The department of Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis is a crucial part of California’s wine world, both for the research it conducts and for training countless winemakers and viticulturists.
Mustard growing between the Sauvignon Blanc vines at Dancing Crow Vineyards
The department holds regular seminars away from the main Davis campus as part of the “Enology on the Road” series and on March 28th this year they visited Lake County. One of the main topics of the day’s presentations was “smoke taint” – the possible harmful effects of wildfire smoke on grapes – entire harvests can be comprised under the worst circumstances. Of course this is a subject of some significance to Lake County given several disastrous wildfires over the last few years.
At Dancing Crow we have been very fortunate, having avoided any crop damage from either the Valley fire in 2015, or last year’s Ranch and Mendocino fires, which caused some much damage.
You can learn more about the March 28th event and the U.C. Davis Viticulture and Enology department HERE.