Saturday, June 8, 4:00 pm – Tasting Terroir: A Story of Earth, Wine, and Human Hope

Consider the role of terroir throughout the history of wine. While highlighting the essential role of earth in the terroir that many people believe characterizes fine wine, author Paul Lukacs and wine merchant Jim Nejames will present a lecture and tasting. Based on his new book, Inventing Wine: a New History of One of The World’s Most Ancient Pleasures, Paul will present the intriguing investigation of terroir: its facts and fictions. Wines featured will demonstrate the significance of terroir. Paul’s new book will be sold following the lecture, and showcased wines will be available for order.

Paul Lukacs is the author of American Vintage and The Great Wines of America. A James Beard, Cliquot and IACP award winner, he has been writing about wine and its cultural contexts for nearly 20 years. He is a professor of English at Loyola University of Maryland, where he directs the University’s Center for the Humanities. Jim Nejames, a wine merchant, owns Spirited, a retail wine store located in Lenox, MA. He finds and sells great wines from around the world and specializes in wine consulting, stocking wine cellars, wine classes and wine tastings.

This unique program will take place Saturday, June 8, beginning at 4 pm at Berkshire Botanical Garden.  BBG member price $25, nonmembers $30, and you may sign up on line at