Department of Viticulture and Enology Hosts Second Walt Klenz Lecture: Congressman Mike Thompson to Speak.

Davis, CA, April 3, 2007- The Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, together with Foster’s Wine Estates (formerly Beringer Blass Wine Estates) is hosting Congressman Mike Thompson to present the second Walt Klenz Lecture on Wine Business on Thursday, April 12, 2007. The lecture will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Alpha Gamma Rho Room at the Buehler Alumni Center, with a reception to follow immediately after the seminar.


“It is an honor to have Congressman Mike Thompson here to speak to our students, faculty and the community. We want our students to remain up to date and competitive in the global market place of wine. Congressman Thompson’s lecture will provide an important current perspective on the economic, environmental and political issues now facing the wine industry. We are very pleased he was able to come to UC Davis.” stated Interim Department Chair, Andrew Waterhouse.


Thompson represents California’s 1st Congressional District that includes all of Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties and portions of Yolo and Sonoma Counties; prime grape growing and wine making areas of California. Thompson is co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Wine Caucus which is comprised of over 215 U.S. Senators and House members. He is also a small vineyard owner and was previously the maintenance supervisor for the Beringer Winery.


The Walt Klenz Lecture Series was created and sponsored by Foster’s Wine Estates through the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UCD in honor of their former CEO, Walt Klenz, in recognition of his many contributions to the wine industry. Lectures focus on the business of wine and are aimed at students with the goal giving them a glimpse of the many faucets of the wine industry-based on the speaker’s expertise.


Although aimed at students, the lecture is open to the public. Those who attend the seminar are also invited to a wine reception that will take place immediately following the lecture. Parking is available for $6 at the lots nearest the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts; lots accept coin, bills, and credit cards.


Attendance is free; however RSVPs are requested so that adequate seating and refreshments will be provided. Interest parties are asked to contact Valerie Johnson at 530-754-8368 or vljohnson@ucdavis.edu.


UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology, which grew out of an 1880 mandate by the California legislature, is the nation’s premiere research and teaching university program devoted to the sciences of grape growing and winemaking. Its research program is focused on wine flavor and sustainable production and its teaching program is designed to graduate students who integrate science and critical thinking so that they can create the next generation of California wine styles. The department also extends its research to the industry with numerous personal appearances at grape days and regional technical group meetings as well as electronic delivery.