Wine Judge to Know
Cornell University Wine Microbiology Researcher and Undergraduate Educator
So you want to be a wine judge? Kathleen Arnink has a day job that many of us can only dream about and try to understand. Wine Judges Corner had the chance to catch up with Kathleen at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in Cloverdale and talk about all things wine and judging and more.
Kathleen Arnink Bio
Kathleen Arnink is an experienced wine microbiology researcher and undergraduate educator. She teaches in the Viticulture and Enology Program in Cornell University’s Department of Food Science, where she has developed courses for the new viticulture and enology major. She also coordinates internship opportunities in the wine industry and works to provide research experiences for students.
Kathleen previously worked as a research associate in wine microbiology with Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York. Her research specialty was the microbial ecology of yeasts and bacteria found in wine. Through her work at the Station, Kathleen acquired practical winemaking experience, both with small research lots and through collaborative studies with commercial wineries in New York. In addition, she gained extensive exposure to both commercial winemakers and the unique winemaking issues of the Finger Lakes region and she completed research towards her Ph.D. Kathleen has also developed and taught courses in evolutionary biology, genetics, microbiology, and enology at Wells College in Aurora, New York.
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