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NVWA Soils

Four distinct soil types behind some of the world’s greatest wines.

4 Soils Behind the Wines You Love Terroir is an almost mystical French word. English has loose equivalents for it. Its most basic meaning is that wine is primarily the product of climate, soil and environment. A great misconception about soil is that it is always a primary agent of a wine’s flavor, meaning that …

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On Minerality in Wine

A frequently cited, but just as frequently misunderstood characteristic in many wines, “minerality” belongs in every Napa Valley Wine Academy student’s sensory repertoire.

Minerality is an umbrella category encompassing such aroma and flavor descriptors as wet rock or stone, chalk, flint, crushed gravel and slate, among others.

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