Wine: “Canary in the Coal Mine”

By January 31, 2013Winemakers

Wine has been called a “canary in the coal mine” as a harbinger of things good and bad.

A recent report in Nature (20/27 December 2012/vol 492) by Jamie Goode points out several interesting developments. Most noticeably, Europe, which accounts for 60% of the world-wide wine production, was severely impacted by the 2012 climate conditions. An extremely dry condition in Southern France and an unusually cold condition in northern France had drastically effected production: Champagne production was down 40%, Loire Valley 50% and overall in France a 20% drop in production. Italy suffered a

Le Remueur: 1889 engraving of the man engaged ...

Le Remueur: 1889 engraving of the man engaged in the laborious daily task of turning each bottle a fraction From The Lordprice Collection This picture is the copyright of the Lordprice Collection and is reproduced on Wikipedia with their permission Source URL http://www.lordprice.co.uk/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=Champagne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

smaller (7%) reduction but the implications for the wine economy in the impacted regions is serious.

Enhanced by Zemanta

Author Vin Marottoli

More posts by Vin Marottoli

Leave a Reply

Book this tour today! Book Tour

WINE LOVERS NEWSLETTER

Sign up today for FREE and receive great wine recommendations, recipes and travel advice from wine educator, writer and radio host, Vin Marottoli - plus special savings offers on our tours.

No SPAM! Your information will not be shared or sold to third parties. You may unsubscribe any time.