Chinese create the vine of youth

by Wine

The red wine health craze is getting even crazier.  We’ve reported several times about the health benefits of resveratrol in red wine, and how it triggers a gene that encourages longevity .  Now Chinese researchers have engineered a grape variety that produces grapes that have six times the average amount of resveratrol.

red wine grapes

Want a grape with more resveratrol? The Chinese engineered one!

Yuejin Wang at the Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Yangling, Shaanxi province, China engineered the grape variety with an extra gene.  The extra gene triggers resveratrol production.  The researchers’ primary goal was to make a grape that was more resistant to fungus.  Resveratrol apparently also retards fungi growth (is there anything this compound can’t do?).

The scientists plan to make wine with the new grape.  Here’s to their health!

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DJ Spiess

DJ Spiess

Beer buddy

I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!