Memphis Museum of Science and History to Host Science of Wine Event

Uncork your inner sommelier – and your inner scientist. The Museum of Science and History (MoSH) will host the seventh annual The Science of Wine event on September 9.

This is not your normal wine tasting. Yes, you will be able to taste amazing wines – around 40-50 will be poured. But this event is organized by the Education Department of MoSH (formerly the Pink Palace), and they couldn’t help but turn it into a fun and educational evening.

“The science of wine is truly a feast for your palate,” says John Mullikin, educational instructor for MoSH. “Fans of science, wine, and the Memphis food scene will all experience something new, from discovering new varietals to learning about the winemaking process to finding a new favorite chef.”

Taste and learn at MoSH's Science of Wine event on September 9, 2022.

At this 21+ event, guests can sample food from local restaurants and wines from wineries across the country while learning which wines pair best with which foods and why. As you sip, learn some of the fundamental components of wines, 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 things they might not yet know about wine,” said Nicole Bexten, trade marketing manager for the fine wine portfolio at Tennessee Crown.

Bexten explained that the Tennessee Crown team works with participating chefs to best pair the wines with the dishes offered.

“It’s also a palace experience,” she said. “There’s that magical moment where you’re enjoying food and wine together and you’re like, ‘I didn’t realize how good this bite could be.'”

Take a look under your microscope to study wine cells at MoSH's Science of Wine event on September 9.

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 and Wolf River Popcorn.

Alchemy has participated five times. This year, he will offer Truffled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Crispy Capers.

“I really enjoy working with the people at MoSH. John Mullikin has always been supportive of us and we want to show them our support,” said Nick Scott, chef and owner of Alchemy. “Plus, it’s a great museum, and I really want to see it grow.”

VIP ticket holders will not only have early entry to the event, but will also have specialty dining experience at Memphis restaurants Erling Jensen, Farm and Fig, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Phillip Ashley Chocolates and Vanelli’s Deli.

Farm and Fig owner Dino Grisanti said he was delighted to be part of The Science of Wine for the second time.

“As history buffs ourselves, we are pleased to support the museum’s dedication to providing science and history to all students in our community,” Grisanti said.

He will be serving his popular chicken and sausage gumbo at the event.

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VIP ticket holders will also be offered a new experience this year. “It’s new this year,” said Jared Bulluck, MoSH’s director of development. “VIP guests will be able to blend their own wine to take home.”

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The event ticket includes talks and other fun wine-related activities. In addition to recorded explanations of each wine, customers can participate in entertaining educational activities from 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. Designated driver tickets are $45.

“The best part is that proceeds will benefit the Museum of Science and History’s community engagement department, providing free, low-cost science and history education to thousands of area students,” Mullikin said. .

Jennifer Chandler is the food and restaurant reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer.

The Science of Wine at MoSH

When: 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 9 (VIP admission begins at 6 p.m.)

Where: The Museum of Science and History, 3050 Central Ave.

Tickets: Tickets are $85 for general admission and $125 for VIP admission. Designated driver tickets are $45.00.

On line: moshmemphis.com

Joseph K. Bennett