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Wine thing to know - Ampelography

Served at 9:54 AM on Wednesday, April 09, 2008

New interest drives one to seek more about the subject. Fork and Cork wants to get you revved up with just the right stuff. We wanted to start something like "Wine term of the day" or something similar, but then we realized, it could even be an "Interesting Wine Fact". Well then, we have them clubbed together and decided to call it "Wine thing to know".

And the WTTK this time is Ampelography! What a mouthful, you may say. But wait till you get to know what it is.

Ampelography (Ampelos, 'vine' + graphy, 'writing') is the field of botany concerned with the identification and classification of grapevines. Traditionally this has been done by comparing the shape and colour of the vine leaves and grape berries. In recent times, vines are studied using even DNA fingerprinting!

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