The American physiologist, oenologist, publicist and university teacher Maynard A. Amerine (1911-1998) was named after the American in 1935 prohibition
(1920-1933) revived viticulture department at the University of California
(which he later directed from 1957 to 1962). He began his work analyzing numerous European (of which he imported hundreds from Spain, Italy, France and Greece) and American grape varieties and created an extensive herbarium (which, according to him, Dr. Harold P.). Olmo
completed). Likewise, he worked intensively on the re-education of viticulture operators, because the knowledge was largely lost during the more than a dozen years of alcohol prohibition.
Amerine subsequently specialized in the examination 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
, Wine analysis and wine making and contributed significantly to the quality improvement in California and American winemaking. The 1965 book "Wine: An Introduction for Americans" (together with co-author Vernon L. Singleton) is one of the standard works. Amerine retired from the university in 1974.