Course: Understanding Wine

Class 7: New World Model: California


This tasting, unlike the previous tastings in this course, focuses on a single variety and spotlights the differences that climate, soil and style make in a wine.

  • Old World vintners have determined the optimal combinations of vines and terroir -- a process of trial "and" error experimentation that dates back centuries -- and have made wine that uniquely expresses both.
  • In the New World, the process of matching soil and grapes is still in its youth. Furthermore, terroir can be overshadowed by the bigger, fruitier, more ebullient characteristics of wines made in warmer climates such as California.

As you proceed with the summary, keep these fundamental differences in mind.



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