“My grandmother taught me how to make wines when I was a teenager, and I’ve since made wines for my family and friends using various fruits, vegetables, and spices. I’ve always wondered why certain things happen in the fermentation process but couldn’t get a complete answer from researching online. This class has taught me the “why” and the science behind it. For example, now I understand how to measure the sugar in fruit and be more precise in how I change my wines to achieve different flavors.”
“The class has gotten me thinking about what I can do in the future. I’m hoping to apply the things I learn in this class to improve my homemade products and possibly turn it into a commercial venture.”
About Mark: After a twenty-year career as Manager of Library Technology Support for the New York Public Library, Mark retired and spends his time in his garden, growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Although he has practical wine-making experience, he sought out the Rutgers program to formally learn about winemaking and the theory behind the process. His ultimate goal is to make and bottle his own wine commercially.