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UBCO researchers dive into the science of wine

KELOWNA - Understanding the nuances of a great pinot noir isn't just about swishing, swirling and imbibing all day — but it helps.

UBC Okanagan professors Susan Murch, Wesley Zandberg and Daniel Durall have studied the grape from the ground to the glass and are presenting an overview of their research projects in conjunction with the B.C. Pinot Noir Celebration, taking place at the Okanagan campus Aug. 17.

These UBC researchers will delve into topics, including the yeast associated with pinot noir grapes, the chemistry and terroir of Okanagan wines, and ways to predict smoke taint on grapes and prevent it before fermentation.

In conjunction with research presentations, the BC Pinot Noir Committee will offer educational sessions on pinot noir and other varietals, a salon-style wine tasting, dinner, dance and keynote presentation from Madeline Puckette, author of Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. 

“UBC’s Okanagan campus is committed to research and education that supports development of the B.C. wine territory," Gino DiLabio, dean pro tem with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences said in a press release. "We are delighted the organizers have chosen to host the BC Pinot Noir Celebration at our campus."

To sign up for the free UBC-sponsored session, or buy tickets for the Pinot Noir Celebration events, go here.

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