home-wine-maker and UCSC professor takes his "hobby" public. Phil
is a professor of chemistry at UCSC's Department of Chemistry
and Biochemistry, a noted expert in marine sponges. As part of
his curriculum, he also teaches a course titled, Introduction
to Wines and Wine Chemistry.
Phil says his goal in life is to combine his love of winemaking
and his university work with sponges. He notes that the wetsuit
he brings along for sponge-foraging expeditions serves three purposes:
1) it protects him from things poisonous or venomous, 2) it keeps
him warm, and 3) it's ideal for transporting four bottles of his
Pelican Ranch wines to the expedition site - a bottle in each
arm, a bottle in each leg.
It's this light-hearted nature that makes Phil a popular winemaker
in our region.