Restaurant Spotlight: Terra Terroir

A husband and wife–run oasis for wine lovers, tucked in a modest Georgia shopping center
Restaurant Spotlight: Terra Terroir
Enjoy Georgia's warmer seasons in Terra Terroir's greenery-shrouded outdoor seating area. (Courtesy of Terra Terroir)
Feb 13, 2020

Tim and Mary Moore’s restaurant in Brookhaven, Ga., has a particularly vinous name, Terra Terroir, and it’s appropriately supported by a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence–winning wine list. Chef Charles Zeran’s menu, largely focused on French and American dishes, is matched by a 220-label wine list overseen by wine director Chris Driollet. An impressive showing of Burgundian varietals, from both France and California, leads to an array of American Cabernets and Italian reds to enhance the menu’s steak and bison dishes. Additional focuses on dessert wines and Mediterranean grapes are bolstered by a strong selection of by-the-glass options throughout the list, with numerous Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris offerings to pair with lighter seafood fare.

The space includes three private dining rooms, a greenery-filled patio and a wine cave, where Driollet offers 90-minute wine tastings for up to eight guests featuring rare pours and exciting recent discoveries. Winemakers are occasionally invited to lead tastings in the restaurant's garden. Such events, combined with abundant bottles under $100, create an atmosphere that encourages both an understanding and appreciation for a diverse collection of wines.

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