Talk of climate change is usually a downer, especially when it comes to discovering what a warming planet will do to food and drink supplies—i.e., making your food more expensive and wiping out pollinators like bees.
However, there are some sliver linings (albeit brief and ultimately unfortunate) to rising temperatures. The Washington Post mentions that earlier grape harvests resulting from climate change are making wines taste better. The paper spoke with the authors of the study, which was published in Nature Climate Change, about what they found:
As oenophiles know, the most prized grapes are early grapes, and the Post notes that harvests “happening an average of two weeks earlier than they did in the 400 years preceding 1980.”
Of course, there’s an upper-limit for that threshold when earlier harvests and higher temperatures don’t produce better wine. In fact, once a certain temperature increase occurs, it could change the actual identity of wine itself.
“For many wine-makers, changing these rules is tantamount to changing the identity of the wine,” Agence France-Presse reported
Savor that next-level vino while you can—wine could look significantly different in the decades to come.
[via Washington Post]