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Wine Tasting and Wood-fired Pizza at Matchbook Winery & Vineyards

Monday, June 26 SOLD OUT

Visit a local vineyard and enjoy wine tasting at Matchbook Winery & Tasting Room ( Matchbook Winery is a family-owned winery tucked away in Northern California’s gently rolling Dunnigan Hills. Located just 30 minutes north of Sacramento and Davis, Matchbook is a local Yolo County destination for wine lovers looking to discover quality estate-grown varietals. The 2,160 square-foot tasting room includes a wine bar constructed with repurposed wood from a local barn and a 400 square-foot patio overlooking Matchbook’s estate vineyards and the coastal mountain range spanning the western horizon. Surrounded by over 1,200 acres of scenic vineyards, Matchbook Wine Company’s tasting room is a fantastic setting! You will also enjoy a wood-fired pizza buffet from Flour Dust Pizza Co. ( MUST be 21 years old for wine tasting. Please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions/preferences and we will do our best to accommodate these.

Time: Buses will leave Davis at 12:30 pm and 1 pm (or 2 pm if sufficient interest, TBA) with several bus options to return (~35 min each way). The event at Matchbook Winery will run from approx 1 pm-4:30 pm (several bus options, last bus leaving the winery at 4:30 pm).

Cost: $35 per person (covers transportation, wine-tasting and wood-fired pizza buffet; non-alcoholic drinks can be selected in place of wine-tasting)

Beer Tasting with Prof. Charlie Bamforth


Enjoy a beer tasting and learn about the chemistry of beer at the Mondavi Food & Wine Institute on campus ( with world-renowned beer expert, Distinguished Prof. Charlie Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch endowed professor of malting and brewing science ( Anyone who may have seen Charlie before at an ACS event will know that this is a unique and potentially once-in-a-lifetime experience! Bamforth’s research interests are malting and brewing, specifically “wholesomeness of beer, including studies on the psychophysics of beer perception, on polyphenols and on the residues from non-starchy polysaccharide digestion that constitute soluble fiber and potential prebioticsin beer. Research in the laboratory also embraces the enzymology of the brewing process, foam stability, preventing oxidation in wort and beer and alternative paradigms for beer production ( You will also enjoy light refreshments (i.e. heavy appetizers) along with the beer tasting. MUST be 21 years old to attend this event. Please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions/preferences and we will do our best to accommodate these.

Time: Tours of campus brewery from 4-5:30 pm (sign-up details for tours TBA), refreshments starting at 5 pm, beer-tasting and lecture with Charlie from 5:30-6:25 pm in the Sensory Theatre.

Cost: $45 for students (>21y) and $50 for non-students (covers beer-tasting and heavy appetizers)

Olive Oil Tasting

Wednesday, June 28

Tour and olive oil tasting at Séka Hills Olive Mill & Tasting Room (

Time: The bus will leave Davis at 1:30 pm and return at 5:30 pm (~45 min each way). The events at Séka Hills will run from 2:30-4:30 pm.

Cost: $35 per person (covers transportation, tour and tasting)

Kayaking at Lake Tahoe

Monday is no longer available: SOLD OUT

Sunday, Monday and/or Thursday, depending on number of people interested (minimum number required). MONDAY SOLD OUT
Visit Lake Tahoe and go kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding in the crystal clear waters. Family friendly! Location will be at either Baldwin Beach or Pope Beach. No experience necessary! Minors 12 and under MUST be accompanied on the water by a parent/guardian 18 years of age or older. This can be on single kayaks, paddleboards or double kayaks.
Time: Buses/Vans will depart at 12:00 pm (on sunday and/or monday) or 12:30 pm (on thursday) immediately following the morning session and a box lunch will be provided. Lake Tahoe is approx 2h each way, but definitely worth it! Please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions/preferences for the box lunch.

Cost: $80 per person depending on number of people and 1h vs 2h kayak rental (covers transportation, box lunch, and 1-2-hr kayak or paddle board rental). Sign-up may be possible on the day of the event, but lunch will not be provided. Pricing for non-kayakers interested to visit Lake Tahoe (Baldwin Beach or Pope Beach) can also be arranged.

Sudwerk Brewery Tour & Beer Tasting

Tour the local Sudwerk Brewery (approx 2 miles from campus) and get a tasting flight complete with all beers on tap at the Dock store. Sudwerk Brewery is a small brewery located in Davis, CA that often features experimental beers made with UC Davis brewing classes. MUST be 21 years old for beer tasting, but the taproom is kid and dog friendly! Enjoy playing (or watching your kids play) giant jenga or giant connect-four outside the brewery while you are tasting your beers.
Time: Taproom hours are Tues-Thurs from 4-8 pm on and Sunday from 2-6 pm. Tours must be arranged in advance, but beer tasting is available anytime the taproom is open (

Cost: $15 per person (in advance for tours + tasting, but tastings can also be arranged directly at the taproom anytime the taproom is open; transportation is not included)

For questions about activities and to sign-up, please contact Prof. Annaliese Franz,


(no prearrangements necessary, unless a group wants to arrange a tour):