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04.03.2005

It's Not Parker's Fault, It's Global Warming

With Mondovino out in theaters in the US now, there's no shortage of finger pointing and arguments about who's responsible for the supposed homogenization and globalization of wine. It's Parker! It's Michel Rolland! It's the Stupid American Public! It's Evil Rich People!

I had to chuckle today when I came across this article which says, oh no, it's not the fault of any of those people. You see it's actually Global Warming that's responsible for all those wines tasting the same.

It seems that some scientists and French winemakers expect more and more heatwaves in the future which will result in "alcohol, fruitiness and sweetness... as the French climate suffers drier conditions...." With predicted temperature gains in the next decade of 4°F in Burgundy and 4.19°F in Bordeaux, Mssrs. Parker and Rolland can rest easy knowing that the taste of French wine lies not in their control, but in the hands of the countries ratifying the Kyoto protocol.

I'm sure they're relieved. I know I am.

Comments (2)

Bertrand wrote:
04.04.05 at 2:32 AM

To reassure you about what french winemakers think , I can say from my conversation with those I met that the vast majority are not as biased against the US , globalization or the market economy as the french people at large . Although the general public in France is molded on views similar to what can be seen in Nossiter's Mondovino, the wine professionals in France see their real foe as being the french state and its excessive taxes and administrative coercion of all kinds . I remember very interesting conversations with some of them, on the ironic and satirical tone , and believe me, it had nothing to do with Nossiter's usual culprits : Target was the french administration , its ever increasingly confiscating tax pressure , ,its anti-business regulations, and its suicidal anti-wine campaigns .

drew wrote:
06.13.05 at 4:43 PM

Global Warming is no longer a debate. It is a fact, across the board, a consensus developed by a vast majority of scientists around the world.

The wine industry holds a very important position in society as we address this problem from a social standpoint (as a global community). Winegrapes are one of the highest- value agricultural crops; and the wines they produce represent a snap- shot in time of climate and soil.... bud break in Napa Valley was over 1- month early last year and even earlier this year.

Wine is also a global industry. It takes you to 'place', recalls memories (sense of smell offering the most vivid recall) in time. Wine helps to develop a global perspective and it begins at the dinner table.... eating and drinking food from a myriad of cultures from around the world may help to remind us that we live in a global community (climate change is a global issue more dangerous than terrorism; and with the help of fine wines we realize the common enemy is ourselves)

The 'juice' that is drawn from the earth, into the bottle and placed on the dinner table we hope will stimulate discussion on this topic. Scientists expect temperature increase of 2- 7 degrees by 2100; Cab likes hot, Zin likes hotter...."these vines were planted way back in 2002.......etc, etc."

The County of Napa has invested some $300 million in flood protection in part do to the increased incidence and severity of flooding, a result of the Pacific Ocean temperature rise. Scientist predict an increase in rainfall of up to 20% in wet regions and a reduction in rainfall of 20% in dry regions over the next 100- years. Wine grape growers see life in these terms, they are fortunate to benefit from 100- year old vines; and if you can afford a $40 bottle of wine from ancient vines, you can too.

see "The New Economy of Nature"

Republican Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenneger: "the debate on climate change is finished.....it is clear from the scientific community that global warming is occurring......."

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