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January 25, 2011
UC Davis celebrates wine, food research and teaching complex

By Niesha Lofing
nlofing@sacbee.com

Hundreds of people are expected to converge Friday at UC Davis to celebrate the school's new 34,000 square foot wine and food complex.

The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, constructed entirely through private donations, houses the Viticulture, Enology and Food Science and Technology departments, the Robert Mondavi Institute and a state-of-the-art sensory facility.

It's also the first winery, brewery or food-processing facility in the world to earn a LEED platinum certification, the highest environmental rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, states a UC Davis news release.

The facility will become self-sustainable in its energy and water use in the future.

University and public officials, as well as Margrit Mondavi, are expected to attend the ceremony, which will be followed by tours, demonstrations and a reception.

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