2019 Wine Chemistry Workshop - MSU, Springfield, MO

2019 Wine Chemistry Workshop - MSU, Springfield, MO

Presenter - Dr. Barry Gump is the first holder of the Harvey R. Chaplin Eminent Scholar’s Chair in Beverage Management at Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In this position he is developing new graduate and undergraduate beverage classes to expand the offerings of the Beverage Management curriculum. Dr. Gump is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Emeritus Adjunct Professor of Enology at California State University, Fresno. He has had a long association (over thirty years) with the wine industry, conducting research in analytical methodology applied to grapes, juices, and wines.


Day 1

8:00 – 8:15: Welcome and Overview of Chemistry Lab
8:15 – 11:15: Chemistry Session 1

  • Malolactic Fermentation: Monitoring by Paper Chromotography
  • Soluble Solids: Determination by Refractometry
  • Soluble Solids: Sugar per Berry by Refractometry

11:15 – 12:15: Lunch (provided)
12:15 – 2:00: Chemistry Session 2

  • Hydrogen Ion Concentration: pH Meter Measurement
  • Titratable Acidity: Titrametric Procedure & Nitrogen: Estimate of YAN by Formal Titration
  • Sugars: Reducing Sugars by Visual Rapid Estimation

2:00 – 2:15: Break
2:15 – 4:00: Continue with pH, TA, Brix, N2 discussions and titrations
4:00 – 5:00: Break
5:00 – 6:00: Dinner

Day 2

7:45 – 8:00: Coffee
8:00 – 10:00: Chemistry Session 3

  • Ethanol: Ebulliometric Analysis
  • Sulfur Dioxide: Aeration/Oxidation
  • Distillation and Titration Procedure

10:00 – 10:15: Break
10:15 – 11:30: Chemistry Session 4

  • Sulfur Dioxide: Ripper
  • Titration Procedure
  • Acetic Acid: Steam Distillation of Volatile Acid Using Cash Still

Price: Cost is $225, $180 early bird through October 18.  

Additional discounts: Multiple participants from one winery - $50 for each additional person signed up from same winery, vineyard, or household.


Karls Hall, Lab 106
Missouri State University
901 S. National
Springfield, MO 65897


There are numerous hotels and Bed and Breakfast options in the vicinity of Missouri State University, including:

University Plaza Hotel
333 John Q Hammons Parkway
Springfield, MO, 65806

Phone:(417) 864-7333

Holiday Inn Express
1117 E. St. Louis Street
Springfield, MO 65806

Phone: (417) 862-0070


Click here to register for the workshop.  Registration REQUIRED for all attendees.

Contact name: Cassandra Clark
Phone: 417-837-2513
E-mail: CassandraLClark@missouristate.edu
Admission price: $225 per person ($180 per person EARLY BIRD Registration if paid by October 18.) No charge for VESTA students currently enrolled in VIN 268

Location: Karls Hall, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO 65897