Students

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. 

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.

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!

 

On Picnic Day, FST treats guests to ice cream

April 30, 2018

On behalf of the Department of Food Science and Technology, we want to thank everyone for helping make Picnic Day a success!

Yet again we had a popular exhibit with long but friendly lines of guests waiting as students handed out vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate chips. The ice cream lasted long, throughout the entire duration of Picnic Day from 10am to 2:30pm. We even handed ice cream out past our official end time until the volunteer shifts ended.  All in all, approximately 3,500 servings were distributed!

Great job to all the FST volunteers!

Student Spotlight: Undergraduate Renee Berkus

April 19, 2018

Renee Berkus is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Department of Viticulture and Enology.  She is from Santa Barbara, California where she has returned home the last three summers to spend time with family and gain harvest experience.  Renee’s family is made up of architects, contractors, and interior designers, so she grew up deeply immersed in artistic work.  She hadn't been exposed to the wine industry until she came to UC Davis and became surrounded by it.