Napa Vintners Announce Partnership with UC Davis to bring Professional Development course to Napa Valley


12/21/2011 - St. Helena, CA - The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV), non-profit trade organization representing more than 420 wineries in the Napa Valley, is proud to announce that it is partnering with the University of California at Davis to host a unique, professional development course for winemakers and enologists to be held in the Napa Valley focusing on topics relevant to commercial winemaking. The Wine Flavor class is structured with tastings coupled with discussion, taught by UC Davis faculty.

The inaugural class will be held on January 13, 2012 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone in St. Helena. The cost is $150 per person (including lunch) for NVV members and $225 per person for non-NVV members.

The topics will include the recognition of common microbial off characters including sulfur taints, ML/bacterial taints, fermentation-derived taints and spoilage organisms, among others.

Please contact Connor Best at the NVV at 707-968-4225 or email for more information or to sign up for the class.

The Napa Valley Vintners is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents more than 420 Napa Valley wineries and collectively is a leader in the world-wide wine industry. To learn more about our region and its legendary American wines, visit

Contact: Terry Hall, Communications Director 707-968-4217