Denise M. Gardner

Winemaking Consultant
Denise Gardner Winemaking, LLC

In the Fall of 2017, Denise Gardner launched a pro-active wine consulting service, Denise Gardner Winemaking. The mission of Denise Gardner Winemaking is to enhance a winery’s production techniques and quality, while providing winemakers and industry professionals with educational tools for their own individual growth. With a virtual focus, Denise is able to consult with industry members throughout the entire U.S. As an enologist, Denise has spent over a decade in the wine production industry, and the last 6 years as Pennsylvania’s enology extension associate at Penn State University.

Denise’s passion and enthusiasm for wine began at the age of 16 where she started growing wine grapes in high school, and spent those early years enrolled viticulture extension programs while working for local wineries. She graduated from Penn State’s Food Science program with a minor in Horticulture in 2007 and earned her M.S. in Food Science and Technology, with an emphasis in enology from Virginia Tech in 2009. 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, she worked in Napa as Enartis Vinquiry’s Sensory Scientist, assisting wineries with specific wine sensory studies and conducting in-house evaluations on enological products.

After returning to the eastern U.S., Denise was employed by Penn State Extension and focused on wine quality education covering topics such as sensory evaluation, fermentation nutrition, good sanitation practices, and wine chemistry concepts. 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 Education Trust (WSET) in 2015. In 2017, she became the Chair for the American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) – Eastern Section organization, which focuses on providing current and research-driven information to the regional wine industry and providing scholarship for students studying viticulture and enology.

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