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While climate change menaces vineyards in southern Europe, English winemakers are raising a toast to warming weather as it improves their wines and has contributed to reviving an ancient tradition.England has gone from having only a few wineries three decades ago to having more than 600 today, according to Alistair Nesbitt, who researches climate change and the wine industry at the University of East Anglia.Climate change and chalky soils have largely benefitted English sparkling wines, which accounted for more than two-thirds of the more than 6 million bottles produced last year.Glasses of Ridgeview Grosvenor Blanc de Blancs 2009, a sparkling wine from the South Downs in Sussex, got an official stamp of quality when it was served at Buckingham Palace at a state dinner in October in honour of visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping.On some years, some vineyards have been able to produce good pinot noir, according to Foss, but the quality cannot yet be relied upon due to changeableweather that remains a dampener on potential.
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