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Rocks in Your Wine (May 28, 2003)

Wine mavens talk a lot about "terroir" – a French term that embraces the physical influences on a grape vine, including the earth in which it is grown and the climate around it.

Terroir will influence the taste of the wine according to the soil composition. One California vintner has gone one step further in influencing the taste of his wine. Randall Grahm, the man who introduced Rhône grape varieties into California and created a Rhône-style blend he calls Le Cigare Volante, wants to put sacks of rock chips to macerate in his wine prior to bottling. He plans to bottle two versions of Le Cigare Volante if he gets the green light from Californian wine authorities – one with the rock chip flavour and one without.

Grahm claims that this is not a "publicity stunt or a crazy idea from a drug-addled child of the '60s... minerality is the key to distinctiveness in wines," he argues. "If soil types influence wine in the vineyard then why not take the process one step further?"

Cigare Volant is French for "flying saucer." Grahm named his wine as homage to a Rhône village whose local council passed a resolution forbidding flying saucers to land in their vineyards. So far the law has proven effective.

 

 

 

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