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4th Annual Science of Wine

May 10, 2014, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Join us for a night of wine and gourmet food! The Science of Wine is a unique wine and food tasting with an educational twist. Over 150 of the finest wines from all of the major regions of the world will be represented. Local gourmet restaurants and caterers will also be present to pair the wines with a variety of delectable dishes.

This is a unique event that offers a chance to celebrate and network with others who enjoy the culture of wine. We look forward to seeing you!



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Member Tickets: $70
General Public: $85

Tickets now available. Last year’s event sold out, so plan on purchasing your tickets early!



Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Information

2013 Science of Wine was a sell-out event. ,If you or your business would like to partner with the Orlando Science Center at Science of Wine, sponsorship opportunities are available from $2,000 to $10,000. All levels of sponsorship include tickets to this highly sought after event as well as various levels of promotional benefits. Science of Wine provides a well-defined audience that allows a sponsor to realize positive ROI for its sponsorship investment.

Heartfelt thanks to Akerman returning for the fourth consecutive year to be the Presenting Sponsor and Southern Wine & Spirits, also, returning for the fourth consecutive year to be our Wine Sponsor. If you’d like to join these organizations and businesses committed to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational initiatives in Central Florida, please contact Kathy Lopus at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2013 Sponsors:
SOW 2013 Sponsors



Planning Committee

Thanks to the commitment, enthusiasm and leadership of the Science of Wine Planning Committee, the Science of Wine has become one of the more popular events in the Science Center’s calendar.  If you’d like to network with a hard-working but fun-loving group of professionals like yourself, please contact our Committee Chair, Dawn Luttrell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Auction Donations

A highlight of the evening is an extensive array of auction items available to the highest bidder! If you would like to have a presence at the Science of wine by donating an auction item, we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Lindsay Barry at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Learning About Wine

While we are pleased and proud to enjoy over 150+ fine wines from Southern Wine & Spirits and partner with a vast range of culinary treats from Orlando area restaurants and caterers, our guests tell us that what makes Science of Wine completely unique is Orlando Science Center’s educational programming about Wine! All the educational content is engaging, hands on and interactive. So, enjoy, wine, dine and learn about the Science of Wine!


Wine & Learn Stations:


These are casual, self-propelled stations located in Our Planet, Our Universe where our Education Partners from Tim’s Wine Markets (Orlando, Windermere & Lake Mary) will guide you through the classic Bordeaux and Meritage varietals. Taste each varietal (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec), hear about the unique attributes of each varietal and, then, taste how they all blend together to make a well-balanced, interesting and delicious Meritage red wine blend.


“Meritage” Seminar:


Luis Torres, Director Education, East Coast/Americas cordially invites you to an event that has rarely been conducted with consumers in the United States:

A master blending of “single barrel, single vintage, single vineyard” examples of the 5 noble Bordeaux varietals. The Orlando Science Center in conjunction with Napa Valley’s Franciscan Wine Estates has arranged for a limited amount of these wines to be flown in for this event. 

During this unique demonstration you will have the opportunity to be the winemaker and learn how the Bordeaux varieties work on their own and as a part of a finished luxury cuvée. At the end of the program your cuveé will be tasted next to Janet Meyer’s (Winemaker at Franciscan) estates Meritage.

We hope you enjoy this presentation on how blending Bordeaux varieties demonstrate that… “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”


This year, to ensure that guests attending the seminar also have plenty of time to enjoy the Grand Tasting, we have scheduled the seminar as follows:

  • 4:45p.m. Check-in & registration, Founders Room, Level 3.
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Seminar 
  • 6:00 – 6:15 p.m. Open session for questions
  • Adjourn for Grand Tasting

To register for the Meritage Seminar, you need to have purchased your ticket for Science of Wine or be a confirmed guest of a Science of Wine sponsor. For reservations, please call our Reservations Office at 407.514.2112. A $10 registration fee applies.

Science of Wine Seminar has always been a sell-out event, so be sure to make your plans early!


Please note that this event is for guests 21 years of age or older. Valid government issued identification will be required. Please drink responsibly.


Terroir is the term used to classify everything that happens to the grape naturally. This includes the geographical region, soil, and the weather. Terroir is a French term meaning land and is a major determining factor is the quality of the wine. For some wines to be in best quality, the grapes must be harvested in what most people might say are harsh environments. This is called the “Struggling Vine Theory”. You might think that growing grapes in cold environments or in limestone gravel wouldn’t be ideal but for some grapes this is the best environment.

The location of the vineyard can affect the whole grape production. The soil composition, exposure to sun, and the climate can change the quality of the wine produced. Sometimes even within the same vineyard, depending on the sun position and other factors, a difference can be seen in the grapes produced.

When looking at grape harvesting it is important to keep in mind that there are many factors that go into even the growing of the grapes. If you want to learn about the difference that terroir makes on growing grapes and making wine, sign up for the Appellations Can you Tell the Difference seminar at the Science of Wine on May 14.  Utilizing Google Earth, the participants will visit four California vineyards and taste the wines that come from those vineyards.


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Smell is our strongest sense and in wine tasting this becomes dominant. The smell can change the whole experience. It is crucial to know what to look for when you smell a good wine and the technique required to do so. Smell is an uncontrollable sense so it is only natural that this can change the taste of anything including wine. Each grape variety has its own distinct smell characteristics. One can also pick up some of the winemakers techniques when they know what they are looking for. For example, if a Chardonnay is fermented using oak chips to add more flavoring, the smell is quite different from a Chardonnay without oak additives.

Smell is something that occurs without training but with a little bit of attention to details one can learn how to master the art of smelling. Before smelling, it is crucial to swirl the glass of wine. This will allow the smells to open up and become more distinct. Try smelling the wine before swirling and try to notice the difference. When you have learned how to smell using these basic techniques you will begin to pick up on the subtle and strong differences between the wine varieties.

Want to see for yourself how much smell effects taste? Try the jelly bean experiment. Take a jelly bean without knowing the color. Plug your nose then put the jelly bean in your mouth. You will be able to tell that it is sweet and know the texture but not much more than that. Then unplug your nose. Did you notice the change in flavor? Now you should be able to tell what flavor the jelly bean is without a doubt. Surprised how much smell goes into the tastes. Now you might see why it is so important to smell the wine before tasting to get the full experience of what you are enjoying.



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