UC Davis Extension offers a variety of courses for novice and experienced grape growers, winemakers and wine lovers. The following courses will take place June-September 2012 in Davis, unless otherwise indicated.

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.

•    Sept. 8: Sat., 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
•    $140. Includes course materials. Please bring a sack lunch. Enroll in section 121VIT212.

Advanced Tasting Seminar

This rigorous day of tasting duplicates many of the consistency and identification tests required of a wine competition judge.  It challenges experienced tasters and provides immediate feedback on their sensitivity to the range of odors and flavors in wine, whether attributes or defects.

•    Aug. 4: Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
•    $350. Includes lunch and all wine. Enroll in section 121VIT216.

Small Vineyard Series: Integrated Pest Management, Cover Crop and Erosion Control
Build your knowledge of several key areas of small vineyard management in this one-day course, part of a series of classes on small-scale viticulture designed for home and small commercial winegrowers. Explore important diseases and insect pests and discuss fall activities in the vineyard.

•    July 28: Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
•    $175. Includes course materials and box lunch. Enroll in section 121VIT213.

Online Introduction to Wine and Winemaking

Whether you’re interested in a career in the wine industry or are just a devoted enophile, 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.

•    Enroll now through June 21 and complete by Sept. 3. Passwords issued starting June 25.
•    $685. Enroll in section 121VID251.

Introduction to Sensory Evaluation

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.

•    June 23-24: Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
•    $550. Includes two lunches and all wine. Enroll in section 121VIT215.

Step-by-Step Winemaking

Learn winemaking by actually producing wine at Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science Winery. This hands-on class is designed to give novice home and small-scale winemakers experience before the varietal harvest in September and October.

•    Sept. 22-23: Sat., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
•    $375. Enroll in section 121VIT217.

Rootstock Workshop: Identification and Use

Learn about the identification and use of the 20 most important rootstocks in California. Learn how to identify rootstocks based on their leaves and shoot tips, and study the North American grape species from which the rootstocks were developed.

•    Aug. 13: Mon., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
•    $210. Includes course materials and box lunch. Enroll in section 121VIT218.