Chemistry of wine: Alumni wine tasting

Chemistry of wine: Alumni wine tasting

Chemistry of wine: Alumni wine tasting
Friday 25 September 2020, 6.00pm to 7.30pm BST
Friday 25 September 2020, 6.00pm to 7.30pm BST
  • Dr Alex Thom hosting a wine tasting
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Theme: 
Art and culture, Science and technology

There’s a lot of chemistry in winemaking. In addition to alcohol, acidity and water, wine is made up of hundreds of different volatile molecules which vary from year to year, grape to grape, wine to wine. The joy of chemistry is that we can play with some of these elements in a controlled fashion. 

Dr Alex Thom will take participants on a chemical journey through three very different wines, showing them a simple experiment they can do at home to discover how acidity affects flavour, and explaining why bubbles are so crucial to the success of Champagne. 

A list of wines and ingredients to have on hand will be published in the course material.

See the Eventbrite listing for more information and to book your place

Speakers

Dr Alex Thom

Trinity Hall 1999
Dr Alex Thom

Dr Alex Thom is a University Lecturer in Theoretical Chemistry in the University of Cambridge, as well as being a Fellow of Girton College and Director of Studies in Chemistry at Magdalene College. His research interests are in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, specializing in method and software development. 

Dr Thom is also a keen oenologist. 

Booking information

Bookings can be made via Eventbrite

Booking for this event will close on Friday 25 September 2020, 12.15pm BST.

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Contact

Events Team
Email: 
festival@alumni.cam.ac.uk
Tel: 
+44 (0)1223 332288