As an enologist, Denise has spent over a decade in the wine production industry, and the last six years as Pennsylvania’s enology extension associate at Penn State University. In the Fall of 2017, Denise launched her new consulting service, Denise Gardner Winemaking LLC (denisegardnerwinemaking.com), specializing in winemaking and educational consulting services for wine industry professionals.
Denise’s passion and enthusiasm for wine began at the age of 16 when she started growing wine grapes in high school. . 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 scholarships for students studying viticulture and enology. You can follow Denise on social media via Twitter (@DeniseMGardner) or the 2 Facebook pages she manages: Denise M. Gardner and American Society for Enology and Viticulture – Eastern Section.