What exactly is a Frankenvine? Did you know that there are over 150 legal chemicals that are added to wine to do everything from creating taste, texture and sight to preserving and speeding up the fermentation process? Did you know that these chemicals do not have to be labeled?
Food Integrity Now spoke with Gary Conway, artist, former actor and a three-decade viticulturist, farmer and owner of Carmody McKight Winery. So what exactly is Conway talking about when he talks about Frankenvines? Conway explained how when the grapevines are grafted and hybridized, the nutrients from the soil are blocked and thus create a nutrient-deplete beverage that no longer remotely resembles the wines of our ancestors. He compares this process to that of our GMO foods–which are also nutrient deplete! He speaks about the history of wine making, which is as old as 10,000 years and how it has been forgotten. Conway claims that the wines of today have been so industrialized and the soils have been chemically fertilized, that wine really isn’t wine–it is more of a wine-like beverage. He explains how the quality of the mass-produced wine has little to none of the health benefits that most of us associate with wine.
Conway’s winery has invited studies as to the nutrient density of his soil from prestigious universities such as UC Davis and Cal Poly. His claims about the quality of his wines and the quality of his soil are documented at his winery and on his website. He calls it the “blood test” which he feels is so important when talking about quality wine. He challenges any winemaker to disprove his claim that his winery is the “only winery in the world” making truly natural wines.
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