I highly recommend clicking through to the full text of the article to see the "family tree" in all its glory: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/ ... l.pdf+html
Lest you get too excited, it's not really a family tree, because the ultimate parents aren't known in most cases. In other words, though it looks like Traminer is the parent, it's really just one of many.
Whatta crock, Walt. Everyone...but everyone knows that Syrah is the center of the viticultural universe...not Traminer!!!
TomHill wrote:The article just hit the NYTimes:
Actually, it's a pretty good summary of the article. Worth reading. It seems to be making the case for GM grapevines to become
more common. We'll see how that flies w/ the fussy frogs across the pond.
For some reason, the article's author doesn't share my indignation over Syrah not being the center of the universe!!!
TomHill wrote:4. That Viognier and Syrah are siblings. Yea!!!
6. That Pinot shows the greatest genetic diversity of any of the varieties. Jeez...no wonder Calif Pinot doesn't taste like RedBurgundy.
TomHill wrote:. It seems to be making the case for GM grapevines to become more common. We'll see how that flies w/ the fussy frogs across the pond.
Mark Lipton wrote: Which do you think would more enrage French vignerons: GM Syrah or Chambourcin?
Peter May wrote:TomHill wrote:. It seems to be making the case for GM grapevines to become more common. We'll see how that flies w/ the fussy frogs across the pond.
Or the fussy Yanks or Brits or whatever who appear to want to drink from the same pool of classic varieties.... Where are the consumers who are asking for new varieties?
It takes a very very long time for a new grape variety to get acceptance and since French appellation laws specify which varieties may be grown in most areas a new variety, GM or not, would have no impact on most of France.
I believe the disease is limited to Mexico, South America, the Southern US and parts of California. I think the winters are too cold for the host parasite in the Midwest and Northeast. Here is an interesting link about the new hybrids being developed: http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Grape-Researcher-Breeds-Vines-Resistant-to-Pierces-Disease_3509Paul Winalski wrote:A solution to Pierce's Disease is probably the most pressing viticultural need at the moment.
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