Fishy Vines Produce Great Wines

The ingredients for the perfect California wine Grapes: sunshine, water, and dead salmon. Researchers found that when Salmon died naturally in two Northern California rivers, the fish were eaten by animals. The animals then converted the fish into a nitrogen rich fertilizer for grapevines. Improving the quantity — and likely — quality of the grapes. Said researcher Joseph Merz, "No doubt some of the best California wine has salmon in it."

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Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne with the ingredients for a perfect California wine: grapes, sunshine, water, and dead salmon. Researchers found that when Salmon died naturally in two Northern California rivers, the fish were eaten by animals. The animals then converted the fish into a nitrogen-rich fertilizer for grapevines. Thus improving the quantity, and even quality, of the grapes. Says researcher Joseph Merz: no doubt, some of the best California wine has salmon in it.

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