Pinot noir genome cracked

So is this significant? There’s lots of coverage. Here is the official scientific paper <link> it’s heavy going; and here it is again in Science Daily <link>. This one can be understood. I like it’s conclusion…

“This description of the grape genome presents an opportunity to direct genetic improvement or disease resistance,” says Brian Dilkes. “The genome sequence simultaneously identified hundreds of genes, which correspond to enzymes that produce flavor and aroma compounds. This will allow breeding for diseases resistance to proceed without disturbing the biochemistry of taste and grape quality. When I told sommelier Andrew Meadows about this recently, his reaction was, ‘Good! I would love to offer a decent Pinot for less than $30’.”

Me too! 

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