By Chris Macias
Professor Vernon Singleton spent four decades at UC Davis' Department of Viticulture and Enology, and renowned as one of the wine world's experts in chemistry. Singleton, who retired in 1991, will be acknowledged for his key research into such subjects as wine maturation and barrel aging by being inducted into the 2011 Vintners Hall of Fame.
Singleton will be inducted on Feb. 21 at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, and will join such fellow 2011 inductees as:
Joel Peterson: co-founder of Ravenswood Winery and champion of single-vineyard zinfandel.
Bob Trinchero: he introduced the wine world to white zinfandel at Sutter Home Winery and was an early proponent of Amador zinfandel.
Vintners Hall of Fame "pioneer" inductees include August Sebastiani of Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery and domestic pinot noir pioneer Richard Graff of Chalone Vineyards.
"These five men have had a tremendous impact on improving the quality of wine for everyday drinkers," said W. Blake Gray, chair of the nominating committee, in a statement. "Anybody who's a fan of California wine today can find some reason to thank them.
In two Sacramento connections to the Vintners Hall of Fame, former Bee food wne wine editor Mike Dunne served on the nominating committee, while grocer and wine expert Darrell Corti was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame in 2008.