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August / September 2016

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{ }  39 { somm journal seminar series } THE Terroir DEBATE he hottest day on record fell on the summer solstice—June 20—as a packed room of buyers from the San Francisco Bay Area converged on The Napa Valley Wine Academy in downtown Napa. Though the energy was electric, the room was cool, but as The Somm Journal's second "Digging In: Unique Terroir & Its Effect on Wine Styles" seminar got underway, things began to heat up. "Is the concept of terroir really just a myth? Are differences in wine styles only the results of bacteria and flavors imparted by different yeasts?" These are just a few of the questions raised by Peter Marks, Master of Wine, who mod - erated the event in a casual, confident manner, over four hours of discussion with nine panelists, representing wines from around the globe. DIGGING IN: UNIQUE TERROIR & ITS EFFECT ON WINE STYLES Peter Marks, MW, moderated the event, shown here with Lisa Brown of Boisset Collection. by Jonathan Cristaldi and Diane Denham photos by Alexander Rubin

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