UPDATE: it seems the deadline for the petition I posted about below has passed. Sorry for the trouble, folks! Watch this space for updates on the Mosel bridge situation, as I find out more… I’ve left my original post below, for those who want to know what all the commotion was about… -Alan
Today is a quick post without any reviews. To make a long story short, authorities in Germany have plans to build a highway (elevated on stilts, it sounds like) that will run over some of the top riesling vineyards in the world, in the famed Mosel region. For those of you who are not familiar with the vineyards of Germany, this is something like building a highway over Pauillac in Bordeaux, Vosne Romanee in Burgundy, or Oakville in Napa Valley. The actual effects are debated and well covered in this article in Slate by Mike Steinberger, but it doesn’t take much to imagine that the traffic, pollution, construction, etc. could all irreparably damage some unique and hallowed wine terroirs in the Mosel region. To oenophiles everywhere, the question has got to be, “why would you take the chance with world-famous vineyard land?!?”
Fortunately, there is one thing we can do to help – here is an online petition to the German government to protest the highway plan. Please fill it out even if you’re not a riesling fan – you never know when you might be (I wasn’t until the last year or two, and now it’s one of my two most indispensable varieties), and even if you never are, your support will benefit wine lovers everywhere. The petition is in German, but there are English translations on the left side of the page to guide you through the process of signing the petition. Please help if you can, this riesling lover thanks you!