Sip, savor and support the mission of Orlando Science Center!

7th Annual Science of Wine

Save the Date! – April 29, 2017 | 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Uncork your inner sommelier, and scientist, at one of Orlando’s most unique wine and food events. The Science of Wine presented by Southern Glazer’s Wines and Spirits takes you through a tour of your wine—literally. Experience the science behind the taste and body of your favorite wines while dining on hand-selected pairings provided by some of Orlando’s best restaurants. Ready your mind, and palate, for a night of wining, dining, and learning.


Purchase Tickets
Your attendance supports the Orlando Science Center’s Mission!

Purchase by April 2, 2017 and save!

Early Bird: $110

Member: $100

General: $125

Seminars and Cooking Demos: $20 each

Tickets include all food and wine tastings. Cooking Demos and Seminars are available at an additional cost and require admission tickets to the Grand Tasting. Must be at least 21 to attend. Please drink responsibly.


The Science of Wine Experience:

  • Tuscany, Napa, Bordeaux – Sample more than 150 wines from the world’s major regions
  • Learn more about your wine through presentations from culinary educators
  • Refine your palate and learn to taste like a pro with Julie Pepi at the Science of Wine Idol
  • Dine on decadent pairings from around Orlando
  • … and learn why it all taste great together with Swine and Sons Provisions Cooking Demo
  • Take part in an opportunity to put down the glass and hold up a number – Bid in our silent auction!


Food Partners


Swine & Sons Provisions Cooking Demo

7:30–8:00 p.m., 8:15–8:45, & 9:00–9:30 p.m.
Three demos are available in Dr. Dare’s Lab at listed times, limited seating is available for $20 per person.

Have you ever wondered why your favorite Cabernet compliments a grilled steak so perfectly, or which white wine would be best with the seafood dish you’re preparing? How do cooking methods impact the flavor of foods and help us determine which wines to serve? We’ll explore the science behind some classic food and wine pairings and discover what works, what doesn’t, and why, in this interactive food and wine tasting demo hosted by Swine & Sons Provisions.


Wine Seminar: Science Of Wine Idol

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Limited seats available; $20 per person

Have you ever wondered or wanted to learn how to judge wines? Well, this is your chance!

At this year’s Science of Wine seminar you will have the pleasure of learning how to taste and judge wines like the experts! The seminar will be hosted by Julie Pepi, CSW Director for Fine Wine in Florida for Trinchero Family Estates. Come sit, sip, judge and learn the different and amazing ways the professionals judge the wines of the world. At our judging seminar, you will be blind tasting and judging 3 red wines and 3 white wines. Exercise your senses and expand your wine knowledge to a whole new level!

Disclaimer: We suggest that you refrain from heavy perfumes or colognes (this includes lotions as well), no smoking or coffee at least 1 hour before seminar. We will be providing a glass of sparking champagne prior to the seminar to cleanse your palate. These suggestions are only made to ensure the maximum palate reaction to the wines and a successful tasting.



The Science of Wine raises critical funding in support of the Orlando Science Center’s mission, a 501(c)(3) organization. These funds are used to advance educational programs and provide the opportunity for children to explore the wonder and excitement of the Science Center.

Early bird tickets for $110 on sale through April 2, 2017. General admission tickets are $125, with members receiving a discounted rate of $100.

The event is expected to sell out again this year so book your tickets early! We look forward to seeing you.


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


Planning Committee

Many thanks to the 2017 Science of Wine Planning Committee!

Co-Chair: Sara Brady, Sara Brady Public Relations
Co-Chair: Joe Durso, Community Based Care of Central Florida and Orlando Science Center

  • Elba Arroyo, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits
  • AR Bonilla, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits
  • CJ Bosco, US Legal Support
  • Emily Ellyn, Retro Rad Celebrity Chef
  • Alexia Gawlak, Swine and Sons
  • Joanne Grant, Mills 50 District
  • Willis Jones, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits
  • Burt Miller, Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits
  • Joel Padilla, Platinum Chef
  • Kristine Thomas, Welli and Welli Desserts
  • Vance Guthrie, Cool Breeze Bartending
  • Lindsay Winter, ColeDev, LLC
  • Carson Byrnes, CB Developments

Thanks to the hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm of the Science of Wine Planning Committee, the Science of Wine has become one of our most anticipated events. We appreciate their commitment, and thank them for making this year’s event a success. If you would like to join the team for our 2018 event, please contact Angela Mendolaro at


Please download the Sponsorship Packet for potential opportunities as to how you can be more involved with this spectacular event.

Sponsorships are available. Please contact Sara Haight at 407.514.2233 or

2017 Science of Wine Sponsorship Package

190.31 KB | December 28, 2016


Food partnerships available. Please contact Helen Tillem at 407.514.2290 or

Food Partner Commitment Form

1.10 MB | February 2, 2017



Presenting Partner




Chardonnay Sponsors



Cabernet Sponsors







In-Kind Sponsors



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