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Winemakers Tap AI to Salvage Grapes as Wildfires Rage

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Grapes' exposure to the smoke of wildfires could mar the finished wine.

California winemakers are using artificial intelligence to help salvage grapes damaged by smoke from the states massive wildfires.

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Software startup Tastry Inc. has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that can help California winemakers salvage grapes damaged by wildfire smoke.

The model narrows down viable blending options that can mask smoky flavors, reducing production delays compared with manually taste-testing numerous variations.

Tastry's system creates unique flavor profiles by analyzing the chemical compounds in different grapes, then digitizing those profiles and combining them with a dataset of digitized responses from proprietary consumer-palate surveys.

Tastry's Katerina Axelsson said, "If your grapes are tainted by smoke, Tastry's palate profiles and AI can run all kinds of combinations of compounds to arrive at a blend that most people will like."

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