Making News

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. 

FST doctoral student wins Danone national fellowship

May 24, 2019

Congratulations are in order for Nick Jensen, a doctoral student in the Mills lab (Micro Grad Group), who just was recently a national fellowship for $25K from Danone North America.

The fellowship was designed for full-time graduate students in the United States. To be eligible, students had to be US citizens and remain in good standing with their university. 

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.

Course Profile: VEN 126 Wine Stability with Dr. Ron Runnebaum

May 21, 2019

The Wine Stability course (VEN 126) addresses the most important physical, chemical and enzymatic reactions in juices and wines as well as the theory and principles associated with adjustment of acidity, fining, stabilization for shipping and clarification of wines.  The course provides the scientific basis and a quantitative perspective of our understanding of the physical and chemical reactions in wines, besides the ethanol and malolactic fermentations.

By the completion of this class, the student should be able to:

Department of Viticulture and Enology's Unified Symposium Recap

May 13, 2019

In January, the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology exhibited a booth and hosted a reception at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento.  The department's professors, cooperative extension specialists, staff and students hosted the booth at different times in order to interact with attendees of the symposium. Folks who stopped by our booth were treated to department brochures, the latest newsletter, a list of upcoming educational programs, Dropstops®, and candy! 

Why some red wines taste 'dry'

May 10, 2019
Wine connoisseurs can easily discriminate a dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, from a fruitier red, like Pinot Noir. Scientists have long linked the "dryness" sensation in wine to tannins, but how these molecules create their characteristic mouthfeel over time is not fully understood. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have found that tannin structure, concentration and interactions with saliva and other wine components influence the perception of dryness.

Carl Winter quoted in US News and World Report article

May 10, 2019

In an article written for US News and World Report, registered dietician Dr. Joan Sagle Blake implored her readers to keep eating fresh produce, despite the recent release of this year's "Dirty Dozen", which lists the 12 fruits and vegetables available in the U.S. that have the most pesticide residues.

In the article, she quotes FST's Dr. Carl Winter. His research detecting pesticides in foods and evaluating their risk to humans is used to inform the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Data Program.

Eduardo Dingler, Wine to Sake: The Oakville Winegrowers

May 10, 2019
Undoubtedly one of my favorite events of the year, the Oakville Winegrowers delivered another exciting day full of in-depth vineyard and state-of-the-industry discussions, an epic flight of wines showcasing vintage and location differences and, of course, the walk-around tasting where the vintners from this famed region gathered to share their latest vintage releases.

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.