In this episode, we chat with Ben Eyer and discuss some of the science behind the winemaking industry!
Ben attended Allegheny College and ultimately graduated with a BS in Chemistry and Spanish. During his undergraduate study, he studied Spanish in Seville, Spain for a semester, and completed summer research internships in medicinal chemistry at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA as well as in total synthesis at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After his graduation from Allegheny, he continued his chemistry studies at the University of Pittsburgh where he worked for Dr. Peter Wipf on several medicinal chemistry projects using peptide mimetics and small molecules for the inhibition of biologically interesting targets. While at Pitt, he completed an online certificate program in Winemaking through the University of California-Davis Extension. After he graduated with his MS in Organic Chemistry, he completed harvest internships at Viña Santa Carolina in Totihue, Chile, Frank Family Vineyards in Calistoga, CA and Trisaetum Winery in Newburg, OR. He currently works as a cellarhand at Rex Hill Vineyards and A to Z Wineworks in Newburg, OR.
His book suggestions:
- Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck, and the Revenge of the Terroirists
- Rainbow Six (A Jack Ryan Novel)