Tuesday, May 19, 2009

UC Davis Viticulture & Enology has a sweet new home

Davis is well known for its world-class wine department.  When in comes to wine, they have the best professors, staff, and researchers in the world.  One thing that was lacking was the facilities.

Built in the 1930's, the old enology building was not exactly modern or practical.  Wickson Hall was built in the 1950's as a modern home for the research labs and classrooms.  Now pushing 60 years old Wickson was showing its age.  Tiny dark rooms, slight funky smells etc.  When I was there I didn't really notice.  We had nothing to compare it to so we just made do.  

Davis wine students now have the beautiful Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI) to call home.  This is a state of the art facility with too many fancy amenities to list.  The thing looks like a luxury resort.  Its great to see this finally happen, its about time. 

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