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Climate change is coming for your wine. What the world's wineries are doing to save grapes

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Climate change is coming for your wine. What the world's wineries are doing to save grapes

September 09, 2019
Soaring temperatures, irregular rain patterns and the ever-present threat of fires is causing winery owners here and around the world to adopt aggressive strategies to safeguard their livelihoods. These tactics include experimenting with new varieties of grapes, finding new ways to maximize water use and even seeking out land in areas that formerly were too cold for vineyards.
Recent Publications of VEN Faculty Andrea Thompson August 26, 2019

Find the latest publications of the department by clicking on the link below.

Extension recap: Wine Management Strategies from Fermentation to Stabilization Andrea Thompson August 23, 2019

On May 16, 2019, UC Davis V&E Extension presented a day-long program titled “Wine Management Strategies from Fermentation to Stabilization” at the UC Davis Conference Center.

Dr. Anita Oberholster greatly appreciates donations that enabled her research on smoke exposure Andrea Thompson August 23, 2019

Dr. Anita Oberholster’s research on the impact of smoke exposure on grape and wine composition started after the 2017 wildfires.  After receiving several offers of grapes and having her own research grapes at the Oakville Experimental Station affected, the UC Davis Cooperative Extension Specialist quickly planned a new research study.

Research spotlight: Professor and Chair David Block Andrea Thompson August 23, 2019

Dr. Block’s research group is currently working in several areas of wine research.  His work in understanding and optimizing phenolic extraction in red wines (along with the Oberholster lab) has been especially productive over the last year and a half. 

Course Profile: VEN 170 Wine Regulations

August 08, 2019

VEN 170, Wine Regulations, was taught for the first time in the spring of 2019. The course covered regulation of the wine industry, including regulation at the local, state, and federal levels. This material was covered with the help of outside speakers in a seminar style. Topics included the Taxation and Trade Bureau, Alcoholic Beverage Control, OSHA, FDA/FSMA, and importation and distribution. In addition, Chik Brenneman, former UC Davis Winemaker, went through all of the steps and agencies he had to deal with in order to start his own winery business.

Congratulations to VEN scholarship winners

August 06, 2019

Congratulations to all of our students who won scholarships this year!  Scholarship winners were celebrated on June 4 at a barbecue overlooking the Good Life Garden at UC Davis.  Many donors were present at the celebration and mingled with the students.  The Department is grateful to our generous donors who make these opportunities possible. 

New System More Accurately Estimates Vineyard Crop Yields

August 06, 2019
A company is developing a computer vision system to estimate vineyard crop yield with the collaboration of UC Davis scientists. On Friday, Nathan Strong, president and chief executive officer at Terroir AI in Menlo Park, demonstrated the system at UC Davis’ Oakville Station. Strong installed a box containing four sensor cameras in the back of the station’s ATV, the cameras adjusted for the high-wire trellis system of the experimental block.

Professor Sue Ebeler's ASEV Honorary Research Lecture

August 05, 2019

Professor Sue Ebeler recently gave the ASEV Honorary Research Lecture at the ASEV annual meeting in June.  Her lecture, titled "Perspectives on Grape and Wine Flavor: Past, Present, and Future" is summarized in the abstract below:

Title: Perspectives on Grape and Wine Flavor: Past, Present, and Future

Student Profile: Ph.D. student Jordan Beaver

July 29, 2019

Jordan Beaver is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group at UC Davis. Growing up in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Jordan developed a love for the outdoors, including camping, hiking, rock climbing, and canoeing, as well as a deep appreciation for Southern BBQ.

Machines Poised To Replace Vineyard Workers

July 23, 2019
One of the greatest expenses of making wine is the cost of people. Much of the work in picking wine grapes, or really any fruit, is the cost of doing the work by hand. Many hands are required. For now, that is; inventors continue to tweak designs for machines that can prune and pick in the vineyards and orchards. The Viticulture & Enology program at the University of California-Davis is involved in the transition, as is the UC's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Kaan Kurtural of UCD visits with George Zhuang of UCANR .