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- cellophane flowers - 07-10-2006 11:40 PM

just seen on the local news:

"Areas suitable for growing premium wine grapes could be reduced by 50 percent -- and possibly as much as 81 percent -- by the end of this century, according to a study Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The paper indicates increasing weather problems for grapes in such areas as California's Napa and Sonoma valleys.

The main problem: An increase in the frequency of extremely hot days, according to Noah Diffenbaugh of the department of earth and atmospheric sciences at Purdue University."

of interest to me:

"A thousand years ago when Viking explorers arrived on the coasts of eastern Canada and New England they named the region Vinland, a designation that has perplexed many historians since grapes are uncommon there now.

The weather was warmer then, however."

why? cause LI is not that far from New England, just across the 'pond' as a matter of fact.

- Innkeeper - 07-11-2006 05:33 AM


- hotwine - 07-11-2006 06:46 AM

Good column by Stossel.... a voice in the wilderness. As Rush always says, "Follow the money!"

Next, we'll probably be hearing from the left coast congressional delegation that their wine industry deserves federal subsidies (think Pelosi).

- cellophane flowers - 07-11-2006 08:31 AM

If sea levels rise than California should be ok casue the wine region will be closer to the coast. I'm not in a global warming panic. The earth was onced covered with water. Been out digging for clams in the Livermore Valley so I know where the sea level has been. So is that rising or returning to previous levels?

- Kcwhippet - 07-11-2006 09:01 AM

Livermore Valley? Used to live there.

- dananne - 07-11-2006 09:23 AM

Well I, for one, am looking forward to Scandinavian Syrah. [img][/img]

- Thomas - 07-11-2006 11:33 AM about Greenland Grenache?

- dananne - 07-11-2006 11:56 AM

I'm sure it has very distinctive terroir.

BTW, just bought your new book on Amazon. Looking forward to it!

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- Triple H - 07-11-2006 12:11 PM

One subtle erroneuos point in the article is when it states the problem with the Northern wine regions being humid. The Northwest regions in Washington State and British Columbia are about as far from humid as you can get. They are nothing but Dry, Dry Desert. So I guess guess global warming will actually be good for Washington wines!

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- Thomas - 07-11-2006 01:31 PM


Thanks. I just received my copies--so far found three typos--ugh!

I shouldn't look at it at all at this point.

Incidentally, I was stationed in Greenland when in the Air Force. Not a grape to be seen, not even a tree...

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- dananne - 07-11-2006 03:27 PM

Yeah, one of the little-known facts of early American "discovery" and exploration is that the Norwegian settlers on Greenland had to make regular trips to Baffin Land and Labrador for timber to build places to live in Greenland because of the lack of trees.

God, you must have been cold . . .

- Thomas - 07-11-2006 06:24 PM

Cold and in the dark...or the daylight, depending upon the time of year.Right in the Arctic Circle; the last human settlement going north.

Drank a lot, though...what else?