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22 April 2011—Breaking the Vessel: Chinese Management (Bustin' Stuff)
|[a] Rolling, Roiling RF|
So I came across an article the other day in the New York Times that noted the changes in the British wine-making industry.
|[b] Make Room RF|
Yes, you heard that correctly.
I did say "British" and "wine-making" in the same sentence. Lest you think that everything on the rainy, windswept isles is bland (except for strawberries, cream, and Wimbeldon...and Manchester football), sturdy red wines are gaining a toehold.
How could that...possibly...be?
Well, some think that it is because northern climes are getting more and more like the great wine-growing regions of yesteryear—storied venues such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the river banks of Provence. Take a look.
And this got me to thinking. It could be a wonderful thing for the Finger Lakes region of New York, and several other locations that used to be just a bit too chilly for effective grape care. There are a dozen terrible scenarios for serious climate change, and they are nothing at which to sneeze. Every once in a while a little narrative twist comes along—not so much to be celebrated, perhaps, as understood in a wider context of change and concern.
So here's the plan. Either we get control of this warming thing...or I'll be making a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc on the lush banks of the...
...Red River of the North.
The distribution center will be in Fargo.
As in North Dakota.
|[d] Springtime RF|