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Vineyards, Rocks, and Soils


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Foreword Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations and Conversions 1. What are Vineyards Made Of? 2. How Minerals Work 3. The Minerals that Make Rocks and Soils 4. Igneous Rocks 5. Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks 6. Metamorphic Rocks 7. The Rocks Change Shape: Folds, Faults, and Joints 8. The Lay of the Land 9. Weathering, Soil, and the Minerals in Wine 10. Soil, Water, Sunshine, and the Concept of Terroir 11. Vineyards and the Mists of Geological Time 12. Epilogue: So is Vineyard Geology Important for Wine Taste? Index

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards

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Alex Maltman is Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, in Wales, U.K. Alongside a long and decorated research and teaching career in Geology, for over forty years he has grown vines and made wine as a hobby.


"No student of wine should be without this book; every wine writer and sommelier should read it several times. Supposing that we all do this, the language and discourse of wine will move forward." --Andrew Jefford, Decanter Magazine "In contrast to previous books on wine and geology, Maltman actually aims to evaluate how geology might be relevant to wine. He is well qualified for the task, with experience growing his own vines and a university career in teaching and research in geology." --Michael Summerfield, The World of Fine Wine Magazine

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