Sunday, 28 January 2007

Climate change

According to the newspaper article below, it looks like this is corner of Germany most likely in future to feel the full cataclysmic effects of global warming.

Being a wine bore, however, I'm personally preoccupied with how German wines will taste like in 30-40 years time. Will the delicate style of riesling wines that sold for more than Bordeaux at the turn of the 19th century soon be a thing of the past? Will wine growers down here in Südbaden be ripping up their Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) plots and planting red grape varieties like Syrah (Shiraz), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot en masse instead? You may chortle, but Hanspeter Ziereisen, a winemaker from Efringen-Kirchen just 6 miles down the road, is already making waves internationally with his Syrah grown on his premier cru site Efringer Ölberg. For information about Ziereisen and more besides, read Jancis Robinson's article:

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