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One Night Benefiting Two Programs

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger   | Photos by Don Perry 

The Pink Palace Museum recently overflowed with guests attending the fourth annual Science of Wine, sponsored by Bluff City Land Rover. From the main floor to the upper-level mezzanine and the ballroom in the mansion, vendors invited attendees to taste wines of every hue and flavor from around the globe.

“Thanks to generous donations from some of Memphis’ most iconic restaurants and West Tennessee Crown Distributing Company, people were able to enjoy wine and food pairings that brought out the best flavors in local cuisine,” said Luke Ramsey of the Pink Palace Education Department. “There really is a science to making wine. Many people enjoy their wine, but know little about the wine-making process and what makes certain wines match up better with different types of food.”

With plate and souvenir wine glass in hand, guests sampled a selection of wines and tasted cuisine from a Who’s Who of popular Memphis restaurants including Alchemy, Andrea’s Cooktales, Babalu, Bounty on Broad, Café Society, Char, Ecco, Erling Jensen, J. Brooks Coffee, Las Tortugas, Rizzo’s, Strano by Chef Josh, Tom’s Tiny Kitchen, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Wolf River Popcorn. Also folks had the opportunity to talk to wine experts, attend mini-lectures and learn through experience by engaging in wine-themed activities.

Dr. Kim Brien and Dr. Dana Horgen, assistant professors from the Department of Chemistry at Rhodes College, drew a crowd as they demonstrated their process of using liquid nitrogen to flash freeze wine — making their wine-based version of “Dipping Dots.”

In addition to the tasting stations, guests were offered the opportunity to take in previews of several light shows, as the Pink Palace showed off its new laser equipment in the AutoZone Dome Sharpe Planetarium. Operator Dave Maness explained that the museum’s full dome laser system “was the first of its kind off the assembly line” and that after a 12-year hiatus, the laser light shows were again fixtures in the offerings of the museum. There was also a Prize Pull for either a bottle of wine or a gift certificate from an area restaurant, and a roulette wheel with various prizes from Southland Park Gaming and Racing. 

“We come to this event every year,” said Tammy Jordan. “It’s a chance to try new wines and have a good time with friends while showing support for the museum system.” 

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