|In the cellars at Zaca Mesa winery|
Farmers throughout France understand implicitly that wine, coffee, fruits, vegetables, even cheeses, assume a taste which reflects their geography. Grapes grown in Burgundy produce wines that evoke the soil and sun of that region. Sheep grazing in the Loire Valley make chèvre which has delicate notes of the grass and rain there.
|One of my favorite spots in Santa Ynez, California|
My husband and I adore the Santa Ynez Valley of California, just north of Santa Barbara, for its terroir. As we taste pinot noir and syrah and viogner throughout the valley, we truly do get a sense for the land. After we return home and open one of our souvenir bottles, we are transported to cool, misty mornings and sun-drenched hillsides with ripe grapes on a vine. The aroma and taste of the wine reminds us immediately of that place and that time.
Every time you uncork a bottle of wine or brew a cup of coffee, allow your nose and palate to experience fully its provenance. Really take time to savor and you'll be carried away.