WBC16 sponsor UC Davis is known for cutting-edge wine research and teaching, the technologically-advanced Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building, and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. In fact, the university is so well known in the wine industry some people point to just two degrees of separation between UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology and anyone in the wine world.
For more than 80 years, UC Davis has driven innovation in grape growing and winemaking in California and the world, from contributions to the science of grapes and wine to training of future wine-industry leaders.
The Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis blazed that wine trail by utilizing a balance of art and science: introducing modern sanitation in the 1950s, crafting the first standardized lexicon for wine with the debut of the Wine Aroma Wheel in the 1980s, and developing stainless steel tanks, controlled temperature fermentations, and pest-resistant grapes.
Then, in 2001, famous California wine producer Robert Mondavi gave a personal gift to UC Davis to establish the Robert Mondavi Institute, providing a point of convergence for growers, scientists, and enthusiasts who are intent upon enhancing the quality of life for all through wine, brewing and food science.
With UC Davis, sustainability is always front and center. Right now, the viticulture and enology department is developing self-cleaning fermentors capable of recycling 90 percent of its water. The goal: affordable technology and alternative practices that use less than one gallon of water to produce one gallon of wine.
This year at the Wine Bloggers Conference, UC Davis will host one of the highly popular Wine Discovery Sessions on Friday, August 12th. Wine Discovery Sessions are in-depth tasting experiences and we’ll provide more information about the UC Davis session as we get closer to the conference date. There are three sessions on Friday and three sessions on Saturday….. so you will have to pick one each day.