TIMES ONLINE, AUGUST 30, 2019
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Terroir . . . isn’t that a French dog? Wine terms confuse drinkers
For diners who have the courage to ask a sommelier the terroir of their wine, which Sauternes to have with dessert and whether it is corked — bravo.
Their knowledge exceeds that of many people, a survey says, who pick wine from the look of the label or because the name sounds sophisticated.
When asked about wine terminology, 30 per cent thought that terroir was a genre of French horror film and 28 per cent believed it was a breed of dog. However, 34 per cent did know the right answer: that it refers to the ground in which vines grow and its qualities.
Sauternes, a French dessert wine, was deemed by 7 per cent of respondents to be a planet.