Wine and warming

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Global warming is a "mixed blessing" for winemakers: The prolonged warmer temperatures can increase the sugar content in grapes, all the while causing a drop in crop production due to the potential of droughts. (See: "Warmer temps affect taste and alcohol levels in unpredictable ways," Tuesday)

The fact that I can enjoy a cheap $10 dollar bottle of pinot noir might be the reason that wine is one of my least concerns compared to melting arctic ice sheets, increasing sea level rise, flooding coastal regions, prolonged periods of droughts, spread of infectious diseases, etc.

If the winemakers are said to be nervously "sweating" about the effects of increasing temperatures on their grapes, why aren't more Americans, especially our Congress, more concerned about the direct dangers of global warming? It is primal that Americans voice their concerns about the effects of global warming to their U.S. representatives and senators, showing policymakers that they need to be "sweating" as much as, or more than, those winemakers!

-- Subin Yoon, Coppell

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