June 14, 2019
It’s been said that wine growers are a conservative lot, in the sense that they stick with what’s worked. According to this article in the New York Times, there’s now empirical evidence behind the stereotype.
A new archaeological study, comparing the DNA of grape seeds found in dig sites in France to a database of contemporary grapes, found that the fruit in many cases was biologically unchanged for centuries. Take savagnin blanc, for example: “If you visit and sip the region’s white wines today, you’ll be tasting the exact same grape, down to the genetic level, that has gone into its wines for at least 900 years.”
I doubt the same can be said of, say, chicken.