2023 Wine Chemistry Workshop - Ashtabula, OH

2023 Wine Chemistry Workshop - Ashtabula, OH

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

8:30 – 8:45: Welcome and Overview of Chemistry Lab
8:45 – 11:45: Chemistry Session 1

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

11:45 – 12:45: Lunch (provided)
12:45 – 2:30: 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

2:30 – 2:45: Break
2:45 – 4:30: Continue with pH, TA, Brix, N2 discussions and titrations
Day 2

8:30 – 10:30: Chemistry Session 3

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

10:30 – 10:45: Break
10:45 – 12:00 noon: 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)

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


Kent State University - Ashtabula campus
3300 Lake Road West
Ashtabula, OH 44004


We have a block of rooms reserved at the Lodge and Conference Center at Geneva-on-the-Lake. The negotiated rate for these rooms is $209/night. (It is peak wine industry season.) If you would like to book at the Lodge, you can do so online by following these directions:

Instructions for Making Online Reservations:

  1. Use this link: BOOK NOW!
  2. Update your Check-in and Check-out dates if needed.
  3. Group Rate Available: 10/20 & 10/21 only
  4. * Group Code: OGN102023KSUA
  5. Click the ‘Book Now’ button for the room type you prefer.
  6. To see more room types, click on the ‘View More Rooms’ text at the bottom.
  7. Fill in your information. (At this time, the card you enter will be charged for the first night stay plus applicable taxes and fees.)
  8. Click Submit and watch for your confirmation email!
  9. CODE EXPIRES: October 13, 2023.

Please Note:

  • Group Block Reservations are available online via our website.
  • If traveling outside of the contracted blocked dates, make a reservation online with this code for the dates available.  Then call your sales manager direct at 440-415-1527 to extend your stay!
  • There are limited rooms in the group block and reservations are first come, first serve.


Click here (Select Wine and Must Workshop)to register for the workshop.  Registration REQUIRED for all attendees.

Contact name: Lori Lee
Phone: 440-964-4309
E-mail: llee5@kent.edu
Admission price: $200 per person. No charge for VESTA students currently enrolled in VIN 268

Location: 3300 Lake Road West, Ashtabula, OH 44004