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News & Events Archive ~ 2013-2014

Making Strides Towards Educational Tasting and Sensory Analysis


Assembly Bill 1989 is heading to the CA State Senate! This bill would allow scholars of winemaking and beer brewing to taste these products as part of their coursework. Cal Poly and other qualified winemaking or brewing programs would be able to include sensory analysis in the curriculum for students ages 18-20.

Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture was represented at the committee hearing last week where our students and Dr. Cooper explained the importance of this law to education, the future of our department, and successful careers in the wine industry.

Follow the link to read more about the bill in the Sacramento Bee or on the California Legislature Information Website.

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2nd Annual Wine and Viticulture Senior Banquet


Graduating Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture students, we would like to invite you, along with your family and friends, to join us for an exclusive senior commencement event. Hosted at the beautiful Edna Valley Vineyard, the event will include a cocktail hour, featuring various Edna Valley Vineyard wines, barrel tasting, and dinner from Two Cooks Catering.

There will also be a slideshow to celebrate all of the memories the graduating class has made together. If you have photos that you would like to be included in the show, you can email them to wvitseniorbanquet2014@gmail.com.

Please follow the link to the Eventbrite page to purchase tickets for the evening. Do not miss the opportunity to celebrate graduating from the Wine and Viticulture department with your classmates, families, and favorite faculty members in the idyllic Edna Valley. It will be a night to remember! Join the Facebook Event for more information updates for the banquet.

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Open House Weekend Events


We had a great time this weekend sharing our love for wine and viticulture with prospective students at Open House. Our students demonstrated a sensory analysis activity, and everyone who visited the booth got to test their senses! Thank you to those who helped showcase our department, and we hope everyone who visited enjoyed the Open House festivities. We are looking forward to a very talented incoming class of Wine and Viticulture students.

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Vines to Wines Presents the 19th Annual Winemaker's Dinner


To our friends, faculty, and alumni,

Please join us for our 19th annual Winemakers Dinner on Friday May 30th, 2014 at the Monday Club in San Luis Obispo.

We extend our sincerest thanks to those who continually support Cal Poly's Vines to Wines Club and the Wine and Viticulture Department. The annual Winemakers Dinner is Vines to Wines largest fundraiser. It is what provides the necessary funding to keep the club running successfully year after year.

The Winemakers Dinner features a four-course dinner from chef Ian McPhee. Wines from two Cal Poly alumni are served with dinner and these winemakers are honored. The event also includes both a silent and live auction.

One hundred percent of the profits from the Winemakers Dinner go towards the Vines to Wines club. This provides funding for dinner at meetings and special activities for club members, such as our annual trip to the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento.

This year, in efforts to ease cash handling, Vines to Wines is selling all tickets through EventBrite.com.
Buy your tickets online now at cpvinestowines.eventbrite.com

If you are unable to make it to the dinner but would still like to support the club, please follow the link on EventBrite for additional ways to donate.

Thank you for making this event successful year after year,
The 2014 Vines to Wines Officer Team & Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture

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2014 Summer International Wine Institute


SwissWe are excited to be hosting the 2014 Summer International Wine Institute. This program will be a once in a lifetime journey along the west coast with international students from Australia and Switzerland. Check out the Discover Wine and Viticulture page for more information about the program. Students are encouraged to attend the information meeting on April 1st at 6pm in the CAFES Dean’s Conference Room.


Establishment of The Patterson Memorial Fund


Dear Friends of Keith Patterson and The Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Department,

We recently established The Patterson Memorial Fund at Cal Poly, and we appreciate the inquiries that have already been made about contributing to the fund. Keith was one of the founders who worked tirelessly to make the Wine and Viticulture Department as successful as it is today. His leadership and focus on student achievement laid the foundation for many successful and influential Cal Poly (and Cal State Fresno) alumni throughout California's Wine and Viticulture industry.

With your support, we would like to make Keith's impact at Cal Poly permanent. Our goal is to name the Cal Poly teaching vineyard in Keith's honor by establishing an endowment fund that will keep his spirit of teaching alive. The first step in doing this was the establishment of The Patterson Memorial Fund. This fund will be used to provide support for countless undergraduate students to work as teaching assistants in our viticulture activity classes. As there is no better mechanism for life-long learning than teaching others, the permanent provision of funding for undergraduate teaching assistants will ensure that Keith continues to play a role in the learn-by-doing way in our viticulture program forever. As funds accumulate, we hope to do even more, and eventually to endow a Viticulture Professorship in Keith's name.

Keith truly valued camaraderie among us. For those that knew him, he who is not completely forgotten never completely dies, and Keith will live on within the countless lives he touched. With your support, Keith's legacy can continue to foster learning in the lives of students he never got to know. In his memory, please help us achieve a lasting testament to his commitment to students and to viticulture education. Contributions to the Memorial Fund can be made by check payable to Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture, designated to the Patterson Memorial Fund.

With Best Regards,

Jim Cooper, Professor and Head, and

Victoria Patterson, Viticulture Major

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Woodward Graff Endowment Fund for Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Students


The Woodward Graff Wine Foundation has been a generous supporter of Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture for years and has recently established an endowment fund for Wine and Viticulture student scholarships.

The scholarship fund was created in memory of the late Dick Graff in 1998 to fund the education of students interested in the food, wine, and hospitality industry. The foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by the purchase of Graff Family Vineyard Wines and donations. The foundation is named after Dick Graff and Phillip Woodward, who were the founders of the Chalone Wine Group.

In 1971, Phillip Woodward and Richard Graff came together to create what would later become the Chalone Wine Group. Chalone Vineyard represented California in the historic Judgment of Paris Wine Competition where it was recognized as one of the top wines from both France and the US. The Chalone Wine Group has prospered and grown with Richard Graff and brothers John and Peter Watson-Graff as winemakers and expanded to include eight wineries. Together, these men have pioneered Burgundy-Style, top-flight wines, and developed a quality wine industry in California and the Chalone AVA.

We want to thank the Woodward Graff Foundation for supporting The Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Department. This contribution will help educate and develop the next generation of leaders in the wine industry.

Spring Commencement 2014


The Commencement Ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences is Scheduled for Saturday, June 14 in Spanos Stadium.

The College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences, the College of Science & Mathematics, and the College of Liberal Arts will walk at 9 a.m. Student Affairs will host receptions in the University Union for participants and guests following each ceremony.

The June Commencement Ceremony is for students with a declared graduation term of Spring. Students who file the Graduation Evaluation Form with the Office of the Registrar and have an estimated graduation date of Winter, Spring or Summer quarters are eligible to participate in the June commencement ceremony. Students with an estimated graduation date of Fall quarter are eligible to participate in the December commencement ceremony.

Students who would like to participate in a ceremony other than the one for which they are eligible must submit a Commencement Petition Request Form. The form must be submitted prior to April 4th in order for the student’s name to appear in the commencement program provided at the Spring 2014 graduation ceremony.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Cal Poly Commencement at 805-756-1580 or visit the Cal Poly Commencement website. The Office of the Registrar handles the Commencement Bulletin and the conferring of degrees, including the issuing of diplomas. Degrees are conferred after the ceremony, when the Office of the Registrar performs final degree checks.

The Wine and Viticulture Department will meet in the Bonderson Plaza following the commencement and tickets are not required for the department ceremony. We will be taking class pictures for the Wine and Viticulture Department at this ceremony. This will be a day to recognize your hard work and contribution as a student to the department. We look forward to celebrating with friends and family.

The 2014 Chardonnay Symposium Supports Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture

The Chardonnay Symposium is the country’s premier event for education of Chardonnay wines, and this year the event will be generously donating silent auction proceeds and a portion of ticket sales to The Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Department.

The symposium is right around the corner. The weekend of May 16-18th will be a true immersion in the culture of Chardonnay with a Grand Tasting, educational seminar, dinner at Lido at Dolphin Bay, and special promotions from local wineries.

We are so grateful for The Chardonnay Symposium’s contribution to our department, and hope that you can join us at the symposium to celebrate Chardonnay wines and support The Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Department.

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Annual Alumni & Friends Reception at 2014 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium

Cal Poly’s Wine & Viticulture Department invites you to a reception on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Vines Restaurant in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento.

The Wine & Viticulture Department Alumni & Friends Reception, held in conjunction with the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, will be celebrating the program’s new status as a department. Come enjoy wine and appetizers while networking and mingling with other alumni, current students, and staff and faculty members.

An RSVP is appreciated but not required by Jan. 22 to wvit@calpoly.edu

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Department Announces New Faculty Recruitments

January 15, 2014 - WVIT is currently searching to fill two new full-time, tenure-track faculty positions in enology – one with teaching and research interests in wine sensory, and a second with interests in fermentation biology. In addition, together with the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, we are searching for two tenure-track faculty members with interests in wine chemistry. For more information and to complete a required online faculty application, please visit WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG, search for requisition #103118, #103119, & #103113.

Applications are currently under review for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in viticulture.

Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program Elevated to Department Status

Cal Poly’s College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences today announced that its popular Wine & Viticulture Program has become an official department within the college.

The designation as a department reflects the rapid growth of the program. With 250 students, Cal Poly’s Wine & Viticulture Department is the largest of its kind in the nation. In addition, the department is enrolling more than 90 new students this year, the largest incoming class in its history.

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