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Archived News

New, modern vineyard planted at Oakville Station

July 16, 2018

The Oakville Station is a getting a boost from redevelopment.  As the vines from previous research studies matured, and as industry needs have changed, we have started redeveloping the vineyards.  The new vineyards are using modern trellis and irrigation systems and are being installed to accommodate mechanization. 

Recap of recent Wine Flavor 101 programs

July 11, 2018

On June 4th the Department organized a Wine Flavor 101 program on campus titled “Managing Red Wine Quality”. After an overview by Anita Oberholster (Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology), a great selection of talks by Professors Dave Block, Jim Harbertson and Andy Waterhouse covered topics such as the impact of cap management, fermentation temperature, extended maceration, exogenous tannins and micro-oxygenation on wine composition and potentially quality. The findings of many of these research studies were supported by wine tastings.

Awards Pour In for Charlie Bamforth

June 27, 2018

UC Davis brewing legend Charlie Bamforth has been honored this year with not one but three of the most prestigious global awards in his field.

Read all about them in the Laurels section of the UC Davis News site, linked below.

Congratulations to Dr. Bamforth!

Boundy-Mills (FST), Jeoh (BAE) and Hernes (LAWR) receive USDA-AFRI bioproducts grant

June 06, 2018

Kyria Boundy-Mills (Food Science and Technology), Tina Jeoh (Biological and Agricultural Engineering) and Peter Hernes (Land, Air and Water Resources) received a $500,000, 2-year award from USDA-AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts challenge area. The objectives of this funding program were to develop novel technologies to convert the lignin or nanocellulose fractions of lignocellulose to value-added materials.

Dr. Diane Barrett featured in NPR news story

May 18, 2018

Dr. Diane Barrett, Cooperative Extension Specialist Emerita, was recently featured in a news story on National Public Radio (NPR). 

Dr. Barrett explained her research for a news story titled "Frozen Food Fan? As Sales Rise, Studies Show Frozen Produce Is As Healthy As Fresh".

Listen to Dr. Barrett speak, or read the news story, on the NPR website.

CE Specialst Dr. Kaan Kurtural featured in Capital Press website

May 15, 2018

"In the heart of the Napa Valley, a vineyard produces fine Cabernet Sauvignon with virtually no help from laborers."

"The 40-acre “touchless vineyard” was established by Kaan Kurtural, a University of California Cooperative Extension specialist who has devoted much of his career to improving production efficiency in vineyards as labor shortages have worsened."  So begins an article by Tim Hearden on capitalpress.com, "the West's Ag Website". 

Bamforth awarded Brewers Association Recognition Award

May 01, 2018

This week at the at the Craft Brewers Conference, FST Distinguished Professor of Brewing, Dr. Charlie Bamforth was awarded the Brewers Association Recognition Award. 

The plaque Dr. Bamforth received says it's "honoring Charlie Bamforth whose inspiration, enthusiasm and support have contributed to the development of the American Craft Brewing Movement."

Over 14,000 delegates attend the Craft Brewers Conference, this year's conference was in Nashville, Tennesee from April 30-May 3.

Congratulations to Dr. Bamforth!

Linda Bisson reacts to Wine Flavor 101 that honored her career

May 01, 2018

I want to take this opportunity to thank the organizers (Kay and Anita) of "Wine Flavor 101: Managing Wine Quality – Problematic Fermentation", the program held on February 15 to celebrate my career. I also want to thank all the speakers for their kind words, particularly David Block and Charlie Edwards, on the impact I have had on their careers and the industry. It's very humbling to know that these things can mean so much to others.

Dr. Linda Harris interviewed on NBC

May 01, 2018

FST Chair Dr. Linda Harris was recently interviewed by NBC Bay Area for a story about food safety and the confusion consumers have around food expiration dates. 

In addition to being a Cooperative Extension Specialist for the Department of Food Science and Technology, Dr. Harris is also the Co-Principal Investigator and Chair of the Western Center for Food Safety.

Watch the video here.