1985 Distinguished Service Award: Maynard A. Amerine

Oct 12, 2007


Maynard A. Amerine - 1985

Maynard A. Amerine helped guide California wine after Prohibition and into its glory days, serving as teacher, inspiration and conscience. Born in 1911, Amerine knew from an early age that he wanted to become an academic researcher. At the University of California at Davis, he developed the system that divides California by climatic zones, a schematic that still guides vintners in choosing the best grapes for a particular site. From 1957 to 1962, he was chairman of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at U.C. Davis. His books include the classic Wine: An Introduction. He died in 1998, at age 87. Photographed in 1985.

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