The Science of Sustainability

Napa Wineries Face Global Warming

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The Napa and Sonoma microclimates produce world famous wines, but what happens if the climate changes? Scientists are predicting that global warming could increase the number of super-hot days in the California wine region, interfering with the way grapes ripen. Local scientists and wineries are beginning to look at how to prepare.

You may view the "Napa Wineries Face Global Warming" story online, as well as find additional links and resources.

Gabriela Quirós is a Segment Producer for KQED-TV, and is the producer for this story.

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Gabriela Quirós

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Gabriela Quirós is a TV Producer for KQED Science & Environment. She started her journalism career in 1993 as a newspaper reporter in Costa Rica, where she grew up. She won two national reporting awards there for series on C-sections and organic agriculture, and developed a life-long interest in health reporting. She moved to the Bay Area in 1996 to study documentary filmmaking at the University of California-Berkeley, where she received master’s degrees in journalism and Latin American studies. She joined KQED as a TV producer when QUEST started in 2006 and has covered everything from Alzheimer’s to bee die-offs to dark energy. She has shared two regional Emmys, and four of her stories have been nominated for the award as well. Independent from her work on QUEST, she produced and directed the hour-long documentary Beautiful Sin for PBS, about the surprising story of how Costa Rica became the only country in the world to outlaw in-vitro fertilization.
  • Deborah Meckler

    I loved the detail in which you discussed what happens to grapes with different kinds of weather (which makes me think that I should look into growing pinot in my fog-shrouded back yard) but a detail I would have been interested to hear about is what will happen with pollination as the climate changes. Are insects required? And how will climate changes affect them?