Show Me the Honey: Two UC Davis Events

Honey is the soul of a field of flowers.

It's also been called "the nectar of the gods."

"The bee hive is the ultimate home sweet home," says Amina Harris, director of the UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute.

If you want to learn more about honey, be sure to sign up for one or both of the Honey and Pollination Center's upcoming virtual events, one in September and the other in October.

The schedule:

Honey Sensory Workshop
This is a "one-day immersion into the complex world of honey," Harris says. "Each student will be guided through tastings and discussions laying the groundwork to understand the variety and nuance of honey." Master presenters are master taster and Italian Certified Expert Honey Taster, Orietta Gianjorio and Harris, who is not only the director of the center but an educator and the co-owner of Z Specialty Food, LLC, Woodland. They know their honey.

The course will cover all the basics through lectures and tastings including:

  • Sensory evaluation and descriptive analysis
  • Mono-varietal honeys
  • Crystallization
  • Defects

Registration closes Oct. 1. The cost is $160. More information is here.

Sips and Bites: The Hidden World of Honey

 This event is part of the Sips and Bites series, "which explores the stories behind foods and drinks with winemakers, brewers, and culinary innovators with tastings and conversations about what inspires them to make their wines, beers, and foods," said Harris, who will serve as moderator. Registration is underway.

Trevor and Claire Tauzer, founders of Sola Bee Farms, Woodland, will discuss how sustainable beekeeping is key to the future of agriculture. They will elaborate on what goes into making honey from a single floral source and yield information about the taste.

Trevor Tauzer, beekeeper and general manager of Tauzer Apiaries/Sola Bee Farms, created Sola Bee Farms in 2011 to sell the family's varietal honey directly to customers. He grew up beekeeping with his father, and following his graduation from UC Santa Cruz, returned to beekeeping in 2008.  Trevor says he enjoys running his second-generation family business with his wife Claire, and teaching their 3.5 year old and 1-year-old about honey bees.

Claire Tauzer is the community outreach and brand manager of Tauzer Apiaries/Sola Bee Farms. A former high school teacher, she applies her educational background to help communicate and promote the importance of professional pollination and the benefits of local varietal honey. Sola Bee Farm's Wild Blackberry honey won a Good Food Award in 2019. 

Registrants are asked to order a special three-pack of Sola Bee Farms honey (cost is $30) by Wednesday, Sept. 2 to ensure arrival by Wednesday, Sept. 9. (See more information)