Role of Technology
Posted 23 June 2003 - 09:47 AM
More radically, what do you think the future holds in terms of technology in the long term for winemakers? Do you think additions of synthetic flavors, or naturally extracted flavors will ever be widely accepted in wine? Some winemakers admit to the use of oak chips in a bag; there is probably some other stuff going on that isn't admitted to. What about genetically modifed grapes? This is all still science fiction but these days, science fiction can turn into reality pretty fast.
I'd be interested to hear whether wine makers are thinking about this or whether they are still debating synthetic corks
Posted 26 June 2003 - 07:39 AM
As for GM vines, I can quite see all sorts of useful applications, and my guess is that if and then it gets the go-ahead, it will be for thoroughly positive purposes. It's in the bigger, global agribusiness than I have my doubts about some of the uses to which this technology is being put. As you hint, however, I suspect the wine world is not thinking hard enough about this issue.