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Despite what the Republicans may think climate change is making a difference not only in the United States but around the world. Example after example of significant environmental change has been presented by the scientific community, and the communities affected by global warming. Now, at least for the oenophiles among us, it is hitting close to home. Here is the story from the Telegraph:
The steady rise in global temperatures is threatening vineyards around Bordeaux that produce some of the most esteemed and expensive wines on earth.
Experts say that the region may be unsuitable for wine-growing by 2050, making the supreme wines of chateaux like Lafite, Petrus and Latour nothing but memories.
Winegrowers are already switching to heat-resistant grape varieties as a precaution, Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine reported this week.
“The most pessimistic scenario says that the climate will no longer be suitable for Cabernet and Merlot wines by the middle of the century,” said Jean-Pascal Goutouly, a wine expert at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research in Paris.
“If climate change comes quickly, things will get difficult for all of us,” said Philippe Bardet, a Bordeaux winegrower. “If it comes slowly, we will adapt.”
Higher temperatures cause grapes to ripen earlier, and summer droughts are detrimental to the vine’s growth process.
Grape growers began to notice unusual patterns above-and-beyond the region’s unpredictable weather nearly three decades ago, well before scientists began to sound the climate change alarm.