A public symposium on making and selling sweet dessert wines and wines made from dried fruit will be held Wednesday, Jan. 12, at UC Davis’ Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.

Speakers, coming from as far away as Portugal and Canada, will include grape growers, winemakers, marketers and consultants, as well as university experts.

Presentations will cover various sugar-concentrating techniques used to make sweet wines, economics of production costs, and how sweet-wine makers can enter niche markets.

The symposium will include lunch and tastings throughout the day.

The symposium will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater of the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Sensory Building. It will include lunch and tasting throughout the day, and be followed by a reception and tour of the world's first LEED Platinum teaching and research winery, located at the Robert Mondavi Institute.

Cost for the symposium is $125 for the general public or $95 for Friends of the Robert Mondavi Institute and UC Davis staff, students and faculty.

A complete agenda for the event and online registration are available at: http://www.robertmondaviinstitute.ucdavis.edu/sweet-dessert-and-dried-fruit-wines.

More information also can be obtained by contacting Kim Bannister at the Robert Mondavi Institute at (530) 752-5171 or kbannister@ucdavis.edu.