Wine Grape Clones

Wine Grape Clone Survey

1. Are you aware that all the major grape varieties, such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Chardonnay, have numerous sub-categories within each variety which are referred to as clones?
2. For example, a particular clone of Merlot may exhibit spicy, floral flavors, whereas another may be more fruity and jammy. When purchasing a bottle of wine of a particular variety, would you be interested to know which clone was used to produce this wine?
3. When choosing a bottle of wine, what is the likelihood that your purchase would be influenced by identification of the clone?
4. What is the likelihood that you would pay more for a bottle of wine if you knew that the clone used exhibited the characteristics that you prefer?
5. These clone variations are a result of naturally occurring mutations. If a bottle was labeled as a certain clone what would be your level of confidence that the clone was correctly identified?
6. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement: The wine industry in Washington State would benefit from a resource that could genetically confirm clonal identity.
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