Wine Education on Grape Waste and Ranch Dressing
If you love ranch dressing almost as much as you love wine, we have some good news for you. Scientists are working on ways to make better use of the grape waste that's produced while making wine, and one of those applications may extend the life of fatty foods like ranch dressing.
Up until now, it was hard to know what to do with the leftover parts of the grape that don't wind up in the wine. That would be almost a quarter of the grapes when you add up the seeds, stalk, and skins. They typically wind up in landfills as grape waste or pomace to use the technical term. As that pomace accumulates, it may become harmful to the environment.
Fortunately, you can continue drinking wine without any such worries because scientists are already working to turn this situation around. In fact, they've proposed a solution that would make pomace a renewable resource that could make the environment cleaner, and make winemaking more profitable.
In fact, there are many potential uses for those grape products that are much better than landfills. Farmers might use pomace for compost or fertilizer. It could also be valuable for dietary supplements, medications, and coloring in cosmetics, especially now that many consumers prefer to see natural ingredients on the labels of the products that they're buying.
And, yes, we haven't forgotten the ranch dressing. Pomace shows the potential to slow down oxidation, so a bottle may last longer even in warm temperatures.
The research was presented at the 255th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in New Orleans by an investigating team led by Changmou Xu, Ph.D. a Research Assistant Professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
At Vino Fine Wine and Spirits, we've always been against wasting grapes, and we're happy about any developments that protect the environment. While you're waiting for that longer lasting ranch dressing, we invite you explore our collection for the right bottle for every occasion.
- Adam Linet