*About me


I’m a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University.  When I came to Ithaca, I promised myself that I would take this unique opportunity to learn as much as I could about wine in the heart of the 3rd biggest wine-producing state in the US.

Under the tutelage of some smart dudes in the newly created Program in Enology and Viticulture, I’ve learned some of the basics of wine science and winemaking.  These enologists taught me that a little understanding of microbiology and chemistry can go a long way towards demystifying the world of wine.  

There is so much more to know, though, and I haven’t even scratched the surface.  That’s why I invite you, fair reader, to come along with me on an enological journey through the Finger Lakes and beyond.

Published on 12 January 2009 at 5:51 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Dear Tom:

    I just discovered your site through Lenndevours. I really enjoy the chemistry aspect you provide. There are so many wine blogs popping up yet so few that offer anything new. Yours is a breathe of fresh and interesting air. Thanks!

    Chris Stamp
    Lakewood Vineyards

    • Chris,
      Great to hear from you. It’s great to have winemakers reading and especially commenting. I hope to get to the west side of Seneca for a proper wine tour sometime soon.

  2. […] at work:  Tom Mansell, V&E alumnus, Chemical Engineering PhD student at Cornell and wine blogger recently contributed […]

  3. Thank you for discussing the scientific aspects of wine and wine production. I really like your recent article at Palate Press about Malolactic Fermentation.

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