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Buy California Wine Now, Napa Will Soon Be a Desert

Yes, I'm sorry to report but due to the current rate of global warming, the Napa Valley will soon be a desert. You think I'm kidding, but the National Academy of Sciences has just done a whole new batch of computer modeling based on current rates of global warming, and it looks bad for California. Specifically, in the next couple of decades we are looking at significant and prolonged heat waves that will lay waste to the wine and dairy industries in California -- not to mention significantly disrupt the tenuous water rights system in the state as snowpacks and runoff are reduced thirty to seventy percent.

What does this mean? Well, other than driving collectors to institute a more aggressive cellaring program, it puts environmentalists and grape growers (two groups that are often at loggerheads) into the same camp -- not to mention wine lovers. If you want to be drinking the 2020 vintage of your favorite Central Coast Pinot Noir it's time to start lobbying Congress to actually admit that global warming exists and do something about it. Signing the Kyoto accords would be a good start. Please. Do it for the wine.

Comments (6)

Hector Hill wrote:
08.18.04 at 8:54 AM

…about two months ago I started reading Vinography.com, a most wonderful blog…I can’t thank you enough for turning me on to the Skewis Pinot Noir-absolutely fantastic…but…do we really need snippets of the Al Gore 2000 presidential platform from the smarmy BBC, me think not…

…a cut and paste from another less vinographically orientated blog…enjoy…

(…As much as we recognize the importance for the environment, we also recognize that we cannot accept the proposed Kyoto Treaty in its present form. In enacted, the U.S. would be forced to reduce so-called "greenhouse" gas emissions by 30% below projected levels. Other nations, for example China and India, would face no restrictions. Simple put: its expensive and unworkable... to sum it up, the Kyoto treaty is bad science and bad politics and it should not pass in its present form…

Bad Science, Bad Politics
It is any wonder why, according to a Gallup Poll, only 17% of the members of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union believe greenhouse gasses are overheating the planet?
There is no concrete evidence that global warming is taking place. If global warming is taking place, it is not certain that the cause is human activity rather than natural climatic change. Even if it was taking place, it is not at all certain that an effective way to deal with it is by imposing high-cost restrictions on the U.S. as prescribed under the Kyoto Treaty.
· Global air temperatures as measured by land-based weather stations show an increase of about 0.45 degrees C over the past century. (Accu-Weather, the world's leading commercial broadcaster)
· Satellite data indicate a slight cooling in the Earth's climate in the last 18 years. These satellites use advanced technology and are not subject to the "heat island" effect around major cities that alter ground based thermometers.
· Although the climate has warmed slightly in the 100 years, 70% of that warming occurred prior to 1940, before the upsurge in greenhouse gas emissions from industrial processes. (Dr. Robert C. Balling, Arizona State University)
· 98% of total global greenhouse gas emissions are natural (mostly water vapor); only 2% are from man-made sources. (Dr. Robert C. Balling, Arizona State University)
Only 17% of the members of the American Meteorological Society and the Geophysical Society think the warming of the 20th century was the result of an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. (Gallup survey) )

Alder wrote:
08.18.04 at 9:21 AM

Sorry to disappoint, but Vinography at the end of the day is an opinion piece, and I for one, happen to believe that Global Warming is very real. In any case, thanks for reading and I hope you will continue even if we don't see eye to eye on climate change.

Also, very glad you liked the Skewis Pinot. Have you had any of the Campion Pinot's ?

ideas87 wrote:
09.18.04 at 11:30 PM

I believe the Napa valley area is already too hot for varietals such as Pinot Noir. Arroyo Grande Valleyin the central coast is much cooler. Have you tried the Malvolio Pint Noir from Laetitia vineyard?

angela wrote:
02.27.07 at 10:19 AM

Is there anyone who is aware of a crush camp provided by a California vineyard? I know of schrambergs and Sterling vineyards. But I am looking for one more in line with red wine.
Appreciate anyone's input!

Alder wrote:
02.27.07 at 1:48 PM


I know Fantesca Estate does one on Spring Mountain that sounds like a lot of fun, and I seem to recall hearing about a winery in Lodi that does one. Try googling on "harvest weekend" or other such phrases.

11.25.14 at 6:23 AM

Great article, exactly what I was looking for.

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