Research

Research Spotlight: Dr. Andy Waterhouse - Wine Chemistry on Many Froonts

April 10, 2018

The wine chemistry research in Dr. Andrew Waterhouse’s lab takes a number of diverse approaches, depending on the issue at hand and the industry’s priorities.  Wine oxidation is a big issue today and several students are tackling this from a number of angles.  PhD students Lingjun Ma and Anita Peterson have investigated the basic chemical reactions that oxidation stimulate in order to understand what approaches might be worth pursuing.  These have led to the idea that glutathione might be a good preservative for wine, as well as showing how acetaldehyde has many forms present in wine. 

Professor and Chair David Block returns from sabbatical

April 03, 2018

Department Chair Dr. David Block returned in January from a three-month sabbatical trip to Europe and South Africa. Along the way, he had the opportunity to connect with wonderful hosts! Some were old friends, some new alumni, and some new friends that he made along his trip through Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and South Africa.

Dr. Block says, "Thanks to all. It was great to make new connections to wineries and research centers around the globe and to strengthen our old connections."

Recap of the 2017 Pete Christensen Wine Grape Short Course

January 18, 2018

Our 2017 Pete Christensen Wine Grape Short Course was held on December 12 and 13 on the UC Davis campus.  The 2-day program brought a full house of industry winegrape growers and winemakers each day.  The programs were moderated by Cooperative Extension Specialist in Viticulture, Dr. Kaan Kurtural, and included a full range of topics including the latest research on all things vineyard-related. Our speakers came here from all over California, as well as Oregon and Washington.