On 2008-09-21 07:37:22 -0700, "Nils Gustaf Lindgren"
> A shortish while ago, an at times heated (or, at least, tepid)
> discussion raged concerning terroir. Amongst sources cited were the
> wikipedia, in this case, the English version. However, those of us who
> not only speak broken English, but also broken French, will recognise
> that there are differences in how terroir is defined and described -
> the English, notably, passing traditon as a part of terroir.
> Looking into the passage on Pinot Gris, a lengthy and very
> unsubstantiated explanation on how Pinot Gris got to Alsace from
> Hungary is, in fact, misleading in several ways (Pinot Gris did not
> appear in Alsace until c. 1750).
> In the entry on Syrah, it is correctly pointed out that Syrah in no way
> was brought to Rhone from the Orient by the crusading knight Gaspard de
> Sterimberg - however, it is not mentioned that this is because the good
> knight was, in fact, involved in the Albigensian crusade and never left
> what is today France. (Nor did he in fact build the chapel on the top
> of the Hermitage hill, said chapel being documented more than a
> houndred years before he set up store there, or so it would appear).
> So, how about you? Do you use the wikipedia? Do you trust in it? Do you
> help in correcting and enlarge it?
> Just out of curiosity, you see.
I use wiki often, but take many things with the proverbial grain of
salt. I don't help in correcting it, as if it is within my area of
expertise, I don't need to consult it, so I don't usually find anything
that I know to be false. (and I would prefer not to add my own
ignorance to someone else's)