SUR LIE TECHNIQUES – When handled properly aging wine on the lees can give it more mouthfeel, body and aromatic complexity. But you need to know the right ways to take full advantage of this traditional French technique of keeping your wine in contact with the lees. Learn the proper strategies and what wines will benefit most from this time-honored technique from Chik Brenneman, Winemaker and Winery Manager at UC-Davis.
CHIK BRENNEMAN is the Winery Manager and Winemaker for the University of California at Davis. He is responsible for supporting the teaching and research winemaking activities. In any given harvest he will make wine from over 50 different varietals. Chik also writes the “Varietal Focus” column in every issue of WineMaker magazine. Prior to coming to UC–Davis he worked as the Production Lab Manager for Woodbridge Winery in Lodi. He has worked as cellarmaster for both Amador Foothill Winery and Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley after receiving his Master’s Degree in Enology in 1998.