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Research spotlight:
Professor and Department Chair David Block

Dr. Block explains his focus on fermentation chemistry.  Read more.

What's happening on campus:

VEN mourns the loss of Dr. Vernon Singleton
By Dave Jones of University News
Read more
Professors retire
Dr. Doug Adams and Dr. Mark Matthews both retired in late 2016. Read more

Endowed Chairs Enable Cutting-Edge
and Timely Research

The Department is very lucky to have six endowed chairs.  An endowed chair is created by a substantial gift to the university (generally on the order of $1.5 million or greater) and can be named to honor the donor or their designate.  The faculty member that holds the endowed chair is then able to use the interest from that endowment each year to support their research, teaching, and extension in any way they see fit.  The real power of endowed chairs is that they allow the faculty member to work in new and exciting areas of research related to critical industry needs prior to being able to garner grant support for their project.  This can allow the faculty member to try riskier research with potentially higher payback, hire a graduate student that they would not be able to otherwise hire, add a new demonstration to their course, travel to an extra industry event, or any number of other activities that would not be possible without this flexible support.  Normally, endowed chairs are held by a faculty member for 5 or 10 years after a competitive application process, and are a true honor for the faculty member as well. Because of the potentially game-changing nature of endowed chairs, it is the goal of Department to eventually have endowed chairs for each faculty member.


Ernest Gallo Endowed Chair &
Marvin Sands Endowed Chair
Dr. David Block

Louise Rossi Endowed Chair
Dr. Andy Walker

Ray Rossi Endowed Chair
Dr. Hildegarde Heymann

Stephen Sinclair Scott Endowed Chair
Dr. Roger Boulton

The Louis P. Martini Endowed Chair

Announcement coming soon!

UC Davis V&E Extension: Bringing the latest research and innovation to industry

The Department of Viticulture and Enology Extension and Industry Relations team has been quite busy!  To keep up with our many doings, be sure to check out our Facebook page!

Extension Focus:

Recap of V&E On the Road in Madera

The most recent On the Road event was in Madera county on November 16, 2017. Read more.
Recent Advances in Viticulture & Enology (RAVE)
Dr. Linda Bisson's latest Wine Flavor 101 Series was an Issues Program focused on fermentation readiness. Read more.

Don't miss our upcoming extension events!

On Campus
January 18, 2017: Recognizing Taints of Microbial Origin
February 10, 2017: The Impact of Oak
March 22, 2017: Tannins, Phenolics, and Wine Quality: A Celebration of the Career of Doug Adams
April 20, 2017: Harvest Logistics

On the Road
January 25, 2017: UCD V&E Reception at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium
February 28, 2017: On the Road in Lodi-A focus on viruses and diseases
March 24, 2017: On the Road in Napa
... and one more On the Road program between mid-March and mid-April 2017

Spotlight on our students

Student Profile:
Alicia Hoepfner

Combining art and business with sustainability and science. Read more.
Course Profile: VEN 128 Prof. Ben Montpetit
It is through the microbial transformation of sugar and other compounds that wine is produced Read more.

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