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The information in this, and other sections, complements the material in Australian Winemaking. Australian Winemaking provides a broad overview of the basis for winemaking processes and outlines the techniques necessary for making sound wine, while ‘Chemical analysis of grapes and wines: techniques and concepts’ provides the information for conducting many of the analyses required throughout the winemaking process.

Introductory concepts and techniques

  • Health and safety awareness
  • Laboratory glassware/equipment/chemicals
  • Solutions, standard solutions, and terms and units of measurement
  • Calibrating laboratory equipment
  • Validating and checking analysis methods
  • Calculations
  • General formulae for calculations

Analytical techniques

  • Use of the pipette
  • Use of the burette
  • Preparation of a standard solution from a solid or liquid
  • Preparation of a standard solution from a solution
  • Standardisation procedures
  • Preparing and checking the concentration of sodium hydroxide solutions

Authors

Patrick Iland OAM

Patrick Iland OAM

Dr Patrick Iland (BAppSc, MAgSc, PhD) has been involved in wine education for over 35 years. He is a former Senior Lecturer at The University of Adelaide, Australia. Patrick has taught and researched in the areas of wine chemistry, viticulture and sensory evaluation. His research focused on the effects of viticultural practices on grape and wine quality and wine sensory properties. He, along with colleagues, developed the ‘berry colour ’ measure — a measure widely used in the viticulture industry for determining the colour of black grapes. Although retired, he retains his connection with the University as a Visiting Research Fellow. He is a past winner of the Stephen Hickinbotham Memorial Trust Award (for his research on Pinot Noir grapes and wines) and the Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in Teaching awarded by The University of Adelaide. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the Australian wine industry. Patrick has a strong interest in and commitment to education. He and his wife Judith conduct a publishing business specialising in educational wine books.


Nick Bruer

Nick Bruer

Nick has degrees in Chemical Engineering from The University of Adelaide and in Wine Science from Charles Sturt University. He worked for 12 years as an oenologist and technical services specialist with The Australian Wine Research Institute, before leaving to concentrate on his winemaking career. He joined Orlando Wine in 2001, where he is currently Senior Red Winemaker.


Greg Edwards

Greg Edwards

Greg has an Honours degree in Chemical Technology from the University of South Australia. He worked as a chemist and laboratory manager with the Yalumba Wine Company for over 17 years in the areas of laboratory quality management and methods development. Greg is currently the laboratory manager at Vinpac International.


Eric Wilkes

Eric Wilkes

Eric has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Newcastle. He has been Group Chemist at the Wolf Blass Winery, Global Manager Analytical Services with the Foster’s Wine Group and National Technical Manager with P&N Beverages in Sydney where he had responsibility for new product development, product QA and compliance. He is now Group Manager Commercial Services at The Australian Wine Research Institute.


Sue Caloghiris

Sue Caloghiris

http://www.bibber.com.au

Sue Caloghiris is the CEO of Bibber International Pty Ltd and has been involved in the wine industry since 1984. Her first position was as a Laboratory Technician in a winery lab. From there she spent 14 years at the Australian Wine Research Institute as Manager of the NATA-registered Analytical Service. She is a co-author of Patrick Iland’s Chemical Analysis of grapes and wines and has authored many practical articles on lab analysis for journals in Australia and the USA. She has also been on the Committee of the Interwinery Analysis Group for 16 years and now runs the Secretariat for this Group.