Northern California "NorCal" Chapter


Brian Lynaugh, President of the NorCal Chapter, writes to us about a recent chapter event:

On June 8th, the AEE NorCal hosted a field trip and wine tasting for members to the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis. The field trip featured a tour of the Teaching and Research Winery followed by wine tasting at the Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater. Our guide for the evening was Roger Boulton, professor and chemical at for the Department of Viticulture and Enology.

[This] newly completed winery, brewery and food-processing complex at the University of California, Davis, is set to begin operations as the most environmentally sophisticated complex of its kind in the world, one that promises to unravel scientific enigmas and solve practical problems related to foods, beverages and health. The $20 million, 34,000-square-foot teaching-and-research complex is expected to be the first winery, brewery or food-processing facility to earn LEED Platinum certification, the highest environmental rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) It is intended to become self-sustainable in energy and water use after all of its features come online.