Is the glass half empty or half full?

From AON, an Insurance and Risk management company in the UK February 12, 2007 -
Global warming and the fact that southern English soil is similar to that in Champagne has helped to grow critics’ recognition of the increasingly popular homegrown wine.

From The Argus September 22, 2006 -
The Mediterranean-style summer has boosted expectations of a fine crop among the country's small but burgeoning wine industry, with some vineyard owners predicting that 2006 could yield an English vintage to look back on with pride.

From Telegraph UK April 20, 2007 -
British vineyards had their most successful harvest in a decade last year, producing around three million bottles of wine. "Almost perfect" weather conditions in 2006, including a mild spring and a hot July, led to an early, bumper crop of grapes in England and Wales.

Changes in farming subsidies, and the warmer British summers of the last few years, are persuading more and more farmers to diversify into wine production.

"The official statistics for last year are not due out until next month, but we are expecting three million bottles to have been produced last year. This will mean more than a million more bottles than were produced in 2005."

The last time English producers broke the three million bottle barrier was after the hot summer of 1996, she said.

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