World faces global wine shortage

Half the world struggle in finding enough food to eat and half the world worry about wine shortages.  There’s something wrong here.

Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than ...

Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than the bluish-gray coloring of Pinot gris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

In Vino Veritas

Take care in the crush,
don’t get caught in the rush
for the Zinfandel blush
now there’s a shortage of wine.

The Macon has all gone,
with the Dom Perignon,
the Moselle as well.
The Sancerre’s not there,
the Fitou too
and as for Chianti,
its sources are scanty
now there’s a shortage of wine.

You’ll have to go far for a Pinot Noir.
Pouilly Fume and Muscadet
have all had their day
like Chardonnay and Beaujolais.
At least there’s still some Pouilly Fuisse,
a Pinot Gris and a fine Chablis
but like the Valdepeñas
they’re going, going, they won’t last
now there’s a shortage of wine.

We’re drinking too much,
the vendanges can’t keep up
with demand for the juice of the grape.
So forget the Medoc, ChateauNeuf, Chenin Blanc –
you’ll just have to switch to plonk,
now there’s a shortage of wine.

 

 

1st November 2013 – headline from the BBC

Notes:  “World faces global wine shortage – report.”  The world is facing a wine shortage, with global consumer demand already significantly outstripping supply, a report has warned.  The research by America’s Morgan Stanley financial services firm says demand for wine “exceeded supply by 300m cases in 2012”.  It describes this as “the deepest shortfall in over 40 years of records”.  Last year, production also dropped to its lowest levels in more than four decades.  Global production has been steadily declining since its peak in 2004, when supply outweighed demand by about 600m cases.

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