The Wine Industry, Britain, and Global Warming

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There was an interesting article in The New York Times last Friday about the British wine industry and global warming. When I first started reading it, I was trying to think of any British wines I may have had over the years, and I couldn’t think of a single one.

The article mentions that the Sparkling wines produced in Britain are starting to beat out the traditional Champagnes from France in international wine competitions. It’s hard to imagine Champagne being topped by Sparkling wines from Britain, but there was a time when the Napa Valley Cab trumped the Bordeaux from France during the Judgment of Paris in 1976. So, I suppose anything is possible!

The author of the article says this recent shift in wine is due to climate change. On average, Britain is warming faster than other areas. “Britain can expect wetter winters, drier summers and less snow and frost. In this way Britain is joining a list of prospective new wine countries that include China, Russia and even the Scandinavian states,” says the author.

What may be good for some countries, could negatively impact the environment as a whole, along with the top producing wine countries: France, Italy, and the USA. The article states that “if the warming trend continues, wine production in the Bordeaux region of France and the Tuscany region of Italy could decrease as much as 85 percent, while that in California and Australia would decline 70 percent.”

If you don’t believe in global warming, just take a look around at all the natural disasters that have popped up over the last 10 years or so. The strength in these super storms, tsunamis, hurricanes, and tornados continues to become more powerful than the last, and I believe it will continue as global warming progresses.

The article is worth the read. It will make you stop and think about the current state of the environment.

Click here to read the full article

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