(Alchemist = Al + Chemist) WEBSTER'S DEFINITION OF ALCHEMIST: A practitioner of alchemy--the chemistry of the Middle Ages, the chief aims of which were to change the baser metals into gold and to discover the elixir of perpetual youth.

The Alchemist is Dr. Alexander (Al) J. Pandell who has been collecting wine and teaching a university-level introductory wine course for over 20 years. Al earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Stanford University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. Dr. Pandell is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at California State University, Stanislaus and has been a Visiting Professor at Stanford University,the University of California, Berkeley, and St. Mary's College of California. The Alchemist's Wine Perspective brings you reliable wine information and reviews from the perspective of a scientist through discussion of timely topics, fresh opinions and a unique system of wine review. Dr. Pandell has developed a new system for describing and reviewing wines that provides a better way to communicate variations in tasting and the appreciation of wines. The system, called "CNFATE" (pronounced SIN-FATE), is presented on this web site. All opinions expressed in this publication are those of Dr. Pandell.

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