Volume 88 Issue 50 | p. 31 | Concentrates
Issue Date: December 13, 2010

Drought Boosts Resveratrol In Cabernets

A water deficit boosts production of one form of the beneficial compound resveratrol in wine grapes
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: resveratrol, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay

A Franco-American research team led by Grant R. Cramer at the University of Nevada, Reno, has taken a stab at finding out how to increase levels of the beneficial compound resveratrol in wine, discovering that a little drought does wonders for boosting biosynthesis of the molecule in cabernet sauvignon grapes (J. Agric. Food Chem., DOI: 10.1021/jf1024888). The famous “French paradox”—the country’s low . . .

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