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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Global warming may be changing wine map

Climatologists are warning that by the end of this century Germany will be producing robust red wines, Sweden will be making Rieslings, and the best sparklers will come from Surrey instead of Champagne.

Some wine regions are benefiting from warmer temperatures, as areas of France and Germany are producing richer, fruitier Rieslings, Burgundies and Beaujolais. But changes in weather patterns may bring economic disaster in parts of Spain, Australia and California.

One portent of things to come: Wineries in Alaska.
M. Zane Grey, 8:28 AM