Denise M. Gardner
Penn State University

Enology Extension Associate

As enology extension associate Denise offers educational support for the Pennsylvania wine industry, offering winemaking workshops on topics such as wine defect identification, wine sensory evaluation, winemaking basics, wine taste and flavor manipulation, research winemaking, and winery sanitation. Additionally, she spends time visiting wineries throughout Pennsylvania and aiding them with production questions. Denise started growing wine grapes at in high school, when she was just 16 years old, and spent those years following viticulture extension programs and working for local wineries. She graduated from Penn State’s Food Science program with a minor in Horticulture and earned her M.S. in Food Science and Technology, with an emphasis in enology from Virginia Tech. Her graduate research with Dr. Bruce Zoecklein focused on the use of electronic nose technology for volatile analysis in grapes, juice, and wine. Following graduate school, Denise worked in Napa as Enartis Vinquiry’s Sensory Scientist, assisting wineries with specific wine sensory studies and conducting in-house evaluations on enological products. In 2013 Denise obtained the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) accreditation from the Society of Wine Educators, and earned her Level 3 certification from the Wine and Spirit Educational Trust (WSET) in 2015. In 2016, Denise was elected as the Chair-Elect for the American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) – Eastern Section organization.

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