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Cork Supply USA and Tonnellerie Ô Continue Support for UC Davis Viticulture and Enology by providing Principles and Practices of Winemaking Textbook to Students

Posted on December 07, 2017

Cork Supply USA, Inc., and Tonnellerie Ô, a subsidiary of Cork Supply, are proud to announce their second annual donation to the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology for the purchase of required textbooks for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Enology VEN 124, a wine production class. The company initiated the program in 2016 to provide funding for copies of the highly regarded text, Principles and Practices of Winemaking.

“We’re delighted that Cork Supply and Tonnellerie Ô continue to offer their generous support of our students,” said Dr. David E. Block, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. “Principles and Practices of Winemaking is a key text that students use for multiple courses in our program, but especially wine production. It is the most comprehensive text of its kind in the world, and one that many of our students will keep at their desk for their whole career—not just in school. We thank Cork Supply and Tonnellerie Ô for their continued support of our students and our programs.”

UC Davis professors Roger Boulton, Vernon L. Singleton, Ralph E. Kunkee and Linda Bisson were co-authors of the textbook. The course includes a winemaking lab component at the university’s Teaching and Research Winery, the most advanced and sustainable winery in the world:

Students are also grateful for the donation. “My finances are limited, so receiving this textbook as a gift was especially helpful as I look forward to the course," said Masatoshi Hara, a first-year graduate student at UC Davis.

Third-year undergraduate student Rose Ballantine agrees with Hara. "I'm a new student and I hope to be a winemaker someday—the class and this textbook are vital to my academic success," said Ballantine.

“We’re delighted to continue our annual donation for the purchase of Principles and Practices of Winemaking. We hope it helps aspiring vintners start off on long, rewarding careers in the industry,” said Greg Hirson, Senior Director of Technical Services. A UC Davis alumnus, Hirson earned an MS degree in Viticulture and Enology.

Principles and Practices of Winemaking is available through the UC Davis bookstore:
About UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology
The UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, the largest and most comprehensive university wine program in the United States, has been at the forefront of international grape and wine innovation for 130 years. In partnership with the wine industry, the department develops practical solutions to winemakers and consumers and delivers information at venues throughout California. The department includes 16 faculty members and enrolls 100 undergraduate students and 40 graduate students. Learn more at

About Cork Supply
Since its founding in 1981 by Jochen Michalski, the Cork Supply Group has been redefining quality through innovation, superior service, and expertise. The company is an ISO-certified producer of premium closure products for the global wine industry, including natural corks, CS and Cuvée, technical corks and Talis bartops. In addition, the Group offers labels from the award-winning Studio Labels, as well as traditional handcrafted, custom-finished French and American oak barrels and Creative Oak alternatives from their state-of-the-art cooperage, Tonnellerie Ô. The Group operates production facilities in all corners of the globe, including Europe, Australia, South Africa, Argentina, China, and the United States, providing services to wineries in more than thirty countries. See more at:

About Tonnellerie Ô
Tonnellerie Ô is a state-of-the-art cooperage near the heart of Northern California wine country, where artisan coopers hand-craft, hand-toast and hand-finish French and American oak barrels. Production methods feature innovative design and equipment from R. Monnot, SA, including a multi-stage jointer that is one of a handful of its kind in the world. In addition to pioneering technology, our coopers employ time-honored practices, such as barrel toasting in our traditional 2,500 square foot brick lined toasting room. Collectively, our Master Cooper and his team have nearly a century of experience crafting artisan barrels. For more information on Tonnellerie Ô, please visit:


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