastes in the finished wine.

So when we’re talking about minerality – or rock and wine – we’re actually talking about the history of the earth itself… History you can taste! Now that rocks!

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And while this stone wine rack is really another example of what we really didn’t mean… we have to admit, it’s a cool homage to the variety of flavor you get when your wine is rockin’.

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