The Piedmont region of Italy is home to the Nebbiolo grape. While Nebbiolo makes world renowned wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco, it is considered an indigenous rather than an international grape. The Nebbiolo only grows well in its place of origin, the Piedmont region and has not been successfully transplanted elsewhere.
Last month I had the opportunity to visit some very good friends who live in southern Virginia. They are both very well travelled, but have lived in Virginia all their lives. The old maxim, ‘you can’t be a true Virginian unless your mother was born in Virginia,’ makes them both true Virginians. I can’t imagine them living anywhere else. They are as much a part of southern Virginia as southern Virginia is a part of them.
Melon de Borgogne is the primary grape of the Pays Nantais in the western end of the Loire Valley. Melon de Bourgogne is also known as Muscadet and makes a light, crisp white wine that goes well with shell fish.
When I first read about Melon de Bourgogne, the name confused me. Bourgogne is French for Burgundy, which is on the eastern side of France, nowhere near Pays Nantais to the west. With a little more research, I learned that Melon de Bourgogne originated in Burgundy, but is no longer grown there. It has made Nantais its home.
I have a good friend here in Nevada who was born and raised in New Jersey. When she was in her 20’s, she moved to Colorado. She once told me that when she first got to Colorado, when she first stepped off the plane, she had an immediate sensation that she was home. Even though she has family and friends in both New Jersey and Nevada, she still thinks of Colorado as home.
Some of us are lucky enough to be born in the place that feels most like home. Others must travel away from their place of origin to find their true terroir.