I started drawing maps for the tastings I was leading partly as a way to learn for myself, and partly because a lot of the wines I was most excited by were coming from places that weren’t well-represented by classic wine education materials at all.
Along the way, I realized that there was an internal logic to the wine regions I was trying to get to know. The vines in the ground and who grew them and the styles of wine they made and our access to them weren’t arbitrary — they happened for a reason.
If you knew where the wind blew and the water flowed, what the soil was like and where the ground changed, you could just about guess where the interesting places to make wine were going to be.
And if you knew things like the language kids in the area grew up speaking at home before they went to state school, and where the borders were drawn four hundred years ago, and how power worked, and where the money was, you might even be right.
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