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.