Staff

UC Davis Winemaker Chik Brenneman Retired March 5, 2019

May 23, 2019

University of California, Davis (UC Davis) winemaker Charles “Chik” Brenneman retired from his position at the UC Davis Teaching and Research Winery on March 5, 2019 to pursue other winemaking opportunities and to have more time for personal interests. Brenneman joined the Department of Viticulture and Enology (V&E) as staff winemaker in 2006, when the department offices and teaching winery were still located in Wickson Hall on the UC Davis campus.

VEN welcomes new winemaker, Leticia Chacon-Rodriguez

May 09, 2019

Leticia Chacon-Rodriguez is the Department’s new winemaker/winery manager, a role previously held by Chik Brenneman who retired in March 2019. Leticia will oversee crush operations and wine production, teach enology students about winery operations and wine production, and assist faculty and researchers with winemaking research projects and trials.

Kaan Kurtural's Interview on SiriusXM Radio

February 01, 2019
Dr. Kaan Kurtural joined the faculty at University of California Davis in November 2015. His work focuses on vineyard mechanization and precision viticulture interpreting ecophysiological response of the grapevine to inherent variabilities that may exist in large landscapes. His laboratory is at the historic Oakville Experimental Vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley of California.
Winery rounds out the helm with Assistant Winemaker and Cellarmaster Andrea Thompson May 07, 2018

VEN winery leadership has at last rounded out the helm!  We welcomed Eric Hanson, Assistant Winemaker, in the Fall, and Ryan Leeman, Cellarmaster to our department in March.

Chik Brenneman wins College's Staff Award of Distinction

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.

Chik Brenneman to receive CAES' Award of Distinction for staff Andrea Thompson August 24, 2017

Chik Brenneman to receive CAES' Award of Distinction for staff

Teaching and Research Winery and Vineyard Updates Andrea Thompson August 21, 2017
Harvest, staffing and tackling Pierce's Disease: Chik Brenneman fills us in on the latest from the winery.
FST students and faculty present at IFT on Design Thinking for Food Andrea Thompson July 28, 2017
On June 26, FST students and faculty presented at the IFT annual meeting's IFTNEXT Sessions on Design Thinking for Food.
These UC Davis students are using science to change food waste forever Andrea Thompson June 02, 2017

Congratulations to the students working with Professor Ned Spang on the "End of Waste" project -- they won a Big Bang! prize, and are now featured on Uproxx.com.

Victor Duraj awarded UC Davis STAR award

January 20, 2017
BAE Safety Coordinator Victor Duraj was recently awarded the UC Davis STAR (Staff Appreciation and Recognition) Award. The STAR Award is for staff who who have demonstrated actions which resulted in positive outcomes, and Victor was nominated by the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Safety Services, Eric Kvigne.