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Recent Advances in Viticulture & Enology


Thursday Mar 19th 2009


Freeborn Hall, UC Davis campus


In an ongoing, annual effort to share the latest research information and to facilitate further communication with the wine and winegrape industries, the UCDavis Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Trellis Alliance present Recent Advances in Viticulture and Enology. In 2009, the RAVE program will be focusing on the development, manipulation and characterization of flavor components in winegrapes and wine. This is a topic that we feel is very timely, and of interest to us all.
After introductions and a virtual tour of our new home at the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Science, the morning sessions will emphasize recent research into the nature and nurture of flavor compounds in the vineyard. It will include more new information on those vegetal compounds, the pyrazines, and how their concentrations might be finessed in berries to meet the winerys own personal style considerations. Researchers will also introduce more recent data on the impact of viticultural practices on wine quality.
In the afternoon, speakers will elaborate on research into flavor compounds in wine. Wine is a complex chemical solution, so any discussion of its chemistry must also include a correlative discussion on the sensory aspects of each compound. Much is being learned about these secondary metabolites and their interactions with each other, which manifest as distinct styles, depending on how they are manipulated. New fining options to maximize flavor while minimizing wine loss will also be discussed. Grape and wine flavor are such basic, essential elements of viticulture and enology, yet little is actually known about the nature of these compounds. We think RAVE 2009 will contain lots of practical information on flavor that will assist you in making more-informed decisions in the vineyard and winery.
Dr Linda Bisson, who is leading the international effort to get the new Enology Extension website completed, will introduce the site and its implications. RAVE 2009 will showcase our current understanding of flavor and foster a dialogue between the industry and researchers which will ultimately benefit us all.

As always, your enrollment in RAVE 2009 will entitle you to a one-year membership in the Trellis Alliance.



UCD Extension and Trellis Alliance