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Introduction to Winemaking

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Jean-Jacques Lambert

Viticulture and Enology 

Jean-Jacques Lambert is currently a Lecturer, Soil Scientist, and Viticulture Specialist in the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis (since 2004).  He currently teaches Introduction to Winemaking (VEN 3) and an upper division class on Climate and Soils in Viticulture. After receiving his Ph.D in Soil Science at UC Davis, Dr. Lambert worked as a researcher for the National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) in France. He was born in southwest France and his academic background includes Agricultural Geography, History, Geomorphology, as well as Soil Science. As a researcher, he has studied soil variation in the vineyards of California, France and Spain, and is interested in how soil properties influence grapevine growth and wine characteristics. He has a passion for leading educational tours for students and professionals, incorporating elements of history, science, geography and culture to provide a multidisciplinary introduction to viticulture and winemaking in France.

A Message to Students and Parents

"Introduction to Winemaking in Dijon, France, is an ideal course for those interested in Wine, Food, Nutrition, Geography, History and Culture. It offers both valuable technical information and a unique opportunity for the students to broaden their horizons and discover other cultures and ways of life. The ‘real experiences’ in this class include winery and vineyard visits coupled with cultural and sightseeing activities. France has an extraordinarily rich geographic and cultural heritage, and as a native of France it is always a great pleasure for me to explain local landscapes, history and culture to students. This will be my second time teaching the class in Dijon. Over the years I have taught Introduction to Winemaking (VEN 3) on the Davis campus to hundreds of students from many different backgrounds, and it has been exciting to help them discover the world of wine and winemaking. After taking the summer course, several students have actually changed their major to Viticulture and Enology because of their experiences. Students who have taken this course in the past have commented that it is an experience they will remember fondly for the rest of their lives."