UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses for novice and experienced grape growers, winemakers and wine lovers. The following courses will take place March-June 2010 in Davis, unless otherwise indicated.
Online Introduction to Winemaking
Whether you're interested in a career in the wine industry or are just a devoted enophile, you can take this unique course at home, at your convenience. Using 28 hours of recorded DVD lectures, become acquainted with the history of wine, the international wine industry and the fundamental processes involved in winemaking.
• March 25-June 4. No enrollments will be accepted after March 7.
• $650 ($685 if postmarked after 02/28/2010). Enroll in section 094VID251.
Wine Filtration Short Course
Build a strong foundation for solving filtration problems and choosing filtration systems for particular applications by combining theory of filtration with lab exercises and manufacturer demonstrations. This intensive two-day program emphasizes group participation in lab-scale filtrations to apply concepts learned in lectures.
• April 10-11: Sat., 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun., 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
• $475. Includes two lunches, a social and course material. Enroll in section 094VIT201.
Introduction to Wine Analysis: Small Scale
Learn the fundamentals for small-scale wine analysis in the home, garage or limited cellar in this course designed strictly for small commercial and home winemakers. Combining lecture and hands-on experience, gain an understanding of: soluble solids analysis, potential alcohol, handheld and bench-top pH meters, residual sugar analysis, paper chromatography for malolactic fermentation monitoring, and comparison of official lab methods and popular home kits for analysis of titratable acidity and SO2.
• April 17: Sat., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
• $255. Includes lab supplies. Enroll in section 094VIT203.
Introduction to Sensory Evaluation of Wine
Novice enophiles, enhance your critical tasting ability and learn basic aspects of sensory evaluation often overlooked in most wine tastings.
Study the different components of wine appearance, aroma and flavor.
Participate in tastings of doctored wines in blind and known tastings.
Explore the origins of desirable and undesirable flavors of wine and the stylistic contributions of winemaking techniques.
• April 17-18: Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
• $550. Includes two lunches and all wine. Enroll in section 094VIT202.
Variety Focus: Sauvignon Blanc
Explore the viticultural side of the Sauvignon blanc grape variety.
Lecture topics include: the origin of Sauvignon blanc; its history in France and the New World; the importance, development and selection of clones; and the role of Sauvignon blanc in the wines of France and regional wines from other areas, particularly California.
• May 6: Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
• $210. Includes lunch and tastings. Enroll in section 094VIT200.
Introduction to Wine Analysis for Professional Winemakers and Winery Lab Workers
Examine the basics of wine analysis for commercial wine production.
Designed for professional winemakers and winery lab employees, this one-day class combines short lecture and hands-on experience. Gain practice with, and examine the limitations of, each analysis.
• May 8: Sat., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
• $255. Includes lab supplies. Enroll in section 094VIT204.
Managing the Small Vineyard II
The Small Vineyard Series is a quarterly series of one-day classes designed for home and small commercial winegrowers. Classes cover both basic principles of viticulture and practical aspects of small vineyard management and may be taken in any order.
• May 8: Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
• $175. Includes box lunch and course material. Enroll in section 094VIT205.
Successful Home Winemaking
Receive an overview of all phases of home wine production in this course designed for beginning home winemakers with little or no experience.
Focus on a review of fermentation theory, yeasts and starter cultures, white and red wine production, common problems, sanitation and cleaning agents, and equipment suitable for small-scale wine production.
• May 22: Sat., 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
• $140. Enroll in section 094VIT206.
OIV Wine Marketing Short Course
As part of the M.B.A. curriculum of the Organisation Internationale de La Vigne et du Vin (OIV), UC Davis Extension and the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology have coordinated this program on the economics of production and marketing grapes and wine in the United States for more than 15 years. Check our Web site this spring for more details.
• July 12-23
To request more information or to enroll, call (800) 752-0881 or visit our Web site: http://extension.ucdavis.edu/winemaking .