Making News

Course Profile: VEN 170 Wine Regulations

August 08, 2019

VEN 170, Wine Regulations, was taught for the first time in the spring of 2019. The course covered regulation of the wine industry, including regulation at the local, state, and federal levels. This material was covered with the help of outside speakers in a seminar style. Topics included the Taxation and Trade Bureau, Alcoholic Beverage Control, OSHA, FDA/FSMA, and importation and distribution. In addition, Chik Brenneman, former UC Davis Winemaker, went through all of the steps and agencies he had to deal with in order to start his own winery business.

Congratulations to VEN scholarship winners

August 06, 2019

Congratulations to all of our students who won scholarships this year!  Scholarship winners were celebrated on June 4 at a barbecue overlooking the Good Life Garden at UC Davis.  Many donors were present at the celebration and mingled with the students.  The Department is grateful to our generous donors who make these opportunities possible. 

New System More Accurately Estimates Vineyard Crop Yields

August 06, 2019
A company is developing a computer vision system to estimate vineyard crop yield with the collaboration of UC Davis scientists. On Friday, Nathan Strong, president and chief executive officer at Terroir AI in Menlo Park, demonstrated the system at UC Davis’ Oakville Station. Strong installed a box containing four sensor cameras in the back of the station’s ATV, the cameras adjusted for the high-wire trellis system of the experimental block.

Professor Sue Ebeler's ASEV Honorary Research Lecture

August 05, 2019

Professor Sue Ebeler recently gave the ASEV Honorary Research Lecture at the ASEV annual meeting in June.  Her lecture, titled "Perspectives on Grape and Wine Flavor: Past, Present, and Future" is summarized in the abstract below:

Title: Perspectives on Grape and Wine Flavor: Past, Present, and Future

Student Profile: Ph.D. student Jordan Beaver

July 29, 2019

Jordan Beaver is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group at UC Davis. Growing up in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Jordan developed a love for the outdoors, including camping, hiking, rock climbing, and canoeing, as well as a deep appreciation for Southern BBQ.

Student Profile: PhD candidate Mackenzie Batali

July 29, 2019

Mackenzie Batali has finished the second year of graduate study at UC Davis, on track to achieve her PhD.  Born and raised in Seattle in a restaurant family, she received her bachelors degree in chemistry from Lewis and Clark College with an honors thesis focusing in organic sythesis of resveratrol analogues for use in medical devices. 

Machines Poised To Replace Vineyard Workers

July 23, 2019
One of the greatest expenses of making wine is the cost of people. Much of the work in picking wine grapes, or really any fruit, is the cost of doing the work by hand. Many hands are required. For now, that is; inventors continue to tweak designs for machines that can prune and pick in the vineyards and orchards. The Viticulture & Enology program at the University of California-Davis is involved in the transition, as is the UC's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Kaan Kurtural of UCD visits with George Zhuang of UCANR .

Parting words from Dr. Carl Winter

June 27, 2019

Dr. Carl Winter, Specialist in Cooperative Extension and Vice Chair of this Department, is retiring from UC Davis at the end of June, 2019 after 28 years with the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology, and 32 years with the University of California. 

UCD team wins 2nd place in Ocean Spray Student Product Development Competition

June 12, 2019

Congratulations to the UC Davis FST team who received second place in the 2019 Ocean Spray Product Development competition!

The team was led by Melvinna Tania, and includes Olga Lawrence, Mary-Ann Chen, Tonya Xie, and Bryan Magaline.  They created their product, Cranwich: bite-sized cookies, naturally flavored and dyed pink with cranberry concentrate.  The cookies sandwich a filling made from real whole cranberries, chia seeds, and agave nectar.