FrankenWines? I Think Not
Here is an example of why I am generally not opposed to Genetically Modified Organisms (generally called GMO’s, called "Frankenfoods" to others, and dubbed "Progress" some.) Over and over we see examples of
Progesss GMO’s that can aid in significantly reducing obstacles to growing better and more efficient plants.
With regard to vines, here are just a few of the modifications to grapes I’d like to see:
-vines immune to the effects of Piece’s Disease
-Vines less susceptible to mold and rot
-vines immune to phylloxera
-vines incapable of producing grapes that can be described as "unctuous"
-vines that are self-prunning and carry their own cuttings to the burn pile
-vines that permanantly stay that golden-red color that appears usually during fall
-vines incapable of producing grapes that can be transformed into 15.0%-plus alcohol wines
There is currently a campaign to ban all GMOs in Sonoma County. Such a ban was also passed in Mendocino County north of Sonoma County. And you can bet more bans on GMOs will be introduced in other areas of California and the United States.
I’ve yet to see a compelling arguement that suggests these bans on GMO are more help than hindrence when introduced judiciously and monitored. My hope is that the path to better wine through gentetics is not blocked.