A fine wine is a lot like a graduate career, where patience and perseverance are needed to reach that pinnacle moment when a wine matures to its peak or a student reaches that point of graduation.
Beginning in 2011, Zach took up the hobby of wine making and established his winery : Patience & Perseverance. From 2011-2013, Zach has produced over 400 bottles of wine consisting of 22 different varieties. To pass on the knowledge of wine making to others, Zach has chosen to include this into the learning experience of his research lab.
Heiden Group Tradition : Upon joining the Heiden group, a student will be able to select a particular wine variety that they are interested in. A postdoctoral fellow will be able to choose a dessert or white wine (average aging time 1-2 years), while a graduate student will have their choice of red wines (average aging time 3-5 years). A postdoctoral fellow will begin their wine soon after joining the research group and graduate students will begin their wine at the start of the spring semester (usually early January). They will help start it and bottle it, with the option of doing all of the steps in between. The wine kit will make roughly 30 bottles, where the student fills five splits (375 mL bottles), two magnums (1.5 L bottles), and about twenty-five 750 mL bottles. Of the 30 bottles that will be made, the student will receive one after finishing bottling (which they can open whenever they want). A split will be opened each year during a group event to monitor the wine’s progress. A dozen 750 mL bottles will be given to the student as a going away gift upon graduation/leaving the group. The two magnums will be served at the student’s going away party, with the remaining bottles being served at future Heiden group social events.
Cole chose an Apple Berry Syrah. The pictures from his wine making experience are available below.
Alex Hanna chose a Pinot Noir. The pictures from her wine making experience can be seen below.
Tanner chose a Black Cherry Pinot Noir. The pictures from his wine making experience can be seen below.
Brena chose an Apricot Riesling. The pictures from her wine making experience can be seen below.
Jacob chose a Chardonnay Semillon. The pictures from his wine making experience can be seen below.
Ian chose a South African Shiraz. The pictures from his wine making experience can be seen below.
Nick chose a California Syrrah. The pictures from his wine making experience can be seen below.
To begin this tradition, KP chose a Black Cherry Shiraz for his wine, below are the pictures from his wine making experience.