Professor David Block
“The endowment will provide seed money for trying out new research and technology development ideas in winemaking,” Block said. That includes the design of new fermenters, effects of filtration on sensory and chemical properties of wine, automated cleaning equipment, and new cleaning chemistries.
Block has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, and since 1996 has held a joint appointment in viticulture and enology as well as chemical engineering and materials science at UC Davis. Funding from the Gallo Chair has supported Block’s research addressing critical issues in winemaking, which includes the development of new technologies that have the potential to increase the economic and environmental sustainability of the industry.
Professor Block received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the UC Davis Academic Senate in 2008. In July of 2011, he was appointed the viticulture and enology department chair as well as the Marvin Sands Endowed Chair, positions he continues to hold.