April 15, 2011
Playboy names UC Davis' wine studies in "party schools" issue

For the second time in two years, UC Davis has landed on the pages of Playboy magazine. In the magazine's current "Top 10 Party Schools - 2011" issue, UC Davis was awarded "thirstiest major" for its viticulture and enology program. Guess the Playboy bunny can't get enough of Aggie Town. Back in October, Playboy magazine listed Charlie Bamforth, UC Davis' Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences, in its rundown of the country's top 20 professors and dubbed him "brewmaster general."

But the science of studying wine is serious stuff at UC Davis, with its new $15 million research winery that's adjacent to 12-acres of student vineyards. That's to say, if you're looking to get credit for getting sloshed, don't plan on studying wine at UC Davis.

"Ironically, the 'thirstiest major' is a very apt description of our winemaking program because none of the wines made here for teaching or research purposes can be consumed, sold or even given away," said Andrew Waterhouse, chair of the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, in a statement. "Underage students aren't allowed to taste the wines, and when tasting, our students are expected to spit afterwards. So our students truly do leave the classroom and tasting lab very thirsty."

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