Liquid geography

By Michael Cooper In Wine

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17th January, 2013
One of the fastest yet cheapest forms of travel is to open a bottle of wine from a distant land. An enticingly scented, racy riesling can transport you to the precipitous slopes of the Rhine; a rich, savoury chianti to the cypress, olive and vine-draped hills of Tuscany. Warren Moran, emeritus professor of geography at the University of Auckland, views wine as a magical form of liquid geography. A grapevine, once planted and “tied to place”, yields grapes that often are fermented into wine and sold at the same site. But “much wine also travels to distant places, carrying its place ...

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