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Memphis’ Museum of Science & History to host Science of Wine event


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

This is not your normal wine tasting. Yes, you will get to taste some amazing wines — around 40 to 50 will be poured. But this event is being put on by the education department of MoSH (formerly the Pink Palace), and they couldn’t help but turn it into a fun — and educational — night.

“The Science of Wine is truly a party for your palate,” says John Mullikin, education 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 wine-making process to finding a new favorite chef.”

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

At this 21+ event, guests will enjoy food from local restaurants and wines from vineyards from around the country while they discover which wines pair best with which foods and why. While you sip, learn some of the fundamental components of the 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 on things about wine that they may not know already,” said Nicole Bexten, trade marketing manager for the fine wine portfolio at Tennessee Crown.

Bexten explained the team at Tennessee Crown works with the participating chefs to best pair the wines with the dishes being provided.

“This is a palate experience too,” she said. “There is this magical moment when you taste a food and wine together and you say to yourself, ‘I didn’t realize how great this bite could be.'” 

Take a look though your microscope to study the cells of wine at MoSH's Science of Wine event on Sept. 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, it will serve Truffled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Crispy Capers.

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

VIP ticket-holders will not only have early admission to the event, but will also have a specialized food and beverage experience from Memphis eateries Erling Jensen, Farm and Fig, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Phillip Ashley Chocolates and Vanelli’s Deli. 

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

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

He will serve 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. “This is new this year,” said Jared Bulluck, MoSH director of development. “VIP guests will be able to blend their own wine to take home.”

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The event ticket includes lectures and other fun wine-related activities. In addition to recorded explanations of each wine, guests 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 and low-cost science and history education for thousands of area students,” Mullikin said.

Jennifer Chandler is the Food & Dining Reporter at The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at 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 starts at 6 p.m.)

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

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


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