Although none of us should be surprised about this, the following first sentence from a recent piece in the Drinks Business (Jan 4, 2022) stopped me in my tracks.
“Wine collectors are stepping up their efforts to secure some of the world’s greatest wines before global warming wipes them out.”
According to DB, as wineries and winegrowers increasingly plant new, hardier grape varieties that can better withstand hotter, drier conditions, the grape varieties we’ve come to think of as the great classics—Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, for example—may begin to be phased out. And that means that the great Bordeaux and Burgundy wines now considered the most desirable wines in the world may (gulp) cease to exist. Collectors are now more aggressive than ever in their attempts to secure what may be some of the last great wines as we’ve known them.