Antonio Busalacchi, who directs the University of Maryland Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Centre and chairs the World Climate Research Programme’s Joint Scientific Committee and the National Research Council Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, published his findings on Livescience.com.
Busalacchi and his research assistant Eric Hackert analysed climate change impacts on two dozen of the world’s major wine producing regions in both the new and old world.
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A new trend? Maybe not that new. Actually, the Americans have been doing it for quite some time. But now, it’s getting closer to us, with London being the next winemaking city. And using French grapes! An urban wine can be defined as such when the winemaking process is being done at the very heart of a large city, sourcing the grapes from proper vineyards (in the countryside, please).
The idea comes from the alliance of Australian winemaker Gavin Monery, London Fine Wine Merchant Roberson, and investor Will Tomlinson. The 300m² winery will be conveniently located under Roberson Wine’s HQ, in what used to be a gin distillery, a couple of blocks from Hyde Park. Fairly urban indeed!
Grapes will be sourced from the South-West of France (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah from Languedoc-Roussillon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux), and shipped across the Channel in the next 36 hours after hand-picking. 17,000 bottles of “London Cru” are expected to be released as a first 2013 vintage (by mid-2014).
Before the English capital, New-York has had the City Winery (with grapes from California, Oregon and NY State), Brooklyn the Red Hook Winery (Long Island grapes), Dallas the Times Ten Cellars (locally sourced, really?!), San Francisco the Bluxome Street Winery (sourced from Sonoma and Russian River valleys), and Seattle the Cadence Winery (from Washington State obviously!), just to mention a few…
The World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) was conceived out of the need for a meeting place for both buyers and sellers of bulk wine. This unique exhibition provides the world’s principal buyers with an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the excellent quality and variety of bulk wines.
The World Bulk Wine Exhibition will be held for the fourth consecutive year in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is an important business centre which is very close to the vast majority of Europe’s capitals and whose international airport is one of the most popular in the world. It is here that in the space of just 48 hours we bring together the entire world of bulk wine in order to conduct business in the fastest, most efficient manner possible.
The World Bulk Wine Exhibition presents bulk wine professionals with the best possible opportunity to promote, improve transactions and market quality bulk wine.
The World Bulk Wine Exhibition provides a unique meeting place that includes:
Exhibition area: the principal space, where exhibitors’ stands will offer their high-quality bulk wines to the attending international buyers.
Silent Tasting Room: where buyers can taste bulk wine selected by the participating wineries. Each wine will bear an identifying label displaying the most relevant information.
For more information: http://www.worldbulkwine.com/ing/inicio.html
In the not too distant future, your favorite style of French wine may not come from its namesake region, or even from France at all. Climate change is altering growing conditions in wine-producing regions, and in coming decades it will change the wines produced in these regions — in some cases shifting northward the growth of grape varieties long associated with regions further south.
Climate change will produce winners and losers among wine-growing regions, and for every region it will result in changes to the alcohol, acid, sugar, tannins and color contained in each wine.
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Within the framework of developing its Strategic Plan, the OIV grants research scholarships in priority programme fields on a yearly basis. Grants offered within the framework of this programme are short term (six months to fifteen months maximum) and are provided for specific post graduate training programmes. Targeted candidates must be very qualified, with the desire to pursue their research, further knowledge and keep up on the latest progress made in their field of study and/or work.
2013 OIV Research grants:
This year particular attention will be paid
In Economics, to:
- the positive externalities affecting the vitivinicultural sector,
- health and nutritional labelling: government policies implemented, effectiveness of labelling policies for public health, legibility of labels by consumers.
In Viticulture, to:
- strategies for adapting to climate change in vitiviniculture,
- specific requirements for the sustainable production of table grapes and dried grapes,
- studies on resources and water balance in the vitivinicultural sector.
In Oenology, to:
- strategies for reducing inputs (alternatives to preservatives and potentially allergenic fining agents, etc.)
- Programme Bourses 2013_EN
- Form Candidature_Bourses_EN
For more information: http://www.oiv.int/oiv/info/enboursesderecherche
On July 25th the Slovak Institute of Culture in Warsaw hosted a presentation of wines from the famous winery "J. & J. Ostrožovič", member of the Visegrad Wine Route. Participants had the chance to taste among others the famous 5 Puttonyos Tokaj wine.
J. & J. Ostrožovič wine will be available in Poland starting from September 2013 thanks to a Polish importer (www.dobre-alkohole.pl).