Fears are growing over this year's champagne quality after an unusually warm spring in France has resulted in the earliest harvest since records began. Low yields are predicted with lower acidity, meaning the drink will lose it crisp, sharp quality. Global warming has been blamed for the unseasonably hot spring when crops were exposed to almost double the average amount of sunshine. Climate changes have already resulted in some champagne houses considering planting vineyards in southern England. The Sunday Telegraph 01/07/07 page 10