Dario Cantù is a Professor and Plant Biologist in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. Part of his research is currently focused on grape genomics, gathering genetic information from the grapevine by sequencing the genomes of several varieties and then comparing them to find out the genetic differences between grape species and varieties. Every genome is different from another, and every grapevine clone, variety, and species have genetic differences. These differences can be very subtle or more substantial.
Nate Weis graduated from UC Davis with his MS in Viticulture & Enology in 2006. He is currently the Vice President of Winegrowing for Silver Oak Cellars, Twomey Cellars, and Timeless Napa Valley.
What have you been up to since you graduated?
The wildfires of 2020 changed the Oberholster lab harvest plan dramatically.
Suddenly, we had several grape varieties, on the UC Davis vineyards doorstep, exposed to heavy smoke and ash. We could not let the opportunity to study the varietal impact on smoke exposure slip through our fingers.