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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Fresno, abbreviation for California State University, Fresno, in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, where over 65% of California wine grapes are grown. In 1997, it became home to the first licensed, bonded winery in a university in the US. The Department of Viticulture and Enology was formed in 2001. Students receive a very practical education, and expertise is required in both disciplines. The university has extensive vineyards for all aspects of grape production. Students make all wines produced from San Joaquin grapes, by Fresno State Winery, many of them award-winning.