Wines and Global Warming

20070727winebtt.jpgIn a recent Decanter blog post, Oliver Styles asked whether the wine industry should be thinking more about global warming or was it doing enough? And, should we as consumers be more aware of the impact we have? Silly questions for such a serious publication. Because of travel, waste, and agricultural byproducts, wine is a product that can have serious effects on the environment and leave a Sasquatch-sized carbon footprint. It can contribute to global warming and be affected by it.

If you're a wine lover, all of these issues should be on your mind, at least because, as weather changes—and wine is directly affected by weather—the wines we know and love may no longer exist. (That and the whole save-the-planet thing.) But what can we as wine drinkers do about it?

We can drink organic wines, drink local wines, and recycle the bottles. Every state in the union makes some wine (even Texas!), so what are some of your favorite local wines? Do you actively search out organic wines? And does anyone have a creative way to recycle bottles?

Two of my favorite organic wines are Movia Ribolla Gialla 2005 (about $25; Slovenia) and Nicolas Joly Les Clos Sacres 2004 (about $40; Savennieres, France).

Two of my favorite local wines are Ravines Dry Riesling 2006 ($18; Finger Lakes, New York) and Wolffer Late Harvest Chardonnay 2005 ($40; Long Island, New York).

My favorite way to recycle wine bottles: Flower vase ($0; kitchen counter).

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