It’s easy to overlook just how pervasive the topic of climate
change really is. Not everybody lives in the South Pole, where massive sheets
of ice are breaking away at alarming rates and melting into the ocean. Not does
the threat of coastal waters rising to overtake entire cities sway the minds of
most people on earth.
But the fact is, climate change can and will impact
nearly all parts of our current lives. Yes, dear wine lover, that includes
wine. And so it was with a great interest that I heard the news recently of a
planned Wine Industry Seminar on Climate Change, scheduled for July 31-August 1
at Gloria Ferrer Winery in Sonoma.
Though it may sound frivolous in light of
the obviously more important and pressing threats of climate change (nee,
Global Warming), the impact that a widespread and permanent modification to our
climate on the wine industry can be deep and everlasting as well. The seminar
in Sonoma endeavors to get a jump on some of these threats and challenges by
addressing them head-on and in a serious–even academic–way.
Organized by the Wine Academy of Spain, founders of the World Conference on
Climate Change & Wine (www.climatechangeandwine.com),
the event will examine such issues as how climate change impacts vineyards and
winery operations–from transportation to shipping and packaging. Also
part of the discussion will be outlooks for changes in pests and diseases in
vines, and the prospects for the need for evolution of the industry in light of
current climate change scenarios.
Though the seminar may not be the sort of
thing the casual wine aficionado might attend – it is certainly relevant
to a lifestyle that fan can appreciate.