Waterhouse and Brenneman Prepare for Historical Wine Tasting

Photo features Dr. Andrew Waterhouse, Interim Department Chair and Chik Brenneman, Staff Winemaker selecting wines for the upcoming event to be held March 22, 2007.



The University of California at Davis, Department of Viticulture and Enology will host a special tasting of 24 vintage 1980 California Cabernet Sauvignon wines on Thursday, March 22, 2007 from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at MUII in the Memorial Union. This winetasting is a signature outreach event by the Department of Viticulture and Enology.


The wines, all Cabernet Sauvignon, from 24 different producers, have been stored under identical conditions for over 20 years. According to Campus Winemaker, Chik Brenneman, this is quite a discovery. “There are many wines with a long history in the cellar, but I never thought we would come across such a treasure. So many wines stored under identical conditions…this is a unique opportunity!” stated Brenneman.


“This is a rare find and we are delighted to share this piece of California history with our alumni, other California winemakers, the press, and the wine loving public.” stated Andrew Waterhouse, Interim Chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology. The crafting of wines has changed during the past 20 years and this is a chance to get a good perspective of winemaking at that time, as well as the ageability of those wines. The wines were originally assembled at a memento symbolic of 75 years of achievement by the University of California, Davis in teaching, research, and public service.


Internationally known wine expert and merchant, Darrell Corti will lead the tasting of wines from the Napa, Sonoma, Alexander Valley, Central Coast, and Sierra Foothill appellations.

Seating is limited; the cost to attend is $125 per person. Interested parties are encouraged to visit our website: http://wineserver.ucdavis.edu for additional information and visit http://conferences.ucdavis.edu/1980swinetasting for registration information.