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WKCTC Science Seminar to Discuss Wine Production in Western Kentucky

A free science seminar on April 9 at West Kentucky Community and Technical College will discuss the merging of agriculture and chemistry in the production of wines in western Kentucky.

Tom Curtsinger, a wine producer and active member of the Kentucky Winegrowers Association, will present "A Sip of Science" on Wednesday, April 9 beginning a 11 a.m. in Waller Hall, Room 112. The seminar is free and open to the public.

"While Kentucky may be best known for its bourbon, there is also a prospering wine industry across the state," said Curtsinger. The Kentucky Winegrowers Association is a network of professional and amateur winegrowers who share their knowledge and experiences, from growing the grapes to making the wines and celebrating their results with an annual wine competition.

Curtsinger currently grows four acres of viniferous grapes on his Fancy Farm property. His wines have won medals at both regional and international competitions. "The basis for what I see and understand about growing grapes and making wine is chemistry. I use chemistry to help me develop and polish the quality of the wines I produce, said Curtsinger. "I have gained a new understanding and appreciation for science."

In addition to his viticulture interests, Curtsinger is also a WKCTC instructor of safety and industrial maintenance. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree in agriculture, with specializations in agricultural mechanical engineering, animal science, and agricultural education from Murray State University.

For more information about the seminar, contact Dr. Karen Hlinka at (270) 534-3236 or