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March 2022: Letter from the Director

Closer to Normal

Next week, the Spring semester starts, and for the first time since March 2020, students and staff are on campus and can forgo face coverings. The mask requirement change is a significant milestone for the college and our community, taking small steps back to normal. However, we are still committed to supporting one’s personal choice to wear a mask and will remain flexible in light of COVID developments.

The policy changes also mean that some of our upcoming events will have in-person opportunities. The Honey and Pollination Center will host two mead classes in early April. Picnic Day returns on April 23 with activities at the Robert Mondavi Institute and across the UC Davis campus.

Our upcoming Sips and Bites: Orange vs. Red, Tasting Experimental Wines, will be virtual, but we are excited that our presenters can taste and discuss the wine together, providing a more dynamic conversation for our audience.

I highly encourage you to register for this limited and rare opportunity to taste experimental wines with industry experts Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly and Dr. Hildegarde Heymann, Ray Rossi Endowed Chair in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. James Campbell, a graduate researcher, produced the two experimental wines that illustrate naturally occurring pigments’ effect on tannins.

If you missed our programs on the terrior of beer, or the business of natural wine, you can watch the event recordings below. They were both engaging conversations with knowledgeable leaders in their industries!

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Andrew Waterhouse
Director, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science
Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology

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