2022 Wine Chemistry Workshop - Wamego, KS

2022 Wine Chemistry Workshop - Wamego, KS

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 $200 (open to the public - must be 21+ years), $175 early bird through September 20.  

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


456 Wineries
Highland Community College - Wamego
503 Miller Drive
Wamego, KS 66547


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Manhattan has dozens of hotels from which to choose.  Here’s a link to the Manhattan CVB with a hotel list: https://www.manhattancvb.org/hotels/


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

Contact name: Scott Kohl
Phone: 785-410-7500
E-mail: skohl@highlandcc.edu
Admission price: $200 per person ($175 per person EARLY BIRD Registration if paid by September 20.) No charge for VESTA students currently enrolled in VIN 268

Location: 503 Miller Drive, Wamego, KS 66547