FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

Resuming Research

Prohibition shut down the viticulture and enology programs at the University of California that had been active since 1875. After repeal, a new wine research program was established at the agriculture campus at Davis, just west of Sacramento.

Viticulture students at Davis, about 1940

Viticulture students at Davis, about 1940

Courtesy of Special Collections, University of California, Davis

Wine tasting at California State Fair, 1938

Wine tasting at California State Fair, 1938

Tastings and competitions helped spur the regeneration of California wines after Prohibition. One of the judges at this wine tasting at the 1938 fair was Maynard Amerine (standing at right), who became one of the most influential researchers in grape growing and wine making. 

Courtesy of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis, from Wines & Vines, January 1939