>> Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wine is a beautiful thing when you stop to think about it. The complexities of flavors and bouquets are caused by a microbiological process. There are tannins in wine which do all sorts of silly things to proteins. Besides all the beautiful science, however, there is the flavor, the smell, the how-it-makes-you-feel of wine that we all love. Well, this wine lover just found another reason to appreciate this lovely grape libation!
In the wine's alcohol, there is a "footprint" of the amount of fossil-fuel derived carbon dioxide in the air above the vineyard! Since this is very accurate and there are so many vineyards, this is a better source of information about how much CO2 we are putting out. The CO2 reading stations are few and far between, but grapes are grown around the world. That, coupled with the fact that so many bottles are kept for so long, we have a record of fossil-fuel based CO2 dating back many years.
Not only is wine good for you because of the resveratrol, but it is a great map of the fossil fuel usage! So handy. Just don't drink any tiger wine. Not good. Wine from grapes. Good.
You can find the source article here.