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Humans adapt the world around them to match their preferences. Nicole Walker, for one, prefers her wine red. She prefers the ambient temperature to be seventy-five. She prefers the dream of her children running through grapevines as she tastes wines from rosé to grenache. She prefers the idea that climate change will be slow and palatable but maybe the world won’t stop to adapt for her. Maybe it’s time for Nicole to adapt her preferences to match the real world. Maybe it’s time Nicole be grateful for any kind of wine. Even chardonnay.
AN EXCERPT FROM EP 81
“The winegrowers are trying to be optimistic about climate change. It’s worth a try, I think. Why spend your days imagining whole forests desertified? Whole ice caps melted? Whole polar bears drowning? Humans are basically optimists and people who grow grapes are good at looking at the bright side of things. In Canada, thanks to global warming, vintners are already hoping they will be able to raise cabernet sauvignon grapes.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
NICOLE WALKER is the author of four books: Microcosm (forthcoming), Egg, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, and This Noisy Egg. She edited Bending Genre with Margot Singer. She is nonfiction editor at Diagram and associate professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where it rains like the Pacific Northwest, but only in July.