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Science of Wine

Overflowing with Fun

Story by Emily Adams Keplinger  | Photos by Don Perry

It was an evening of wine appreciation as the Pink Palace Museum held its fifth annual Science of Wine event. At the sold-out event, guests had the chance to try new wines and have a good time with friends while showing support for the museum system. 

“There really is a science to making wine,” explained Luke Ramsey of the Pink Palace Education Department. “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, 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.”

Vendors invited the crowd to taste wines of every hue and flavor from around the globe. The wines were offered with cuisine from a Who’s Who of popular Memphis restaurants including Alchemy, Babalu, Bounty on Broad, Capital Grille, Char, Ecco on Overton Park, Erling Jensen, J. Brooks Coffee, K-3 Studio Cafe, Mid-South Malts, Nothing Bundt Cakes, P. O. Press Public House and Provisions, Rizzo’s, Strano by Chef Josh and Tom’s Tiny Kitchen. 

Guests had the opportunity to talk to wine experts, attend mini-lectures and learn through experience by engaging in wine-themed activities. They also had a chance to take a closer look at the role those sciences like geography, chemistry and physics play in how wines taste. Dr. Kim Brien - Chemistry, Dr. Greg Vieira - Physics, and Dr. Catherine Sundt - Spanish, all assistant professors from Rhodes College, put their knowledge into action as they demonstrated their process of using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream out of wine. Tiffany Werne of Pasqua USA offered a contemporary twist on some of the poetic stories behind the culture and wine of Verona at an event called “Romeo and Juliet Apassimento.” In addition to the fabulous food and wine, guests were offered the opportunity to preview several light shows as the Pink Palace showed off its laser equipment in the AutoZone Dome at the Sharpe Planetarium. 

The Science of Wine event was sponsored by Bluff City Land Rover, Party Concepts and West Tennessee Crown Distributing Company, which provided all of the wines. Event proceeds benefited the educational programs at the Pink Palace Family of Museums. 

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