Great article! Thanks...I think it is very important that wine be understood as an agricultural product of vine, terre, earth. Wine is a gout de terroir (taste of a place), rather than a homogenized beverage such as Diet Coke. All wine regions of the world began somewhere in time....the European grape vine (vitis vinifera) is actually native to Transcaucasia, the Fertile Crescent...10, 000 years ago, domesticated by Neolithic man. We owe it all to the Romans and Gauls who transported these noble vines to Europe--Italy, France, and Spain. ...and then later by others to the Americas. Each region has its own learning curve, its own beautiful history of food and wine. What is Gascony without Armagnac and ortolans?
In Georgia, we have truly just begun. But we follow in the footsteps of many before us and can learn from their (as well as our own) mistakes and triumphs. The bottom line is that wine is a product of **farming**--in some areas it is easier than others. Thomas Jefferson, our nation's first oenophile, certainly would be proud to see the wine grape cultivated in so many states of his beloved country. Thank you!
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