The Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science (GTI) and the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI) are jointly hosting “The Great Debate: Discussion on Tea and Wine” at UC Davis.
The fifth GTI colloquium is a two-day event beginning 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 through Friday Jan. 17 at the UC Davis Conference Center in Davis, Calif.
Attendance is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended at gti2020.eventbrite.com.
A schedule of speakers and panels will delve into the history and various attributes of tea and wine — considering site, terroir and appellations, sensory aspects, aesthetics and collecting, and developing markets. Speakers include experts from France, Germany, Indonesia and Japan as well as Brown and Cornell universities.
Special events include an enactment on Thursday of the Tang dynasty text, the Debate between Tea and Alcohol (Cha Jiu lun) by members of the Theatre and Dance Ensemble, at 10 a.m.
There will also be an exhibition titled: Old Traditions, New Trends: Tea and Wine in Japanese Art, at the UC Davis Conference Center.
• “Collecting Tea: A Conversation” – by James Norwood Pratt, author of The Tea Lover’s Companion, and Roy Fong, founder and proprietor of San Francisco’s Imperial Tea Court, the first traditional Chinese teahouse in America.
• “Collecting Wine” — by Jim Gordon, editor-at-large of Wine Business Monthly, contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast.
• “Site, Terroir, and Appellations – Tea” – by Fitrio Ashardiono, UC Davis visiting scholar and senior researcher at Asia-Japan Research Institute, Ritsumeikan University – Osaka Ibaraki Campus.
Other activities include networking, company showcases and beverage samples. Attendees will be comprised of students, scholars, members of the international tea and wine industries, and the general public.
Katharine Burnett, GTI founder and associate professor of art history and expert in Chinese art and culture notes “in the charming Tang dynasty text, the Debate between Tea and Alcohol, tea and alcohol have long been recognized as ‘social beverages.”
“Few, however, know that they have many other important similarities, such as site/terroir, chemistry profiles, sensory aspects, and collecting, Burnett continued. “By collaborating with the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, this year’s annual GTI colloquium brings the two beverages together for stimulating discussions over two days.”
Andrew Waterhouse, director of RMI at UC Davis said, “the institute is pleased to partner with the Global Tea Initiative in support of our joint commitment to elevate the profile of beverage-related research and expertise on the UC Davis campus, and to celebrate the significant roles both wine and tea play in cultures worldwide.”
The Global Tea Initiative focuses on both the culture and the science of tea from its origins in Asia and spreading to almost every continent on the planet. Unique in the world, the GTI fosters research and collaboration across the sciences, humanities and social sciences campus wide to explore the wide-ranging impact of tea on ceramics, gender roles, health practices and more all over the world.
To learn more visit: globaltea.ucdavis.edu
Source: UC Davis