Noble Rot, Explained: How the World’s Great Sweet Wines Are Created by a Finicky Grey Fungus

  Legendary sweet wines Sauternes and Tokaj both get their flavor from the grey fungus Botrytis cinerea, which concentrates a grape’s flavors and sugars Despite their bad reputation, mold, yeast, and fungus are responsible for some of the tastiest things in our lives, such as blue cheese, bread, pizza crust, soy sauce, miso, and of course mushrooms and truffles. As wine lovers, we can’t forget Botrytis cinerea, the grey mold known as Noble Rot that under the right circumstances can affect grape bunches to create ethereally sweet wines such as Sauternes, Tokaji… Read More