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Archived News

Recap of the 2017 Pete Christensen Wine Grape Short Course

January 18, 2018

Our 2017 Pete Christensen Wine Grape Short Course was held on December 12 and 13 on the UC Davis campus.  The 2-day program brought a full house of industry winegrape growers and winemakers each day.  The programs were moderated by Cooperative Extension Specialist in Viticulture, Dr. Kaan Kurtural, and included a full range of topics including the latest research on all things vineyard-related. Our speakers came here from all over California, as well as Oregon and Washington.

Recent Publications of VEN faculty Andrea Thompson January 17, 2018

Find the latest publications of the department by clicking on the link below.

Recap of On the Road in the Foothills Andrea Thompson January 11, 2018

UC Davis hosted another successful On the Road event in the Sierra Foothills wine country, in collaboration with farm advisor Lynn Wunderlich. The program on the 28th of November covered a wide range of topics, from using winery wastewater for irrigation by Dr. Anita Oberholster to micro-oxygenation discussed by Professor Andrew Waterhouse. Microbiological issues from friend to foe were covered by Drs. Linda Bisson and Ben Montpetit as well as Lucy Joseph. Like always lunch was shared to exchange ideas about the future and needs of the industry.

Student Spotlight: Undergraduate Juan Alonso Andrea Thompson January 10, 2018

Juan Alonso is a transfer student from Napa Valley College who's currently a fourth-year undergraduate in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. Juan is originally from a small town in the state of Michoacan, Mexico but migrated to the Napa Valley when he was only four years old. Juan comes from a family of farmers that planted corn and strawberries back in Mexico, who quickly adjusted to working with grapes. This is the root of his interest in agriculture.

Chik Brenneman wins College's Staff Award of Distinction Andrea Thompson January 09, 2018

Charles “Chik” Brenneman, winemaker and facility manager for the Department of Viticulture and Enology, oversees all winemaking operations and has been an invaluable partner with the faculty in creating UC Davis’ world-renowned research and teaching program and facilities. In October at the 2017 College Celebration he was honored among staff with the CA&ES Award of Distinction.

Oberholster Lab: Smoke taint research

January 08, 2018

The devastating 2017 wildfires in Northern California affected many producers in the wine country of Napa, Sonoma and Humboldt counties. Many questions have arisen about the repercussions on grapes and winemaking in these areas. Researchers at UC Davis are working now to help determine some answers. Our thoughts are with everyone impacted by these fires.

Two Postdoctoral Positions in Biometeorology and Remote Sensing to work on the Grape Remote sensing Atmospheric Profile & Evapotranspiration eXperiment (GRAPEX) Ahmad Hakim February 22, 2018

We are seeking two highly motivated, organized, and dynamic scientists to fill Postdoctoral Researcher positions in biometeorology and remote sensing at the University of California, Davis (UCD) to work on the Grape Remote sensing Atmospheric Profile & Evapotranspiration eXperiment (GRAPEX).

Assistant Project Scientist in the area of yeast characterization Ahmad Hakim March 05, 2018
The Department of Food Science and Technology is recruiting for an Assistant Project Scientist in the area of yeast characterization. A PhD in microbiology, applied bioscience or a related field is required.
Dr. Sue Ebeler awarded Advising Administrator Award Andrea Thompson December 11, 2017
The Global Community for Academic Advising Pacific Region 9 has selected VEN Professor Sue Ebeler as Winner for the Region 9 Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrator Award!
UCD researchers awarded $790,000 from Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Andrea Thompson December 04, 2017
The grant's focus aims to save energy by finding alternate means of drying in food production. One of Dr. Spang's specialty areas is energy efficiency.
Student Spotlight: Undergrad Kyla Broderick Andrea Thompson December 04, 2017
Kyla Broderick is a 4th year food science major and U.S. history minor from San Diego. Her interest in food science began when she read a newspaper article about plant-based meat.
Sign up for the Winemaking summer abroad program in France Andrea Thompson November 27, 2017
This program introduces students to winemaking and covers grape types, grape production, fermentation science, wine styles, alcohol and health, sensory evaluation, wine history, and an overview of the major wine regions of the world. We will use the opportunity of being in France to visit many of the major French wine regions, including Alsace, Burgundy, Beaujolais, the northern and southern Rhone, and Provence.
Course Profile: FST 198 - Food Law and Regulations Andrea Thompson November 27, 2017
This Spring the Food Law and Regulations course will be offered again by Professors Bwalya Lungu and Ned Spang.
Food Tech Club students tour Renaissance Food Group Andrea Thompson November 22, 2017
Students toured GH Foods in Sacramento, which is the flagship fresh-cut processing facility of the Renaissance Food Group.
Food Tech Club Student Demo Focused on Pie Andrea Thompson November 22, 2017
With a focus on learning how shortening affects gluten, students made crusts (and fillings) in the spirit of the season.
VEN grad student takes 2nd in Best Wine Student of La Soiree competition Andrea Thompson November 20, 2017
Congratulations to Edward Kronfli III, who placed second in the Best Wine Student of La Soiree competition in San Francisco on November 17.