Savor: Wine, Wildfire and Climate Change

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Peter J. Shields Library

Savor: Wine, Wildfires and Climate Change

Scientists have linked catastrophic California wildfires with climate change, raising the specter that massive wildfires may be the new normal. What are the implications for agriculture and winemaking in California? Join us for a conversation with former Governor Jerry Brown, who emphasizes the need for California agriculture to adapt to climate change, and Dr. Anita Oberholster, from the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, who studies the effect of smoke exposure on wine grapes.

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5:15-5:45 p.m. Reception
6:00-7:15 p.m. Savor: Wine, Wildfire and Climate Change


Jerry Brown was governor of California from 1975 to 1983 and from 2011 to 2019. A leader in environmental sustainability throughout his career, Brown has advanced water conservation and tougher energy efficiency standards. During his final term in office, he broke new ground once again by pushing for greater recognition of the impact of climate change on agriculture and the need for California’s agricultural industry to adopt more climate-friendly practices.

Anita Oberholster studies the influence of growing practices and environmental factors on grape ripening, wine composition and wine quality. In the wake of the 2017 Napa wildfires, she began studying how smoke affects grapes and the wine made from them. Oberholster joined the faculty of the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology in 2011. In 2018, she was named one of Wine Business Monthly’s 50 most influential leaders in the wine industry.


  • General Public: $10.00
  • Students: $5.00/ID required (use code NZFCHHJHHE)


Savor: Lectures on Food and Wine hosts thought leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and scientific experts for evenings of illuminating discussion on some of the biggest topics in food and wine being studied at UC Davis today. The Robert Mondavi Institute and UC Davis Library have embarked on this partnership to advance our shared commitment to supporting scholarship about food and wine, at UC Davis and beyond.


Peter J. Shields Library, First Floor
100 NW Quad
Davis, CA 95616


Parking is available in Visitor Parking Lot 5, a five-minute walk from the library.
Visitor Parking: $9