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Europe's winemakers break with tradition as the temperature rises



PARIS – Volatile summer weather in Europe, including the record-breaking heat waves that have recently scorched the continent, constitutes devastation in the wine country.

Temperatures rose to an unprecedented height of 115 degrees in parts of France, causing grapes to ripen before their acidity is fully developed, an important part of any wine's flavor profile. The summer drought followed the freak storms last year that hit the wine-growing regions of Bordeaux, Cognac and Champagne. In Italy, a summer of wildfires, hailworms and other extreme …


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