How trace elemental analysis provides important insight into wine chemistry

Helene Hopfer, Jenny Nelson, Thomas S. Collins, Hildegarde Heymann, Susan E. Ebeler

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The elemental composition of red wine was studied with inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The impact of storage and packaging as well as the role of geographic origin on the elemental content were shown. While metal content can be related to the location of the vineyard, various aspects of wine making can also influence the elemental composition. For example, we have shown that wine packaging and storage temperature can change the elemental composition of wine after a period of six months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSpectroscopy (Santa Monica)
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy


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