Recent Advances in Viticulture and Enology 2008


Thursday Mar 20th 2008


Freeborn Hall, UCD campus


In an ongoing effort to share the latest in applied research and to facilitate further communication with the wine and winegrape industries, each year the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Trellis Alliance cosponsor Recent Advances in Viticulture and Enology. In 2008, the format for the RAVE program will be modified slightly to cover several very timely and relevant topics of discussion.
The morning sessions will emphasize the results of recent applied research in wine microbiology. A discussion on the most recent research on Brettanomyces will cover fermentation management strategies to reduce undesirable characters. The Brett session will end with a noses-on experience into the many ways that Brettanomyces characters can be manifested. We’ll also introduce a microbe whose name you’ll certainly recognize, but whose presence you probably thought was harmless in wine. Because of new technology, we are able to isolate and identify organisms that the methodology didn’t allow us to see before, thus giving us a whole new perspective of the organisms on grapes and in wine.
In the afternoon, the focus will shift to some very exciting work being done in UCD’s vineyard. Speakers will address new information on rootstock selection, weed management, and the possible use of a plant hormone to minimize berry damage during mechanical harvesting. Other topics include recent work with Cabernet to determine whether thinning really improves fruit quality; the influence of soil type on vine growth and fruit characteristics (terroir); an update on berry shrivel; and more news on vine-water relations from our new USDA specialist on this topic.
There is so much information here that you’ll just have to attend to get it all.

As always, your enrollment in RAVE 2008 will entitle you to a one-year membership in the Trellis Alliance.




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