I am passionate about geology and I like a good glass of wine. Some Sunday musing about the two seems like a good idea, especially that the elements of wine terroir (climate, soil type and topography) are all linked in one way or another to geology.
To celebrate my first blog post on geology and wine I went to Phoenicia and bought some Romanian wine. The wines I can find in in the US stores are not the best, to get good Romanian wines I have to go to my favorite places in Romania; but at least Phoenicia caries my favorite types, which I show in the picture below, together with my Romanian placemat.
winery website). Jidvei area, because of its location, does not have the Carpathians protecting it against the cold air coming from the North. The vineyards are located on the South facing gentle slopes of the Transylvanian hills, which offer more protection and good sun exposure. Temperatures average about 9 deg C during the year, and the sunny days are plentiful throughout the grape growing season.
Next time you want something different, try a glass of Feteasca Regala from Jidvei and think about what gave its taste: the people, the climate, the geography and, why not, the geologic history. Noroc!