History And Commerce : The Chardonnay Grape Of The Species Vitis Vinifera Ssp
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RUNNING HEAD: FROM FRANCE TO OKLAHOMA: THE SUMMINATION IF CHARDONAY 1
FROM FRANCE TO OKLAHOMA: THE SUMMINATION OF CHARDONAY
FROM FRANCE TO OKLAHOMA: THE SUMMINATION IF CHARDONAY
One might think of the Chardonnay grape as a traveler, comparative to a nomadic race, roaming from place to place. From France to California, stopping along the way to leave its imprint on the locals - surviving in some areas to become a dominant part of history and commerce, as some members of a tribe might, and some continue on to search out the omnipresent dream of a promised land. For the Chardonnay grape, this Promised Land was California and its journey was fruitful. The Chardonnay grape of the species Vitis vinifera ssp. vinifera has long had a mysterious origin while expanding its future from the Old World to the New, enjoying cool temperatures and surviving thanks to its winter hardiness. Along the way, Chardonnay was planted in Oklahoma, and even though the land and climates are much different from those of its native France, Chardonnay continued to surprise. Steadfast and as stubborn as its growers, the vine production in Oklahoma continues to grow. These small, light green fruits can produce one of the most well-known and highly produced white wines in the world were inevitable. The origin Vitis vinifera ssp. vinifera has long been a mystery. With the discovery of DNA came the ability to research the grape’s genetic origin.