Unleash your inner sommelier and your inner scientist. The Museum of Science and History (MoSH) is hosting its 7th annual The Science of Wine event on September 9th.
This is no ordinary wine tasting. Yes you can taste some great wines – about 40 to 50 are poured. However, the event is being held by his MoSH (formerly the Pink Palace) Education Department and they couldn’t help but turn it into a fun and educational evening.
“The science of wine is truly a party for your palate,” says MoSH Education Instructor John Malikin. “Fans of his scene of science, wine and Memphis food will have everything new to experience, from discovering new varietals, learning the winemaking process, to discovering new favorite chefs.”
At this 21+ event, guests will discover which wines pair best with which dishes and why, as they enjoy dishes from local restaurants and wines from vineyards around the country. As you sip your wine, learn about some of the basic building blocks of wine, including the importance of acidity, fermentation, yeast, carbon dioxide, alcohol, sugar and tannins.
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“I think this event is a great way to educate people about wines that they may not already know about,” said Nicole Bechten, trade marketing manager for Tennessee Crown’s fine wine portfolio.
Bexten explained that the Tennessee Crown team works with participating chefs to best pair the wines with the food served.
“It’s also a taste experience,” she said. “There are those magical moments when you taste food and wine together and say to yourself, ‘I never knew this could be so good.'”
Participating restaurants include Alchemy, Salt | Soy, Tonica, Chicks N Cheese, Elwood’s Shack, J. Brooks Coffee Roasters, K-3 Studio Cafe, Maximo’s on Broad, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Owen Brennan’s, Paradox Catering, South of Beale, Tom’s Tiny Kitchen, Wolf River Popcorn.
Alchemy participated 5 times. This year we offer truffle eggs with smoked salmon and crispy capers.
Alchemy chef and owner Nick Scott said: “Plus, it’s a great museum and I’d love to see it grow.”
VIP ticket holders not only get early entry to the event, but also exclusive food and beverage experiences at Memphis restaurants Erling Jensen, Farm and Fig, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Phillip Ashley Chocolates, and Vanelli’s Deli.
Dino Grisanti, owner of the farm and figs, said he was thrilled to be participating in the science of wine for the second time.
“As history buffs ourselves, we are happy to support the museum’s dedication to providing science and history to all students in our community,” Grisanti said.
He serves his popular chicken and sausage gumbo at events.
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VIP ticket holders will also have a new experience this year. “This is new this year,” said Jared Bulluck, director of development at MoSH. “VIP guests can take home their own blended wine.”
Event tickets include lectures and other fun wine-related activities. In addition to recorded descriptions of each wine, guests can participate in fun educational activities by the biology and chemistry departments of Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, and the University of Memphis.
Tickets are $85 for general admission and $125 for VIP admission. A designated driver ticket is $45.
“The best part is that the proceeds will benefit the Museum of Science and History’s Community Engagement department, providing free or low-cost science and history education to thousands of local students,” said Marikin. .
Jennifer Chandler is a food and dining reporter for The Commercial Appeal. You can reach her at email@example.com and follow her on her Twitter and her Instagram at @cookwjennifer.
The Science of Wine at MoSH
when: September 9, 18:30-21:00 (VIP admission starts at 18:00)
Where: Museum of Science and History, 3050 Central Ave.
tickets: Tickets are $85 for general admission and $125 for VIP admission. Tickets for a designated driver are $45.00.