#NWTW Week 31: ON TOUR –What They Get Up To At UCAL Davis

week 31 cold apple     week 31 warm pineapple

Don’t know about the rest of you, but following on from a socially appauling time as younger kid, Uni was my time to get stuck into a bit of UK drinking culture. I’m not proud of it, but it went by in a blur of abstract maths that I didn’t really understand and snakebite. Well over at the University of California, Davis Campus, someone spent their time a little bit more usefully….

They came up with a way of splitting up the wine growing areas of California by climate, so you’d be able to know what grapes to grow in that area and what you’d get out of them. Alright, the scale (known as the Davis Zone system) only really deals with temperature, and no other terroir-esque kind of things, but that’s still really useful.

week 31 davis centre

For a white grape like Chardonnay, if you’re going for a fruit driven style, it’s quite nice to know what you’re to expect. In cool climates (Zone I and II) you get green fruit flavours like apples. In moderate places (Zones III and IV) you get stone fruits like peach, and in hot places (Zone V) you’ll get tropical fruit like pineapples.

So if you know where you’re buying it from, and what Zone that is, then you can have a good old guess at what the fruit tastes will be. Not bad, huh?



Previous posts in #NWTW Week 31

#NWTW Week 31: ON TOUR – Chardonnay from California (Part One)

#NWTW Week 31: ON TOUR – Chardonnay from California (Part Two)

#NWTW Week 31: ON TOUR – Time To Try Californian Chardonnay Again


A cold apple and a warm pineapple…hopefully self explanatory

The Davis Campus, looks nicer than where I went!

9 thoughts on “#NWTW Week 31: ON TOUR –What They Get Up To At UCAL Davis”

      1. Thank you for noticing my rushed response!!

        They didn’t get it all right at Davis though, especially when it came to rootstocks and phylloxera. Oh, and they missed out the E in their name!

    1. Will look into that – interesting – I need to brush up on my UCD know-how – love to geek-out on wine tech. A bit daft here – always willing to look the fool to get the joke – the “E” – it will plague me all day trying to figure that out – please explain? ….Cheers!

  1. Ha! I was accepted to UC Davis and decided not to go because the campus seemed boring…as a freshman I went to U of Oregon and well, that party didn’t last long (it is where they filmed Animal House.) Good news, I managed to bounce back and eventually transferred and graduated from California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo. The faculty and students at UC Davis are developing amazing technological advancements in wine making, growing and production – with the ample funding from the industry and gifts from the Mondavi foundation. I have no regrets, but tons of respect for my could-have-been alma mater.

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