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These 1973 lectures by UC Davis Professor Maynard Amerine, one of the most significant wine scientists in the past century, introduce sensory evaluation to students in the viticulture and enology program.

Amerine is widely considered the father of modern wine sensory evaluation. Under his mentorship, two generations of UC Davis students learned how to evaluate wine according to appearance, flavor and aroma. Many became winemakers and some achieved prominence and acclaim in the California wine industry.

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These 1973 lectures by UC Davis Professor Maynard Amerine, one of the most significant wine scientists in the past century, introduce sensory evaluation to students in the viticulture and enology program.

Amerine is widely considered the father of modern wine sensory evaluation. Under his mentorship, two generations of UC Davis students learned how to evaluate wine according to appearance, flavor and aroma. Many became winemakers and some achieved prominence and acclaim in the California wine industry.

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    French Wines: Part One

    French Wines: Part One

    Lecture 7: A discussion on French wines.

    • 51 min
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    French Wines: Part Two

    French Wines: Part Two

    Lecture 8: Continues the discussion on French wines.

    • 50 min
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    Present State of Grape Growing and Winemaking

    Present State of Grape Growing and Winemaking

    Lecture 9: Discusses Alsatian wines, German wines, Swiss wines, Austrian wines and Hungarian wines. This lecture focuses on the present state of grape growing and winemaking under socialism as well as historically.

    • 51 min
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    Lecture Review

    Lecture Review

    Lecture 10: This lecture begins with a review of the lectures so far. It discusses lessons from Europe that can be applied in California and continues with Hungarian, Soviet, Bulgarian, Israeli, South African and Australian wines. It also contains brief comments on the wines of other regions: Spanish, Portuguese, Egyptian, Tunisian, Algerian and Moroccan, Mexican, Peruvian, Chilean and Argentinean wines.

    • 49 min
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    Italian Wines and Vermouth

    Italian Wines and Vermouth

    Lecture 11: Discusses Italian wines and Vermouth.

    • 44 min
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    Special and Flavored Wines

    Special and Flavored Wines

    Lecture 12: The first half of this lecture contains questions and answers in preparation for a quiz. Questions include: effects of different yeasts, kosher wines, chaptalization in Germany and issues involving native North American varieties. After the questions and answers, Amerine discusses special wines beginning with Marsala. He has a brief interjection where he goes back to Lecture 10 with comments on South African wines, then ends the lecture with flavored wines.

    • 53 min

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