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Amerine Maynard

The American physiologist, oenologist, publicist and university professor Maynard A. Amerine (1911-1998) was named after the American in 1935 prohibition (1920-1933) revived viticulture department at the University of California appointed (which he later headed from 1957 to 1962). He started by analyzing numerous European (of which he imported hundreds from Spain, Italy, France and Greece) and American grape varieties and created an extensive herbarium (which after him Dr. Harold P. Olmo completed). He also worked intensively on the re-education of winegrowers, as knowledge had largely been lost during the dozen-year ban on alcohol.

Amerine subsequently specialized in the study of grape varieties for the best possible suitability for different climates. In this context, he supported the scientist Albert J. Winkler (1894-1989) in the development of the climate zone system in California (look there). He was particularly active as a publicist of over 400 articles on numerous wine topics such as wine review. fermentation, Wine analysis and vinification and contributed significantly to the quality improvement in California and American viticulture. The book “Wine: An Introduction for Americans”, published in 1965 (together with co-author Vernon L. Singleton), is one of the standard works. Amerine retired from university in 1974.

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