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White: The Wine Industry’s Future

Interviewee: Michael A. White, Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University
Interviewer: Lee Hudson Teslik, Assistant Editor
December 31, 2007

Climate change promises significant changes for most agricultural industries, but grape growers face particularly serious challenges. Grapes are a finicky crop, more susceptible than most to sudden temperature swings. Michael A. White, a professor at Utah State University and an expert on climatology and the wine industry, says the coming century could see a substantial increase in the number of hot days experienced in present winemaking regions like California’s Napa Valley. He predicts a shift in winemaking to more northern locales, and also discusses how new technology can help keep some current winemakers in business.

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