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Fundamentals of Modern Wine Chemistry with Clark Smith

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Owensboro Convention Center

501 West 2nd Street

501 W 2nd St

Owensboro, KY 42301

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About the Speaker

Clark Smith

Smith teaches at Napa Valley College, UC Davis extension, and CSU Fresno, where he has a reputation for making complex concepts accessible."
-David Darlington,
Wine and Spirits Magazine

"Over my many years as a wine industry professional I have worked with innumerable master winemakers, but Clark Smith truly stands above them all. He possesses the most comprehensive understanding of the complexities of wine of anyone I've ever known in the business, and his ability to communicate his knowledge to his clients and his students is unparalleled."

-Dr. Stephen Krebs,
Dean, Viticulture and Winery Technology
Napa Valley College

About the Course

Offered from 1986-2008 at UC Davis as an extension short course, this class has consistently received top evaluations from over 3,000 attendees. Its original intention, to summarize the basics of a U.C. Davis Enology education, is now supplemented by emerging postmodern winemaking ideas. Designed to benefit the home winemaker as well as professionals at all levels, the course requires a general knowledge of winemaking basics, but does not demand a formal knowledge of chemistry.

This popular two-day program provides insights into the interplay of chemical reactions that occur in wine and in winemaking, establishing the necessary background for informed decisions on wine processing. This is a course in winemaking theory and practice, and does not provide training in methods of wine analysis.

November 8th (5:00pm Hampton Inn meeting room) - Round table discussion

November 9th (8:00am - 5:00pm OCC East D) - We will summarize freshman chemistry concepts of atomic structure, the periodic table, nomenclature, and polarity and use them to examine the basics about acids (pH vs. TA: an introduction to chemical equilibrium), and consider all aspects of sulfur dioxide in wine (a case study in wine chemistry). Lunch included

November 9th (7:00pm OCC East E) - The Relationship of wine and music with Clark Smith followed by dinner at the Owensboro Conference Center

November 10th (8:00am - 5:00pm OCC East D) - We will delve into crush chemistry techniques, fining, spoilage treatment choices and explore wine’s phenolic structure and reductive properties. Discussions include vine balance, ripeness, fermentation strategies, oxygenation, uses of oak, microbial stabilization strategies, and emerging winemaking technologies. Lunch Included

The course is taught in an interactive format in which questions and comments are welcomed and real world dilemmas are explored. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.


Lunch and dinner are included in the registration cost on November 9th and lunch only on November 10th. There is free breakfast offered at the Hampton Inn.


We have a room block at The Hampton Inn Downtown Owensboro for $109/night. This hotel is directly adjacent to the Owensboro Convention Center. Please book your room by October 11th. We cannot guarantee room rate or avaialblilty after this date.

Hotel address:

Hampton Inn and Suites Owensboro Waterfront

401 West Second Street,

Owensboro, KY 42301

Hampton Inn Website


Free transit via trolley is available if you would like to visit local attractions in the downtown Owensboro area. The trolley runs from 10:00am-10:00pm Mon-Wed. and 10:00am - midnight Thurs.-Sat. and makes stops every 20 minutes. One of the troley stops is at the Hampton Inn. For other stop locations and information please visit their website.

Owensboro Transit Downtown Trolley


We have limited space for this event so please register asap.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes. Participants must be 21 or older.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is limited free parking at the convention center and on street parking in the area. Please plan extra time for parking if you are not staying at the Hampton Inn. If you are a guest of the Hampton Inn parking is free and adjacent to the conference center.

Free trolley transit is also available for the downtown area : Owensboro Transit Downtown Trolley

What can I bring into the event?

Bring the course materials that you received in the mail and any wines that you wish to have evaluated.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

email: patsy.wilson@uky.edu phone: 859-494-1657

What's the refund policy?

We cannot offer partial or full refunds once you are registered.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes but please have the registrant details available at conference check-in.

** We are able to offer this course at a reduced rate through funding from the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council and support from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and the Kentucky Agrculture Development Board.

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