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View "Maynard Amerine: In his own words" in the Peter J. Shields Library lobby

The library's Special Collections has put together a display in the library's lobby titled Maynard Amerine: In his own words.  The display runs Winter and Spring Quarters of this year.

Professor Emeritus, Maynard Amerine (1911-1998) joined UC Davis Division of Viticulture in 1935 and retired in 1974.  As a junior enologist, he was hired to work with Professor A. J. Winkler to improve the quality of grape varieties grown in California.  From this modest beginning, Maynard Amerine became known throughout the world as a foremost wine expert through his research, travels, and lectures on wine and grape growing.

California, just coming out of Prohibition, became destined to become one of the greatest wine growing areas of the world. As Amerine said, “the wine industry has become respectable in my time.  The major accomplishments of the wine industry are that it has increased the quality of its raw product and its making of that raw product into wine.  Immeasurably.  And the industry has become respectable.”  Much of its success has come from the work of Maynard Amerine.

The exhibit was drawn from the Maynard A. Amerine Papers which includes travel diaries, historical photographs, a map of his travels, and selections of his writings. The library recently converted historical video tapes to digital files.  You may listen to class lectures lectures for “Sensory Analysis of Wine” at http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/specol/collections/media/index.php?media=viticulture and a brief description of his papers can be found at http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/specol/collections/manuscripts/index.php?collection=7

This exhibit was created by Patsy Inouye, Special Collections (pcinouye@lib.ucdavis.edu).