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A&GS Friends Society invites you to a wine pairing event featuring UCAR President,
Tony Busalacchi talking about
Impact of Climate Change on Global Viticulture

October 18th, 2019

at the National Weather Center
Dress: business attire


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"Impact of Climate Change on Global Viticulture"
Antonio J. Busalacchi

The World Meteorological Organization is in the process of implementing a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). The four priority areas of the GFCS are food, water, health, and disaster risk reduction. As just one example of climate services, this presentation will discuss the observed climate-induced changes to date and those projected in 2050 and 2100 for 24 of the world's major wine producing regions. As viticulture is extremely sensitive to changes in temperature, precipitation, solar insolation, runoff, and humidity, grape growing and the overall quality of wine is thought to be seriously impacted by climate change. This presentation will review the various stages of grape phenology, the impact of climate on grape development in both the old and new world, and what changes may be expected for the wine industry over the next 50-100 years.


Antonio J. Busalacchi CWE, CSS, CSW: Vino Veritas Consulting ( is under the direction of Antonio Busalacchi. As a grandson of Sicilian immigrants who made their own wine during the Great Depression, “Tony” comes from a family that has been in the restaurant business for over 65 years. The Busalacchi family has established nearly a dozen restaurants over the years in Milwaukee, Mexico City, and San Diego. Initially, Tony Busalacchi chose a different career path earning B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics and oceanography at Florida State University. Having worked for years at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and later at the University of Maryland, he found his aspiration coming full circle back to the family business. Presently, he is an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Busalacchi sits on the Board of Directors of the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation. He is also a Certified Wine Educator, Certified Specialist of Wine, and Certified Specialist of Spirits with the Society of Wine Educators. In 2011, he was chosen as one of 10 Americans invited to the Deutsches Weininstitut Spring Sommelier Class in Germany. Previously, he served as Vice Echanson National with the Chaine des Rotisseurs food and wine organization with responsibility to assist in their wine education and organization of a National Young Sommelier competition. Antonio Busalacchi is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Gastronomic Sciences (Università di Scienze Gastronomiche) in Bra, Italy. Operating out of Boulder and Vail, Colorado, and the French Quarter in New Orleans; Vino Veritas provides a broad range of consulting services including wine education, wine list and wine program development, and viticultural weather and climate forecasting services, nationally and abroad.