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Drought-affected vines.

Climate change is not an uncontroversial subject, with a spectrum of opinions which range from whether or not we are still living in a period of global warming, to the possible causes, and to whether or not it is within our power to do anything about it. The extreme denialists (of which I am not one) argue that global warming peaked in 1998 and that the 2015 sudden reversal of the cooling trend was the result of the El Nino of that year. Others accept that despite the cooler landmass pattern (2015 excepted) since 1998 the additional heat is discernible in the rising temperature of the oceans (rather than on the surface of the planet). This, they maintain, is driving the more extreme weather patterns and is as important as the rising land/surface temperature patterns recorded in the second half of the 20th century.

With all of the buzzwords tossed about in our modern consumer lexicon, it is difficult to track what is actually worthy of attention. One word that is deserving is sustainability. In the wine industry, sustainability is the ongoing practice of producing high quality grapes and wines in ways that support the land and people. In the Monterey wine industry, we call this good business.