New UC Davis Wine Institute crushing first grapes

on 04/11/10 at 9:59 pm

Wine

Paul Green, left, & Chik Brenneman crush grapes with high-tech equipment at the new $15 million teaching winery at the University of California, Davis. Photo: BRYAN PATRICK

Wine samples in hand, Ben Leachman spent a recent morning analyzing grapes grown from disease-resistant vines. Studying never felt so state-of-the-art.

After more than three years of planning, the new teaching-and-research winery at UC Davis’ Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science is now crushing its first grapes. For students like Leachman, the $15 million winery will provide some high-tech and hands-on experience before launching their careers.

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