Viticulture and Enology

VEN 3 in France: Introduction to Winemaking

November 08, 2018

One of the Department's more popular courses for non-majors and a required course for majors is VEN003, also known as Introduction to Winemaking. The curriculum includes an overview of the history of wine, viticulture, fermentation, winery operations, the physiology of wine consumption, wines produced in California and other major wine-producing regions and finally, the sensory evaluation of wine. Throughout the regular academic year, the course is taught to hundreds of UC Davis students, who want to learn more about wine. 

VEN 3 Summer Session in France with Chik Brenneman

November 06, 2018

One of the Department's more popular courses for non-majors and a required course for majors is VEN003, also known as Introduction to Winemaking. The curriculum includes an overview of the history of wine, viticulture, fermentation, winery operations, the physiology of wine consumption, wines produced in California and other major wine-producing regions and finally, the sensory evaluation of wine. Throughout the regular academic year, the course is taught to hundreds of UC Davis students, who want to learn more about wine. 

Viticulture and Enology’s Anita Oberholster and Linda Bisson honored in Wine Business Monthly

October 26, 2018

Anita Oberholster, UC Davis Cooperative Extension specialist in enology, is listed among the Wine Business Monthly’s 2018 list of the 50 most influential leaders in the wine business. Retired professor Linda Bisson was listed as an influential leader in the magazine’s “Hall of Fame.”

The magazine acknowledged Oberholster, who joined the Department of Viticulture and Enology in 2011, for “making wine research useful.” Her research focuses on the influence of viticultural practices and environmental factors on grape ripening and wine quality.

Student spotlight: DEVO president Jordan Axe

October 25, 2018

Jordan Axe is in her third year as an undergraduate in the Viticulture and Enology program.  She grew up in Walnut Creek, California where she enjoys the downtown atmosphere and watching her favorite East Bay sports teams play. Living so close to the wine country, her parents would take her as they went wine tasting on weekends to Napa, Sonoma, and sometimes Monterey.  She had always admired the sophisticated mood in the tasting rooms and watched as people swirled a beautiful assortment of colors and tilted their glasses to their noses to smell all the different aromas.

Treasury winemaker pursues his PhD in the Boulton Lab

July 31, 2018

Bob Coleman is a fourth year Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry student studying the kinetics and mechanism of wine oxidation with Dr. Roger Boulton in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. He was born and raised, third generation, in Sonoma County wine country, and still resides there with his wife, Cynthia, and daughter, Shannon. After receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry at UC Davis in 1993, he returned home and took a temporary harvest cellar position at Chateau Souverain in Alexander Valley.

Research Spotlight: Dr. Ron Runnebaum - Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Andrea Thompson July 26, 2018

Dr. Runnebaum’s lab works on developing processes for more sustainable use of our natural resources, including those important in winemaking. These processes often involve the development and use of solid materials that can be regenerated and reused and can both replace the use of chemicals and reduce solid waste produced. For example, researchers in the lab have begun studying alternatives to bentonite for protein fining by using solid materials as adsorbents in a continuously operated column.

Student Spotlight: Graduate student Derek Baljeu

July 24, 2018

About a decade ago if you chose to visit Huntington Beach, there was a good chance you would see Derek Baljeu relaxing on the sand, surfing in the water, or hiking on the local trail. Fast forward to high school and you could find him out in the field or in the classroom. A majority of his earlier years were split between being team captain of the football team and being enrolled in a demanding business program.

2018 VEN Scholarship Celebration

July 24, 2018

On June 5, the 2018 Viticulture and Enology Scholarship Celebration occurred at the Good Life Garden at UC Davis.  The celebration was held to recognize the 15 graduate and 35 undergraduate students who had won scholarships, as well as ten students who were awarded international internships.

Students, donors, staff and faculty mingled and enjoyed a barbecue catered by the faculty of the department, as they celebrated the awards which totaled over $340,000 for scholarships and $57,000 for international internships.

Congratulations to all the student awardees!

 

VEN 127: A New Course in Post-Fermentation Processing

July 20, 2018

This past spring quarter we offered a new course that we hope will one day be a regular part of the curriculum.  In this course, students took wine made in the fall and finished it through packaging in our Teaching and Research Winery.  We have always taught VEN 124, Wine Production, which allows our students to gain valuable hands-on experience in the winery (see May 2018 Newsletter), but this is the first time that we have been able to offer students the hands-on experience of blending, fining, aging, filtering, and packaging their own wines to supplement what they learn in their Wine Tec