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Who: Professor Ann Noble
What: She taught enology at the University of California for nearly 30 years. Many of her pupils are now among the best winemakers in the US.
Over 28 years at the University of California, Davis, professor Ann Noble taught the science of flavor and aroma to thousands of enology students. Many of her pupils are now among the best winemakers in the US. “She was a force of nature, a take-no-prisoners professor and a don’t-waste-my-time lecturer,” says Celia Welch, winemaker for Napa’s Scarecrow and her own Corra label. “Anyone who thought a university course in wine tasting would be a cakewalk clearly hadn’t met Dr. Noble.”