Scope and Content
Arrangement of the Collection
Language of Material:
University of California, Davis Library, Dept. of Special Collections
Title: Maynard A. Amerine Papers
Amerine, Maynard A. (Maynard
Identifier/Call Number: D-060
74.4 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1926-2008
Date (bulk): 1935-1996
Abstract: Maynard A. Amerine (1911-1998) was Professor of Viticulture and
Enology at the University of California, Davis. He was an author, lecturer, bibliographer, and consultant on wine matters.
The collection includes correspondence, teaching files, research, and writing on grape growing, wine production and sensory
evaluation. Also present are copies of Amerine's speeches, travel diaries and itineraries, collected foreign and domestic
wine labels, menus, photographs, and memorabilia.
Physical Location: Researchers should contact Archives and Special Collections to request collections,
as many are stored offsite.
Maynard A. Amerine (1911-1998) was Professor of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California, Davis. He was
born in San Jose and spent his childhood on his family's farm near Modesto, California, where he attended school with Ernest
and Julio Gallo. In 1935, while still completing his doctorate, Amerine became UC Davis's new Department of Viticulture and
Enology's first official researcher. He became a full professor in 1952 and chaired the Department of Viticulture and Enology
from 1957 to 1962. Amerine retired from the department in 1974, but remained active in teaching, public speaking, and travel
until his death in 1998. Amerine's sixteen books and hundreds of articles remain foundational texts in the study of wine
making and sensory evaluation.
Awards and achievements:
1962: All-University Lecturer
1964: University of California, Davis, Faculty Research Lecturer
1967: American Society for Enology and Viticulture Merit Award
Andre Simon Prize by the London Wine and Food Society (for
Wine, an Introduction )
Croix d'Officier du Order National du Mérite Chevalier de Mérite Agricole
Wine Spectator's Distinguished Service Award
1989: Wine Man of the Year
(Wines & Vines)
Borg, Axel. "Maynard A. Amerine" (https://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/bioag/collections/vitic/amerine.php) Accessed 28
Kunkee, Ralph, Dinsmore Webb, and Vernon Singleton. "Maynard A. Amerine, Viticulture and Enology: Davis." In Memoriam,
University of California. 1998.
O'Neill, Molly. "Maynard Amerine, 87, California Wine Expert." New York Times, March 12, 1998
(http://www.nytimes.com/1998/03/13/us/maynard-amerine-87-california-wine-expert.html) Accessed 28 January 2016.
Scope and Content
The Maynard A. Amerine Papers document Amerine's lifelong career in viticulture and enology. The collection includes
Amerine's teaching files, research, and writing on grape growing, wine production and sensory evaluation, as well as his
correspondence with publishers, researchers, and enologists around the world. Also present are copies of Amerine's speeches,
travel diaries and itineraries, collected foreign and domestic wine labels, menus, photographs, and memorabilia.
Additional materials related to Amerine's work may be located in the Department of Viticulture and Enology Records,
Arrangement of the Collection
The collection is arranged in ten series: 1. Biographical Materials; 2. Correspondence and Notes; 3. Teaching and Research
Files; 4. Travel Itineraries and Diaries; 5. Writings; 6. Speeches; 7. Subject Files; 8. Menus and Wine Labels; 9.
Photographs; and 10. Realia.
Collection is open for research.
This finding aid is a work in progress. It currently covers Series 1-6 and Series 8: Biographical Materials,
Correspondence and Notes, Teaching and Research Files, Travel Itineraries and Diaries, Writings, Speeches, and Menus and Wine
The collection was processed by Liz Phillips with help from student assistants Kelley Liang, Monica Doan, Fiona Sun, Ana
Rodriguez, Megan Peterson, Alina Nalyvayko, Dana Aros, and Alicia Josey.
Gift of Maynard Amerine, Amerine family and friends, and the Napa Valley Wine Library, 1972-2017.
[Identification of item], Maynard A. Amerine Papers, D-060, Archives and Special Collections, UC Davis Library, University
of California, Davis.
All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for
permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is
not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Wine and wine making
Wine -- Sensory evaluation
Wine -- Selecting and serving
Amerine, Maynard A. (Maynard Andrew),
1911-1998 -- Archives
University of California, Davis -- Faculty -- Archives
University of California, Davis.
Department of Viticulture and Enology -- History
Wine Institute (San Francisco,