Chemistry of Wine Tasting & Fundraiser


Cheers to science!

Cheers to wine tasting!

Enjoy both! (seats limited – last year sold out)

Proceeds benefiting science, technology, engineering & math education (STEM)


“Chemistry of Wine” Tasting & Fundraiser

Join us for an entertaining and educational evening with expert wine educator and chemistry professor, Dr. J. Ernest Simpson. Explore the whys and hows of your favorite wines with this structured lecture and wine tasting. Whether you’re the experienced oenophile or the wine lover “in waiting,” this event is sure to be a pleasure for all. Proceeds support our nanoscience STEM education programs.

The lecture will include an overview of wine and wine making and more detailed descriptions of the chemical composition of grapes and wine, laboratory methods for analysis of grapes and wines, sensory and organoleptic methods used for wine, the role of tannin and other phenolic compounds in wine, and some potential health aspects of wine.

Combined with the lecture is a “component and varietal analysis”. During the component analysis, the audience will be given a reference wine sample with known levels of components such as acid, sugar, alcohol, etc. and then “unknown” samples in which one or more components have been increased by a known increment. During a varietal analysis a representative number of white and red wines will be compared.

Who Should Attend

K-12 STEM Education Supporters, Thought-leaders, Wine Enthusiasts, Science Enthusiasts, Interested members of the general public, Professionals and Entrepreneurs from all industries, Service Providers, Academic Faculty and Students.

Professor J. Ernest Simpson, Ph.D.

Dr. J. Ernest Simpson
Dr. Simpson joined the Chemistry Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in 1968 after completing his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. (organic chemistry) at the University of New Mexico and spending one year as a visiting chemistry professor at Pomona College. In 1973-74 he was on leave as visiting research associate in the Department of Enology and Viticulture at UC/Davis.

He is an active member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture and has served on the editorial review board for the Society’s journal. He has published a California wine guide. He is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and the American Wine Society.

At Cal Poly he developed industrial chemistry and cooperative education courses/programs. He was the Director of Cooperative Education for Cal Poly (1980-2001). His research interests are in the areas of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon-13-labeled compounds, and phenolic compounds, especially in grapes and wine. At Cal Poly he has been selected for exceptional merit service awards including the 2013 Provost’s Award. In 1996 he was selected as the outstanding advisor in the College of Science, and his co-op program was chosen as the best in California.

He is a member of ACS (San Gorgonio past chair and current councilor), California Association of Chemistry Teachers (program chairman and southern section president, 1985-87), and California Cooperative Education Association (president 1996-97). He was selected as an ACS Fellow in 2012, and serves on the ACS National Local Section Activities Committee.  Dr. Simpson was named as an ACS Fellow in 2012 and in 2013 received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Service at Cal Poly Pomona.


Early Registration Fees

General Public – $45.00
Academia – $35.00

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Onsite Registration Fees

General Public – $55.00
Academia – $45.00




Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served – 21 and older

Location Information:

Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear LLP
12790 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
TEL 858-707-4000

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