Grape expectations

Climate change is already transforming the wine industry

By Susan Gaidos, 19:26 PM January 23, 2014

Antonio Busalacchi knows quality wine. As a sommelier, his educated palate can discern the oak undertones or mineral accents of a wine — flavors that elude most wine drinkers. He picks up on other nuances too. One sip of deep, inky purple, and he can distinguish the jammy, syrup-ripe fruit flavor of a shiraz grown in a warm climate from the lean olive notes of a syrah, made from the same grape, grown in a cooler region of France.

In his day job, Busalacchi offers another take on his favorite w...

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