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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.


The Academy of Wine has grown tremendously from its beginnings in the early 1990s when Steve Hosmer, Director Wine Education West Coast, travelled the country offering wine education seminars. He was joined by Luis Torres, Director of Wine Education East Coast, in 2000 and together they formally created the "University of Wine” and offered education for key accounts and distributors.

In 2002, the Wine Alliance Company was purchased and the "Academy of Wine” was introduced as the new banner for the education team. From 2003 through 2013, the Academy of Wine has enlightened more than 10,000 students annually. Today The Academy of Wine is brought to you by Constellation Wines US.


Luis Torres

Wine Expert: Luis Torres

South American-born, Chicago-raised Luis Torres lends his extensive background in wine supply, distribution, and on-premise roles to the Academy. He studied Food Science and Technology before spending 15 years in the restaurant industry. His experience includes an apprenticeship at Charlie Trotter’s with Master Sommelier Larry Stone, studies with the Court of Master Sommeliers, The Wine and Spirits Education Trust and management and wine buying responsibilities for all of Hilton’s Chicago star properties.


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The second annual Science of Wine on Saturday, May 19 was a tremendous success with over 600 guests enjoying an evening of great food, amazing wine and entertaining, yet informative seminars. Special thanks to presenting sponsor, Akerman; to Southern Wine & Spirits for the tremendous wine selection; and to all of our restaurant partners, sponsors and educators for their generosity.

It was a delectable night for wine, food and learning. More than 100 of the finest wines from all major regions of the world were served, as well as food provided by local gourmet restaurants and caterers. Enjoy this set of photos from the event and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!

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Here’s a Science of Wine segment with Tim Varan from Tim’s Wine Market appearing on GalTime TV. It is airing this Sunday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. on WRDQ Ch. 27.

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Check out what Taverna Opa is bringing to the Science of Wine!

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Not a sommelier? It’s okay, here’s a quick clip on how to taste wine from Tim Varan of Tim’s Wine Market in Winter Park. Tim’s has donated some items to our silent auction, including a wine tasting for 20!

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