Club Write-ups

Explorer Club
March 2023

Tim's Wine Market

Working in a wine shop we do not have as much dirt under our nails as those who make the products we sell, but make no mistake we are selling an agricultural product. To that end we are acutely aware that wine is no stranger to the effects of climate change. While we can debate the cause of the changing climate, there is no refuting the facts that in the past 40 years the growing conditions have changed in most of the wine regions of the world. Whether it is consistent wildfires in Australia and Americas, or uncharacteristic late spring frosts and extremely high summer temperatures in Europe, the conversation with winemakers inevitably steers towards adapting to a changing climate. This month, we examine two varieties that are well suited for heat and humidity, Touriga Nacional and Barbera. When speaking with winemakers across the globe they are two varieties that pop up in almost every conversation. So this month we present two examples from their countries of origin and show what attributes make them so interesting for the future.

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2020 The Messenger Touriga Nacional

2020 Vietti Barbera d’Asti “Tre Vigne”

Italian Sausage with White Beans and Kale