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The Science of Good Taste – Geology, Wine, and Food

Collage includes a cluster of wine grapes, a vineyard and assorted vegetablesMounds of grape seeds in prehistoric caves testify that early people had more than a passing acquaintance with wine. Records of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks also contain observations that certain lands seemed to produce better food and wine than others. This is still true today as adjoining farms may share climate, slope and viticulture, yet produce crops that are vastly different. The simple question is, “Why?” This lecture will address how physical factors affect viticulture and food, examining some food and wine producing areas in France, California, and Washington State.

Time: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 • 7-8pm

Speaker: Larry Meinert

Location: 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20192

Phone:  703-648-4748

Please Note: This event takes place at a Federal Facility — Photo Id is Required

FREE and Open to the Public

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Requests for accommodations (i.e. sign language interpreting) require notice at least two weeks before the event. Please email jcorley@usgs.gov or call 703-648-7770.

The USGS public lectures are held monthly in Reston, Virginia. These evening events are free to the public and intended to familiarize a general audience with science issues that are meaningful to their daily lives. USGS speakers are selected for their ability and enthusiasm to share their expertise with an audience that may be unfamiliar with the topic; speakers are encouraged to thoroughly explain the subject matter and to define any words or terms that may be unfamiliar.

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