Making News

CE Specialst Dr. Kaan Kurtural featured in Capital Press website

May 15, 2018

"In the heart of the Napa Valley, a vineyard produces fine Cabernet Sauvignon with virtually no help from laborers."

"The 40-acre “touchless vineyard” was established by Kaan Kurtural, a University of California Cooperative Extension specialist who has devoted much of his career to improving production efficiency in vineyards as labor shortages have worsened."  So begins an article by Tim Hearden on capitalpress.com, "the West's Ag Website". 

A new direction for VEN 124L – Winemaking Laboratory

April 30, 2018

In the Fall of 2017, Dr. Hildegarde Heymann stepped into the huge shoes left by Dr. Linda Bisson, who recently retired.  Linda taught the VEN 124L winemaking course for over thirty years and had placed her stamp all over it. When Hildegarde found out that she was designated to teach the class she realized that no one expected her to continue the course in exactly the same fashion.

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.