Ask Sid: What is this latest buzzword for describing wine like “rain on dry soil”?

May 12th, 2021
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Question: What is this latest buzzword for describing wine like “rain on dry soil”?

Answer: PETRICHOR. Wikipedia describes this word with growing popularity as winespeak: “Petrichor” is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek petra “rock”, or petros “stone” and ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology. The origin is attributed to two Australian scientists who published in the Nature Journal March 1964 the “Nature of Argillaceous Odour” described as petrichor – this smell of rain and oils released from the earth (especially where there are higher humidity conditions). Something interesting and worth investigating further. Perhaps add it to your wine vocabulary together with that controversial one “minerality” for wines from soils with silica or richer in iron oxide.


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May 12th, 2021

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