Doomed Wine Industry Having A Banner Year

Like the maple syrup industry, wine is doing fantastic – but will soon collapse into a fiery death of hellish tipping points.

The news: Early tastings of Bordeaux 2010 suggest it is probably just as good as the 2009, described as the vintage of the century.

The received opinion: This is because of global warming, which produces riper grapes, and better wine quality.

Wine experts are not climatologists. But wine literature is full of gobbledygook about global warming’s short-term benefits (which is said to have dramatically improved fruit quality in many regions) and long-term perils (which is predicted to destroy the wine industry).

The theory that the wine industry will have an epiphanic moment before dying out has caused winemakers considerable alarm and launched more than one seminar on the subject. Climatology is far from an exact science and one problem with much of what is written on the subject is sweeping generalisation. Even if one sets aside the controversy over the ‘official data’ on warming — the United Nations panel estimated that the average global temperature increased by 0.74 degree C in the 20th century — the world is not warming evenly. For instance, Germany recorded the lowest temperature ever in 2009 and New Zealand had record late snowfall in 2009.


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6 Responses to Doomed Wine Industry Having A Banner Year

  1. dfjg says:

    I wish you’d also link to the article(s) stating the industry is doomed.

  2. Did you read the article?

  3. Baa Humbug says:

    In fact whilst doing the Citizens Audit of the IPCC AR4 I tried very hard to find something that might benefit from global warming and lo and behold they do state wine will be tastier and contain more alcohol in most regions due to AGW.

  4. Jeff K says:

    When England used to have vineyards I wonder how the vineyards were doing in France? Whether wine comes from France, California, Italy, Argentina, Australia, etc..or, in the future (if you’re into the global warming thing) Canada, more of the United States, Siberia, Scandinavia I don’t care.

  5. Andy Weiss says:

    Sooner that later, there will be a less than perfect year. At the point, the alarmists will all crawl out of the woodwork and scream “I told you so!”

  6. Mike Davis says:

    Here I always thought 1968 was a banner year for Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill.

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