Thursday, August 13, 2009

French wine at risk without climate pact: Greenpeace

Agence France-Presse: French wines, the country's pride, are looking at a grim future failing an ambitious deal on climate change at the upcoming UN summit in Denmark, 50 top chefs and winemakers and Greenpeace warned Tuesday.

"Climate change has made vines increasingly vulnerable," the group said in an opinion column in the daily Le Monde. "Wine," they added, "is the result of an alchemy between a native soil, or terroir, and generations of winemakers. Today this alchemy is in danger."

Because of the global rise in temperatures, French wines "now have a higher alcohol content, their texture is heavier, there is too much sun in the range of flavours, our wines could lose their souls", the column said….

A wine label from Ch√Ęteau de Bellet, a winery in the Appellation Bellet in Provence, France, shot by Gerard Cohen, who has generously released the image into the public domain

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