The bushfires in Australia not only drew the attention of the world (though not the Australian prime minister) to how climate change can dramatically affect a country, they also highlighted how extreme events can decimate a wine industry overnight.

Brian Croser, one of the most knowledgeable producers and commentators Down Under, has pointed out that the circumstances which transformed the continent into a furnace were not solely attributable to global warming. In a piece on Jancis Robinson’s website, he detailed what factors had come together to create this “perfect storm”...

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