Rossi Lecture Series: Gavin Sacks

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Community Education Room, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, UC Davis

Faster, Cheaper, Better: Adventures and Applications in Grape and Wine Analyses

Presenter: Dr. Gavin Sacks, Professor and Associate Chair of Food Science, Cornell University

Date & Time: Monday, May 23, 5-6 PM
Location: Community Education Room, Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
Cost: Free


New insights into wine and grape chemistry require novel analytical tools or approaches, as opposed to only “looking where the light is better”. This lecture will discuss recent analytical developments in the lab of Dr. Gavin Sacks, including rapid approaches to screening target grape odorants using sorbent sheet extraction; defining the chemical components of wild and interspecific Vitis that limit wine quality; and developing inexpensive methods for measurement of challenging wine analytes, including recent work on hydrogen sulfide formation in canned wines.

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About The Rossi Lecture Series:
The Rossi Lecture Series was established by the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology in 2019 to bring internationally recognized, preeminent scholars in fields related to viticulture and enology to the UCD campus. Rossi Lecturers, in addition to giving a public lecture on their research, will have the opportunity to interact with faculty and students, to share ideas and experiences, with the long-term goal of creating or strengthening ties to our department and campus.

The series honors both the Rossi Lecturers and Louise Rossi and her brother Ray Rossi, who left the transformative Rossi Endowment to the Department of Viticulture and Enology in 2007.

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