Chemistry of Wine

posted: Thu Apr 20 2017 11:00:17

Dr. Ernie Simpson, member of the Society of Wine and American Chemical Society Fellow, presented a dinner to 70 guests of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and the Central New Mexico chapter of the American Chemical society. Guests included UNM alumni, faculty and students. Dr. Simpson presented a chemical overview of wine and wine making as well as detailed descriptions of the chemical composition of grapes and wine, laboratory methods for analysis of grapes and wines, sensory and organoleptic methods used for wine, the role of tannin and other phenolic compounds in wine, and some potential health aspects of wine. Integrated with the talk will be wine samples to demonstrate the different components of wine and wine varieties.