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Introduction to Wine Chemistry

Designed for individuals with a winemaking background but no formal training in chemistry, this weekend program provides insights into the interplay of chemical reactions that occur in wine and winemaking. An understanding of such reactions establishes the necessary background for making informed decisions on wine processing. Learn about the importance of pH chemistry in winemaking, titratable acidity, buffer capacity and equilibriums in wine, fermentation end products (including ethanol and volatile acidity) and other critical topics associated with wine chemistry. This is a course in wine chemistry and is not intended as a course in methods of wine analysis.  

Lunch is not included with this course. Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.

Please note: This course does not satisfy the chemistry requirement for the Winemaking Certificate Program.


Michael Ramsey is the teaching laboratory manager for the Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis, planning and coordinating lab classes and assisting students. With a degree in fermentation science from UC Davis, he has had a long career in all phases of alcoholic beverage production. Ramsey has received numerous national and international commercial awards and can often be found judging at the local level or the state fair. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious UC Davis Extension Outstanding Service Award for his contributions and dedication to the University's continuing education program. 


Sun.& Sat., 8:30am to 4:30pm, Apr 06 to Apr 07


DaVinci 1632 DaVinci Court, Davis CA 95618



Fee $385.00

Special Discounts

CAAA Member Discount: Current members of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association and other UC alumni associations receive $50 off the course fee. If you don't have your association discount code contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services at (800) 752-0881.

Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. Click here or visit to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

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