Faculty

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.

Honoring Larry Williams: Focus on Water and Irrigation Management

May 09, 2019

On April 18, the Department honored Professor Emeritus Larry Williams for his 36+ years of service to the Department of Viticulture and Enology with a program on campus dedicated to irrigation and water management. 

The day started with Department Chair David Block recognizing Larry for his contributions to the understanding of water management and deficit irrigation as well as his commitment to teaching (and his long commute).  This was followed by a brief introduction from Larry’s colleague at Kearney, Matt Fidelibus. 

Mechanical Vineyard Pruning Possible Without Replanting

April 24, 2019
One of the major concerns regarding mechanical vineyard pruning is the time and cost associated with replanting a vineyard in a manner that would accommodate the process. However, a report from University of California Cooperative Extension researchers that was published in HortTechnology demonstrates that replanting is not necessary. Research conducted in Madera County found that growers can mechanize their operations by retraining vines without suffering any fruit loss or decline in quality.

Trends in Vineyard Irrigation: A Who's Who in Vineyard Water Management Honors Larry Williams

April 22, 2019
Larry Williams has remained busy since he retired last July from UC Davis after 36 years in the Department of Viticulture and Enology. Last Thursday was no different. Williams was honored at an all-day seminar on vineyard irrigation and vine water management at UC Davis. Williams invited the speakers, including former graduate students and colleagues. Williams prepared two presentations of his own, including one with 141 slides on the highlights in vineyard irrigation over the past 36 years.

Dr. Ned Spang wins NACADA Region 9 Award

April 09, 2019
UC Davis was recognized with seven of twelve regional honors by NACADA, the global community for academic advising at the NACADA Region 9 Awards, and FST's own Assistant Professor Ned Spang was one of the honorees.   NACADA's website states, "Region 9 is proud to support student success by providing opportunities for recognition and professional development opportunities for students, academic advisors and administration."

Professor Sue Ebeler awarded Honorary Research Lecturer for ASEV

March 08, 2019

Congratulations to  Dr. Susan Ebeler, who has been granted the Honorary Research Lecture this year at the 70th Annual National Conference of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV)!

ASEV's website explains, "the honorary research lecturer is granted to an individual with a current national or international reputation in his or her field of research who is also actively involved in scientific research."