Climate change and German wine

In some corners of the wine world, there are uncomfortable whispers that parts of Germany might soon challenge more well-known areas of Spain, Italy or France, which are getting hotter and hotter all the time. How long will it be before someone sunnily declares a German wine region to be “The New Tuscany”?

“We are the big winners from climate change,” one German wine journalist told the New York Times earlier this year. “I know it’s disgusting to say, but it’s the truth.”

Well, I can’t help but agree that climate change has helped Germany. NY’s Finger Lakes and Canada’s Niagara on the Lake regions have also greatly benefited. The days of northeastern wineries buying a truckload of huge bags of granulated sugar to chapitalize are long gone. (And I remember unloading those bags in the mid 80s!)

Ah. Never mind. Move along. Nothing to see here. [cheers.gif]