February’s 29 days of Chardonnay
a collaborative project
The Terroir Genome Project:
As close as you’ll get without an airline ticket
The Terroir Genome Project is amazing. It is an interactive tour of wine regions from France, Spain, Italy and Argentina utilizing Google Earth interfaced with producer commentary and atmospheric music. Unfortunately, they only highlight domains they represent, but it is spectacular nonetheless to be able to fly, float and flutter over regions such as Corton Charlemagne, Meursault, and Puligny-Montrachet. The controls are a bit unwieldy and it takes a minute to load, but it is pretty damn cool once you get going (I recommend closing the light/date tab in the top left corner). No matter how familiar you are with location, extent, history, and character of some of these viticultural regions, the Terroir Genome Project is sure to give you insights into regions and producers from a bird’s eye view. Stay tuned to this project as more tours are sure to be added in time. Cheers!
This first link will take you to the general page and the links below will take you straight to the tours of Chablis and regions of Puligny, Chassagne and Meursault.