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UC Davis Viticulture and Enology On the Road in Santa Barbara

UC Davis Viticulture & Enology staff are back on the road and headed to Presq’uile Winery in Santa Maria.  Growers are welcome to attend and learn about: -Using novel weather data to guide frost protection practices -Managing wildfire smoke exposure in the vineyard and winery -Mitigating heatwave damage to red wine grapes: Are exposure and crop load management still ‘key’ concepts? -Understanding and …

Runze Cliff Yu Joins the Fresno State Department of Viticulture & Enology

The Department of Viticulture and Enology at Fresno State has a new assistant professor joining the faculty. This new assistant professor is Dr. Runze Cliff Yu. A Fresno State V&E alumnus, Yu finished his master’s degree at Fresno State in 2016 before moving on to UC Davis. He earned his PhD degree in June 2020 there and stayed for another …

UC Davis Announces New Viticulture and Enology Executive Leadership Board Members

As the world’s top-ranked research institute for viticulture and enology, the University of California, Davis, is pleased to announce the newest members of its Executive Leadership Board for the department of Viticulture and Enology. The 26-member board is an important and influential advisory group for the department. New leaders include NBA legend and entrepreneur Dwyane Wade with Wade Cellars, wine …

SLO Coast Wine History: A Pioneering Spirit

San Luis Obispo Coast Wine Collective — When you talk to early winery owners of the SLO Coast Wine region, there is a pioneering spirit that shines through along with a true do-it-yourself aesthetic. From humble beginnings to world class recognition, the SLO Coast wine region was trailblazed by a group of committed dreamers, farmers, and enthusiasts who all agree they could not …

Rhone Rangers To Honor Gary Eberle With Lifetime Achievement Award

The national Rhone Rangers organization will present its sixth Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, August 19, 2021, to recognize the significant contributions made by an individual to the American Rhone wine movement. This year’s award will be given to Gary Eberle, founder and owner of Eberle Winery. Honoring Eberle on behalf of the Rhone Rangers will be guest moderator and …

Official Certification for Improving Wine Quality and the Market

If consumers cannot tell the quality of a product when they buy it, it can drive high-quality products, like a good French wine, out of the market. Consumers would not pay a premium, and producers would have no incentive to make costly quality improvements. This widely held economic tenet, formalized in a famed article by Nobel Prize-winner George Akerlof, suggests …

New USDA Research Viticulture Soil Scientist in Prosser, WA

In April of this year, research plant pathologist Devin Rippner started his position as a research viticulture soil scientist with the USDA-ARS in Prosser Washington. He and his family are enjoying living in the Yakima Valley and exploring the local region. Rippner’s educational background is in soil chemistry and soil fertility with an active interest in pedology. He received his …

Wine-Grape Residue May Serve as a Healthy Byproduct

California produces nearly 4 million tons of world-class wine each year, but with that comes thousands of tons of residue like grape skins, seeds, stems and pulp. What if scientists could harness that viticultural waste to help promote human health? Maybe they can, according to new research from food scientists at the University of California, Davis. In a study published …

Weather, Wildfire and Wine: Challenges Facing California Wineries

California’s wine grape growers and wineries are facing unprecedented challenges in the wake of climate change, wildfire, drought, and labor-related shortages. Join us on ARE Discussions where Aaron Smith (Deloach Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis) will provide an overview of the challenges facing the wine industry and Walt Brooks (Brooks Family Vineyards and Napa Valley Grapegrowers Association) will …

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