The University of California publishes books and journals to fill a wide range of needs. Below are some links and recommended books to put the latest viticultural information at your fingertips.
ANR Catalog - your source for quality peer-reviewed products produced by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Whether you're looking for advice on crop production, pest management, study materials for DPR exams, nutrition, or gardening - the answers are at the click of a mouse.
California Agriculture - Peer-reviewed research and news articles from the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Topics about California agriculture are searchable, and the full articles are published online in pdf format.
University of California Press - A fascinating collection of books for sale on wine and viticulture, from one of the most distinguished university presses in the United States.
This beautifully illustrated book is a "must-have" for growers, vintners, and enthusiasts. Inside you'll find information on ripening periods for 53 varieties grown in California, ripening dates of varieties by period and growing district, detailed illustrations of grapevine structure, a glossary, and a bibliography. The star of the show is the discussion of the 36 major wine grape varieties grown in the state, covering synonyms, source, physical characteristics such as clusters, berries, and leaves, harvest periods and methods, and winery use. Each variety is highlighted by close-up photography of its clusters, leaves and leaf shoots - 107 lush color photos in all. Buy book
North American Pinot Noir
Pinot noir, the famously elegant, sexy, and capricious red grape of Burgundy, is finally producing impressive wines in North America. A comprehensive reference for winemakers and aficionados as well as a sourcebook for casual enthusiasts, it includes extensive historical and viticultural background on pinot noir in the New World and profiles of six dozen prominent producers in California, Oregon, British Columbia, and New York. Buy book
Zinfandel: A History of a Grape and Its Wine
Charles Sullivan, a leading expert on the history of California wine, has at last written the definitive history of Zinfandel. Here he brings together his deep knowledge of wine with the results of his extensive research on the grape in the United States and Europe in a book that will entertain and enlighten wine aficionados and casual enthusiasts. In this lively book, Sullivan dispels the false legend that has obscured Zinfandel's history for almost a century, reveals the latest scientific findings about the grape's European roots, shares his thoughts on the quality of the wines now being produced, and looks to the future of this remarkable grape. Buy book