Climate Change: The Future of Wine


Have you noticed shortages in your grocery stores in recent years? Cold weather in Florida resulted in the tragic tomato shortage of 2010, a drought in California caused lettuce prices to spike in 2013, and heavy rains in Mexico were partially responsible for the great lime shortage of 2014. Would it surprise you to hear that weather can affect your glass of Champagne in the same way? Wine is ultimately an agricultural product, so the quality and availability of wine depends on the grapes that farmers can grow.

Check out the video above to hear Astor Center Instructor May Matta-Aliah discuss how recent climate change patterns are impacting the wine regions that you know and love.

For more from May, don’t miss her upcoming class at Astor Center: Speak like a Sommelier: Learning the Language of Wine