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Curtin to speak on geology’s role in wine

Tara Curtin, HWS Assistant Professor of Geoscience, will speak on the Geology of Wine in the Finger Lakes, starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 in the Finger Lakes Institute Classroom. The public is invited.

The history of our landscape offers good explanations as to why the Finger Lakes region offers prime land for growing grapes. By studying the thickness, texture and color of each layer of sediment present in several local vineyards, Curtin and many HWS students have learned much about the area’s geological history.

She will discuss some of the physical factor such as the position of ancient shorelines and deltas that influence the character and quality of wine.

This evening presentation will demonstrate the importance of understanding the physical environment as one essential element of the “terroir” of the Finger Lakes region.

Registration is requested by calling ext. 4382 or e-mailing