News and Events
February 23, 2016
A research project partly funded by Genome BC allows Dr. Vivien Measday, Associate Professor at the UBC Wine Research Centre, and her graduate student Jay Martiniuk to work with Dumayne and other growers and vintners.
February 22, 2016
One graduate student position (Masters or Ph.D.-level) is available in Dr. Simone Diego Castellarin’s lab in the Wine Research Centre, at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada). The position has been created to provide research support for a collaborative project with the BC Wine and Grape Council looking at the impact of major […]
February 9, 2016
Assistant Professor Simone Castellarin has been appointed UBC‘s Canada Research Chair in Viticulture & Plant Genomics, one of 31 new/renewed CRCs for UBC in 2016. The CRC program helps attract and retain top researchers across the country. There are 187 chairs at the university. Dr. Castellarin studies the biological mechanisms that control how grapes ripen and how they […]
September 20, 2015
The senses unravel the mysteries of a fine wine—a vintner can read the subtlety in colour, clarity, weight, density, smell, and taste; with eyes, nose and tongue telling the story of the journey from vine to glass. This part is really the dénouement of the winemaking tale. The true story of wine begins on the […]
January 28, 2015
“UBC is home to many a strange room, but few are so unexpected as the Wine Library. Tucked away discreetly in the basement of a nondescript building, painstakingly designed, the library is capable of housing up to 22,000 bottles in strictly controlled conditions. It is, I am told, the most secure room on campus (though I hope this isn’t true, given the […]
April 1, 2014
Simone Castellarin grew up in the vineyards of Northern Italy. Now he wants to share his wine-growing knowledge with B.C. growers.
July 25, 2013
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) invited Dr. Hennie van Vuuren, Director of the UBC Wine Research Centre, to take part in a special networking opportunity on Parliament Hill in February.
April 10, 2013
Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Agriculture Derek Sturko toured the Wine Research Centre in March, 2013.
May 9, 2012
Dr. van Vuuren was honoured by the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation in Ottawa for major scientific breakthroughs in his laboratory that will prevent the formation of neurotoxins and carcinogens in wine.
February 14, 2012
What happens in living cells when transposable jumping genes integrate into different loci in the genomes of cells?
January 20, 2012
What is it about wine, especially red wine, that makes as much as a third of humanity unable to drink it without getting a headache? We’re not talking about a hangover here. Drinking just one glass can trigger immediate discomfort, raise blood pressure or morph into a days-long migraine. Until the 1980s, red wine headache, […]
January 19, 2012
Buying a bad bottle of Chardonnay laced with bitter tannins may soon be a thing of the past if Hennie van Vuuren has his way. In what is believed to be the first project of its kind, van Vuuren and the Wine Research Centre at the University of British Columbia will map the genes of […]
January 10, 2012
With holiday merrymaking (and, one hopes, hangovers) a fading memory, moderation is on the menu in many homes. You can ban alcohol, but that penance is too severe for some of us. A more enticing solution: lower-alcohol wines. Not de-alcoholized, but bottles naturally imbued with, say, 12.5 per cent or less. Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/food-and-wine/wine/beppi-crosariol/what-do-you-drink-if-you-want-lower-alcohol-wine/article2297759/
November 21, 2011
Enlightened self-interest is a powerful motivator. For 15 years now, Hennie van Vuuren has been building an army—one yeast cell at a time—to make the world a better, safer place for fellow wine lovers, a world without headaches and other nasty things. Van Vuuren, a South African-born microbiologist, holds the Eagles Chair in Food Biotechnology […]
January 17, 2011
UBC’s Wine Research Centre and The Australian Wine Research Institute received $585,000 to produce the first assembled genomic sequence of the Chardonnay grape.
October 28, 2010
I swirl the glass and stick my nose in it. Fruit. Sun. Taking a sip, I taste citrus, hay and rock. Right away I wonder if there might be another bottle. I dig into the buttery sablefish and dainty carrots that have just been brought in and drink another mouthful, letting the wine’s clean finish […]
October 1, 2009
On the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the Wine Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, held on September 9, 2009, Genome Canada announced the launch of “Grape and Wine Genomics”, an international wine genomics research and development program with an investment of $3.4 million. The multi-national project is led by Drs. Steven […]
July 8, 2009
Now celebrating its 10th year, the WRC has attracted world-renowned scientists and close to $17 million in research funding, including a major new $3.4 million project funded by Genome Canada and Genome BC.
July 21, 2008
Penticton, BC – On the occasion of the 9th Annual Enology & Viticulture Conference and Tradeshow sponsored by the British Columbia Wine Grape Council, Genome BC is pleased to announce the launch of WineGen, a unique international wine genomics research and development program with an investment of $5 million. The multi-national project is led by […]
February 5, 2008
The BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association (BCAMA) is proud to present Uncorked: the brand behind the label. Brandever’s Bernie Hadley-Beauregard, the wine industry’s foremost branding expert, will lead a panel discussion about the genius of the brands behind some of Canada’s hottest wine labels. The panel will consist of proprietors from Blasted Church and Dirty Laundry wineries, and […]