In 1997 researchers at the University of California at Davis, backed by DNA analysis, revealed shocking news: Cabernet Sauvignon was the love child of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the result of a likely spontaneous cross somewhere in the Bordeaux region. This was surprising for two reasons. It established that a dark-skinned grape could have a white parent. It also revealed, counterintuitively, that two varieties with considerably lighter wine profiles could produce a grape associated with fuller body, higher alcohol and more copious tannins.
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Even in this modern age, some winemakers choose to work their vineyards with horses. Horses can reach into places tractors can't, they can navigate steeper slopes, their feet don't pack down the soil like tractor tires do and they even leave fertilizer in their wake! Not to mention they make for good company out in the field.
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