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Premium wine lovers should be paying close attention to the increasingly dire reports on global climate change.
Many winemakers certainly are—because they have no choice. Average temperature levels are rising, and even more concerning, so are extreme vine and grape-harming weather events, such as prolonged droughts and hail storms. Bordeaux, for instance, was hit with severe hail storms in May 2018, damaging thousands of acres, while in 2017, the region suffered destructive frosts.
A quick Google search will reveal similar stories in wine regions across the world, from Australia, to Spain, South Africa, and California, says John Holdren, co-director of the science, technology, and public policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School.