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Drink Up: Carbon and Tannins

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From Wine Economics

I don't drink much wine, but ever since everyone got all carbon-conscious, I'd been feeling guilty about gravitating more toward Cote du Rhone than Sonoma when I'm in the liquor store. Surely it takes more fuel to get European wines to our shores than to truck it across the lower 48?

Not necessarily. Two wine researchers have drawn a wavy line that runs roughly from San Antonio to Toledo. Call it the continental divide of vino: those who live to the west of the line should drink California wines. To the east — the researchers claim — people harm the earth less by drinking European.

Amazing, what they can do today with maps!