A discussion of soil and geology with Earth Sciences professor Alex Maltman, Alsace producers Olivier Humbrecht and Phillipe Blanc and Master Sommelier and former geologist Wayne Belding.
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Here are a few previous feature articles that provide some background on the topic:
Part 1: Soil PrinciplesPart 2: Vineyard Geology
Wayne Belding is great for cutting through all fluff and hyperbole. He was one of the two administrators of my 2nd level test in Tucson a couple of years ago. In talking to him after the certificate presentation and toast, he said something I have never forgotten: "Lou, in the end its just fermented grape juice". I think its important not to forget that. It's suppose to be fun, too. Thanks Wayne, for teaching me that.