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Library Exhibitions: ‘Aggie’ Front Pages and Vine to Wine

By Dateline Staff on October 24, 2017 in University

Shields Library this quarter is grabbing headlines with an exhibition of front pages of the student newspaper, from The Weekly Agricola to The California Aggie. The library is also showcasing the university’s viticulture and enology collection, and, in conjunction with that, holding a panel discussion on “The Emergence of Modern California Wine” — a program that will include a discussion of the recent wine country fires.

The California Aggie: A Century of HeadlinesSee UC Davis history through the eyes of student reporters for The California Aggie. Historic front pages dating back to its earliest years — when UC Davis was still the University Farm and the campus paper was called The Weekly Agricola — are on display.

Can’t make it to campus? Can’t get enough Aggie history? Follow @ThisWeekinTheAggie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all year for gems from the archives.

The UC Davis Library, home of the University Archives, is now engaged in a project to digitize the complete Aggie archive, then put it online in a searchable format. Learn more about the project and how you can help.

You will find this exhibition to the left of the main staircase as you enter the library.

From Vine to Wine: Highlights from Special Collections The story of wine comes to life through this colorful exhibition featuring:

  • Research materials from emeritus faculty who helped shape UC Davis’ viticulture and enology department into the global leader it is today, including Albert J. Winkler and Harold P. Olmo
  • Vintage wine labels and menus collected by Maynard Amerine, legendary professor of viticulture and enology
  • Photographs and other materials from the collections of leading wine writers and winemakers such as Robert Mondavi, Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson
  • Rare books on wine and more

You will find this exhibition in the display cases outside Special Collections on the first floor of the library.

“The Emergence of Modern California Wine: A Conversation” — Panel discussion covering the period from the 1976 Judgment of Paris — which put California wine on the global map — to today (including the recent fires). The panelists: Hugh Johnson, world-renowned British wine writer; Bob Thompson, California wine writer; and Warren Winiarski, Napa winemaker. Moderator: Narsai David, food and wine editor, KCBS Radio, San Francisco. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, Shields Library. RSVPs required by Wednesday, Nov. 1.

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About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or