Today's word is: Terroir.
The phenetic spelling is tough to translate, but the best I can find is, ter-whar (with a delicate roll of the r's). I love this word! Isn't it fun to say? Terr-wharrrr, Ter-wharrr, Terrrrr-wharrrrrrrr.....
It is a french word used to describe the natural environment and geographic characteristics in which particular varieties of grapes are grown and how they influence the wine made from those grapes. Examples of terroir might be soil type, sun exposure, weather, surrounding areas, and historical aspects of the land. Being near an ocean, a lake, cow pasture, or raspberry farm are all attributes that might contribute to the wine. Terroir is a sense of place and is just one of the factors that could affect the grapes and the flavors or characteristics they might acquire simply from the place they are grown.