This pioneering book explains geology wholly in the context of wine, including how it works in vineyards and its possible effects on wine taste.
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