Over a 22-year academic career at the University of California Davis, Carole Meredith changed the world of wine for ever. Using genetic markers and DNA fingerprinting, she helped to identify the parents of grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, as well as solving the mystery of Zinfandel’s origins. Now retired, she spoke to me from the celebrated Mount Veeder vineyard that she owns with her husband, Steve Lagier.
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