Viticulture and Enology

Winter 2023 Extension Update

December 21, 2022

The extension team in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis was so happy to finally be able to honor Roger Boulton for his years of service to the university and the wine industry on November 7, 2022. We had close to 200 people in attendance (in person and virtually) at the UC Davis Conference Center. Ted Rieger wrote a great summary of the day which can be found here.

Awards and Announcements

December 21, 2022

Luis Diaz-Garcia, Assistant Professor, has been named a CAMPOS Faculty Scholar for 2022-23. The Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS) was established in 2012 to expand the presence of women and underrepresented faculty in STEM at UC Davis. CAMPOS Faculty Scholars have a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of the diverse student population which closely reflects the population of the state of California.

Alumni Profile: Celia Welch

December 21, 2022

Year and degree of graduation:
I graduated in 1982 with a BS in Fermentation Science. In those days, winemaking and viticulture were considered separate disciplines. Many of the winemakers took the general viticulture class (as I did) but the two areas of study were considered separate disciplines. 

Current job title/company
My current title is Owner/Winemaker at Celia Welch Consulting. 

Course Profile: VEN 170, Wine Regulations

December 21, 2022

This one-credit course covers regulations in the wine industry, including regulation at the local, state, and federal levels. We cover this material with the help of outside speakers in a seminar style. Topics that are covered include regulation by the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FDA/FSMA), as it applies to grapes and wine.

Student Profile: Alberto Arduino

December 21, 2022

 Degree/Focus/interest areas:
I am a second-year master's degree student in Viticulture and Enology. My main interest is the chemistry of wine. It just fascinates me. My research topic is focused on grape phenolic extractability and the development of a fast, easy, high-throughput method for its evaluation. 

Where are you from originally?
Turin, Piedmont, Italy 

Welcome to Larly Lee!

December 21, 2022

The Department is pleased to welcome Larly Lee as its new Program Coordinator for the Broadening Horizons program. Larly is a Chico State alumnus with a BA in Multicultural and Gender Studies and a MA in Social Science. He is passionate about serving underrepresented and underserved BIPOC communities. Previously, he worked as a K-12 Program Coordinator at the UC Davis School of Medicine, Office of Student and Resident Diversity. He also worked as a TRIO Advisor for the CSU Chico Educational Talent Search program.

Anita Oberholster, Elizabeth Tomasino and Tom Collins Nominated for Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards 2022 Innovator(s) of the Year

September 15, 2022

Anita Oberholster (Vice-Chair and Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology in the Department of Viticulture & Enology at UC Davis), Elizabeth Tomasino (Associate Professor of Enology in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University), and Tom Collins (Assistant Professor in Viticulture and Enology at Washington State University) have been nominated for the Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards 2022 Innovator(s) of the Year for their work toward understanding and managing the effects of wildfire smoke in grapes and wine! 

Upcoming Extension Events for the Department of Viticulture and Enology

September 13, 2022

While harvest is a busy time of year for viticulturists and winemakers/enologists, it is also a busy time for the extension coordination committee in the Department of Viticulture and Enology.  We are busy planning and organizing educational extension programs for the coming year.  The first On Campus program in the fall will honor Roger Boulton, a long-time viticulture and enology (and chemical engineering) professor, who retired in June 2019.  Because of several COVID surges, we have postponed this program more times than we’d like to admit, so we are very excited that it is scheduled to