Study Says Climate Change Makes French Wine Taste Better

Katie Sweeney

While many believe that global warming is wrecking havoc on the world as we know it, some people, particularly French winemakers, are thrilled about the rising temperatures. NPR is reporting on a new study from Nature Climate Change that shows the conditions necessary for highly rated wines are occurring more frequently—thanks to global warming. “Before 1980, you basically needed a drought to generate the heat to get a really early harvest,” says the study’s co-author Benjamin Cook, a climate scientist with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. “But since 1980, it’s been so warm because of climate change that you can get the hot summers and really early harvests without needing a drought.” An early harvest generally results in better-than-average wine in the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions of France. However, the hotter climate is only good up until a certain point. It could become so warm that wine is always harvested early; then things move into a different situation where the rules of the past no longer apply. If and when this will happen, the research scientists do not know. All they can accurately predict is that a warmer climate will force the winemakers to adapt and change the way they grow and harvest grapes.

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