The Secret Life of Spirits

The Secret Life of Spirits

What are spirits? How are they made?

Join us for a new series in the Science & Business of Wine, Spirits and Beer family: The Secret Life of Spirits, from the Notre Dame College of Science and Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business in collaboration with the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine & Food Science at University of California, Davis. The Secret Life of Spirits is co-sponsored by Notre Dame Family Wines, YoungND and Notre Dame Senior Alumni.

The first virtual event in this series will be held at noon ET on Thursday, November 17, 2022 and will feature Ron Runnebaum ’96, a chemical engineer from the Robert Mondavi Institute at UC Davis, and Notre Dame Professor Ken Kuno, a physical/materials chemist who teaches the science of fermentation and author of Introductory Science of Alcoholic Beverages: Beer, Wine, and Spirits. We will begin this series of conversations with an explanation of how spirits are made using science, engineering and technology. Subsequent sessions of The Secret Life of Spirits will focus on various types of spirits including:

  • Tequila, Mezcal and Agave-based spirits
  • Vodka, Rum and Gin
  • Whiskey (Scotch, Irish, American including Bourbon)
  • Grape-based brandies (Cognac, Brandy, Pisco, Armagnac, Grapa)

Want to take the party home? For each of the 5 series, a Giveaway Prize will be awarded to a series registrant drawn at random. Each Giveaway Prize will include:

  • Notre Dame Family Wines Wine Carrier
  • 2 Notre Dame Family Wines Bottle Stoppers
  • 1 night at Morris Inn Notre Dame (black out dates apply)
  • 1 dinner for 2 (black out dates apply) at Rohr’s at the Morris Inn Notre Dame
  • ThinkND embossed hardcover notebook and pen
  • A set of Notre Dame coasters
  • and more!

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Series Description

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Format Length Title Speaker
Article Meet the Faculty Ken Kuno, University of Notre Dame
Article Meet the Faculty Ron Runnebaum '96, UC Davis
Article Introductory Science of Alcoholic Beverages: Beer, Wine, and Spirits
Article Additional Resources
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