Wine and warming

Global warming? Ain’t no such thing. Its a hoax. Hell, its snowing here in Minneapolis right now.

Climate change affecting grape growing regions will be increasing in importance over the next 10-20 years, IMO.

However, from what I can gather, it is not as simple as every site in every region getting a little bit warmer. Sites along river valleys near the coast seem to have increased summer fog, with warmer inland valley temps. Other sites that are near the edge of fog’s historical range may have a significant decrease in fog. Like much about wine, the effects will likely be site specific.

There is one part of the article that I’d like to call into question: “pinot noir, has a narrow temperature band for ideal growth of 14 to 16 degrees Celsius (58 to 61 Fahrenheit). When grown outside this range, the grape produces a wine that loses its distinctiveness and full-bodied elegance.” I don’t think they cite a source.

Seriously? If your high temp. is 61f, that Pinot will never be ripe, even for sparkling.

The point they make might be valid in a general sense in that the current warm edge of Pinot areas may become less suitable. Depending on the site.