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UC Davis Extension Announces Winter Courses in Viticulture and Enology, Wine Appreciation and Wine Business

DAVIS, Calif.—UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses for novice and experienced grape growers, winemakers and wine lovers. The following courses will take place Jan.-March 2018 in Davis, unless otherwise indicated.

New! Analysis of Wine Stability

Wine instabilities can have disastrous effects on packaged wine, and the methods and instruments required to test and detect these instabilities are often ignored by commercial winemakers until it’s too late. Don’t let this happen to you. Review the chemistry behind tartrate, protein and carbohydrate instabilities in this hands-on lab class designed to help the commercial winemaker learn to detect potential disasters before wine packaging begins. Michael Ramsey, the teaching laboratory manager for the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, teaches this course.

  • Feb. 10: Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • $255. Includes course materials. Enroll in section 173VIT208.

Online Introduction to Wine and Winemaking

Whether you’re interested in a career in the wine industry or are just a devoted oenophile, you can take this unique, self-paced course at home, at your convenience. Utilizing an interactive, web-based educational environment, become acquainted with the history of wine, the international wine industry, wine and health issues, and the fundamental processes involved in winemaking. John Buechsenstein, a winemaker and wine educator with more than 30 years of experience, teaches this course.

  • Enroll now through Jan. 4 and complete by March 19. Passwords issued starting Jan. 8.
  • $685. Enroll in section 173VIT251.

Current Wine and Winegrape Research

Competitive grants have funded some of the most exciting new and broad-reaching research on issues relating to winegrapes and enology. Enjoy this unique opportunity to hear and discuss the latest research directly from highly regarded researchers. Deborah Golino, Ph.D., director of Foundation Plant Services and a UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis, teaches this course. Note: You must be 21 years of age or older to enroll and attend.

  • Feb. 21: Wed., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • $49. Includes lunch, wine reception that starts at 4 p.m. and course materials. Supplemental funding from the American Vineyard Foundation allows us to offer this conference at a reduced fee. Enroll in section 173VIT203.

Introduction to Wine Chemistry

Designed for individuals with a winemaking background but no formal training in chemistry, this weekend program provides insights into the interplay of chemical reactions that occur in wine and winemaking. An understanding of such reactions establishes the necessary background for making informed decisions on wine processing. Michael Ramsey teaches this course.

  • Jan. 20-21: Sat.-Sun., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • $280. Includes course materials and lunch. Enroll in section 173VIT207.

Introduction to Sensory Evaluation of Wine

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. John Buechsenstein teaches this course. Note: You must be 21 years of age or older to enroll and attend.

  • Jan. 27-28: Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • $625. Enroll in section 173VIT202.

Advanced Wine Tasting

This rigorous day of tasting duplicates many of the consistency and identification tests required for qualification as a wine competition judge and will challenge experienced tasters. Receive immediate feedback on your sensitivity to a range of odors and flavors in wine. Topics and tastings include sessions on wine odors, defect recognition, tasting consistency and wine memory. This class does not “credential” tasters as wine judges, but allows you to test and expand your sensory abilities.  John Buechsenstein teaches this course. Note: You must be 21 years of age or older to enroll and attend.

  • March 10: Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • $425. Enroll in section 173VIT216.

Tasting Room Design and Management

Make your tasting room more profitable and memorable with practical, experience-driven information that you can start using immediately. Craig Root, a 30-year industry veteran and tasting room consultant, provides ideas for achieving tasting room perfection. Explore tasting strategies, special events tips and how to improve your tours and trade relations. Craig Root, a tasting room consultant, teaches this course.

  • Feb. 28: Wed., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • $210. Includes course materials, morning refreshments and lunch. Enroll in section 173VIT204.

SAVE THE DATE: July 16-27, 2018

OIV Wine Marketing Program

Discover how to successfully create a brand, market and sell wine from industry experts. Get on the notify me list for this upcoming program, and we’ll send you an email when the courses are open for enrollment.

To request more information or to enroll, call (800) 752-0881, email or visit our website:

UC Davis Extension, the continuing and professional education division of UC Davis, has been an internationally recognized leader in educational outreach for individuals, organizations and communities for more than 50 years. With 62,000 annual enrollments in classroom and online university-level courses, UC Davis Extension serves lifelong learners in the growing Sacramento region, all 50 states and more than 100 countries.



Winter 2018 Management and Leadership Courses from UC Davis Extension

Strong management and people skills give you a competitive edge. Our management and leadership classes are taught by expert instructors and will help you improve your communication, conflict management, coaching and leadership skills.

We offer several programs to meet your specific needs: Supervisory Skills Program, Management Development Training and UC Davis Executive Leadership Program. In addition, we offer specialized skills courses designed to quickly grow your leadership skills.

UC Davis Executive Leadership Program Free Online Information Session

  • Jan. 18: Thurs., 4-5 p.m. PST.
  • No Charge. Enroll in section 173EXE100.

UC Davis Executive Leadership Program

  • March 29-May 17: Thurs., 1:30-8 p.m.
  • Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K. St.
  • $5,950 ($5,650 if paid by Feb. 15). Visit to apply.

Supervisory Skills and Management Development Free Online Information Session

  • March 8: Thurs., 11 a.m.-noon PST.
  • No Charge. Enroll in section 173SUP100.

Supervisory Skills Series

Now offering morning and afternoon sessions. Enroll in the entire series or just the courses that meet your needs: Juggling Multiple Priorities, Developing Your Team, Solutions Focused Thinking, Coaching Employees, Generations at Work

  • April 5–April 26, 8:30 a.m.-noon (morning session) or 1-5 p.m. (afternoon session).
  • Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K. St.
  • $295 per course or $1,325 for the series. See website to enroll.
  • Special Discount: Group Discount.

New! How to Manage and Coach the Difficult Person

  • Feb. 1-15: Thurs., 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Sacramento: Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K. St.
  • $1,795. Enroll in section 171MLP175.
  • Special discounts: Group Discount.

To enroll or for more information and a full list of what we offer, visit UC Davis Extension at or call (800) 752-0881.

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