ZOMGwereallgonnadrink!

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13 Responses to “ZOMGwereallgonnadrink!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    On the other hand, though, could all you wine drinkers take a moment from celebrating this fantastic news to spare a thought for us beer drinkers? http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327253.400-climate-change-depresses-beer-drinkers.html

  2. Anonymous says:

    Most grape varieties actually produce better wine in cooler climates though….

  3. Ian70 says:

    And this improvement is due ONLY to climate change, and not due to things like selective breeding of plants to improve grape stocks, or due to improvements in the technique of winemaking itself, or due to any kind of placebo-esque fads regarding how vintage ratings might be bestowed…

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

  4. gcross81 says:

    Wow, for the first time since college my steadfast endorsement of the green movement is called into question… a livable planet or more drinkable wine, that IS a tough call.

  5. betsymason says:

    While some varietals may benefit, others will suffer… A couple degrees warmer: bye bye Napa chardonnay, but hello better Napa zins. A few more degrees: Napa is screwed. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_5434860?nclick_check=1

  6. Felton says:

    Climate change means better wine, with a higher alcohol content.

    That’s good, because the “skeptics” in the last climate change post have driven me to drink.

  7. Felton says:

    Great title for this post, by the way. :-)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Doesn’t this have more to do with culture? Maybe the wine maker culture requesting grapes stay on the vine to develop more complex flavors and more sugar? Perhaps it’s the younger wine consuming culture that enjoys and purchases more wines with higher alcohol content?

  9. robulus says:

    I don’t know. Alsacian Riesling is OK, but this just means the grapes are getting sweeter.

    That’s bad news for the sort of dry cool climate Rieslings we produce in Australia, that are much more to my taste.

  10. that_music says:

    there is a limit to how much sugar is practical to have in grapes before it becomes impossible to ferment it out – either producing semi-dry wines (and whether people want these is more to do with fashion than anything else) or high alcohol wines (which become significantly more expensive for consumers once they reach a higher taxation bracket, which in aus is about 15% alcohol)
    also, anonymous #9, grapes often reach flavour ripeness before they reach sugar ripeness.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Stronger hooch AND a reason to wear shorts year-round? Maggie, I think you’re after my own heart. Well, either mine or Jimmy Buffett’s.

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