Making News

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.

BASF collaborates with FST researchers on human milk oligosaccharides

July 30, 2018

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis), and BASF announced a collaboration to unlock new benefits of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs). The long-term objective of this strategic research partnership is to develop and validate second-generation HMO molecules as potent bioactive compounds that can influence the establishment and maintenance of the gut microbiome and provide benefits beyond the gastrointestinal tract, such as brain health, for infants, children and adults.

Research Spotlight: Dr. Ron Runnebaum - Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

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

New, modern vineyard planted at Oakville Station

July 16, 2018

The Oakville Station is a getting a boost from redevelopment.  As the vines from previous research studies matured, and as industry needs have changed, we have started redeveloping the vineyards.  The new vineyards are using modern trellis and irrigation systems and are being installed to accommodate mechanization.