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Introduction to Winemaking

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Jean-Jacques Lambert

Department of Viticulture & Enology

Dr. Jean-Jacques Lambert was born and raised in southwest France in a viticultural area known for its wine, gastronomy and beautiful landscapes. After receiving a Master’s degree in Geography, he came to the US to complete a PhD in Soil Science at UC Davis. Returning to France, he became interested in soils and viticultural “terroirs while working with the National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) in the famous Loire Valley region. He joined the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis in 2003, specializing in the relationship between soil properties (such as chemical and physical properties and soil fertility), vine growth characteristics, and ultimately grape and wine quality. He is currently a Soil Specialist and Lecturer, teaching the popular Introduction to Winemaking course offered each quarter on the Davis campus, as well as a new class on Soils, Climate and Viticulture.

A Message to Students and Parents

"Introduction to Winemaking in Dijon, France, is an ideal course for those interested in Wine, Geography, History and Culture. It offers both valuable technical information and a unique opportunity for young people to broaden their horizons and discover other cultures and ways of life. It has been a real pleasure to teach Introduction to Winemaking here at UC Davis for the past few years. Over the years I have taught a broad range of students from many different backgrounds, and it has been exciting to help them discover the world of wine and winemaking. I am looking forward to continuing this work with a smaller group in Dijon, with the added winery and vineyard visits and cultural and sightseeing activities. I have also been privileged to serve as a tour leader and guide for small groups of students and professionals visiting France. France has an extraordinarily rich geographic and cultural heritage, and as a geographer and history buff it is always a great pleasure to explain local landscapes, history and culture to students and visitors. I am also well aware of the challenges associated with guiding a group of young students navigating a new environment. It is a situation I have experienced many times and have always dealt with successfully by providing safety guidelines, promoting individual responsibility and being attentive to student needs during the course. As a native French speaker, I am also able to provide cultural and linguistic guidance as needed. 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."