The Iconic Bordeaux wine region is coping with climate change

Although still the premier Bordeaux red varietal, merlot is being scrutinized as a potential future victim of rising temperatures. Bordeaux, in southern France, is one of, if not the world’s most famous wine region, steeped in long-standing excellence and tradition through closely controlled grape varietals and farming techniques for each appellation that have been in place for over 80 years. As far as I can remember, the iconic Bordeaux red blends have been either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot dominant, supported by Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Malbec has been the grape most challenged by climate change and its use in the region has diminished significantly while Petit Verdot is experiencing a resurgence and plantings have increased nearly 200 percent Two-thirds of the red vines planted in Bordeaux are merlot that for centuries has benefited from the local climate to reach peak ripeness. Although still the premier Bordeaux red varietal, merlot is being scrutinized as a potential future victim of rising temperatures. The current white varietals are dominated by Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc with support from lesser known grapes like Sauvignon Gris, Muscadelle, Colomba...

California, Washington, Colorado Rule As Kings Of Craft Spirits

Distilleries throughout the country — based in 40 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands — won awards at a 2019 craft spirits competition, but four western states dominated the honors, a new analysis shows. More than 850 entries of 260 companies in 18 countries and every continent except Africa and Antarctica entered the American Distilling Institute’s Judging of Craft Spirits annual competition. The institute, which was founded in 2003 and issued the awards at a conference in Denver in March, is a trade association that says it’s “the largest community of small-batch, independently owned distilleries in the nation.” The states with the most award-winning distilleries are California, Washington, Colorado, Oregon and New York, according to an analysis of the institute’s awards data by this journalist. California is the king with its distilleries chalking up more awards — 106 — than those in any other state or country. Washington ranks No. 2 with its distilleries racking up 94 awards, and No. 3 is Colorado with 54 awards. New York finishes fourth with 45 awards. Barrels of Stork Club whiskey mature at the Spreewood Distillery in Schlepzig, Germany. It i...