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Faculty and Staff

  • Christian Butzke

  • Enology Professor
  • butzke@purdue.edu
  • (765) 494-6500
  • Purdue University
  • Department of Food Science
  • Nelson Hall of Food Science, Room 1261
  • 745 Agriculture Mall Drive
  • West Lafayette IN 47907-2009

Christian Butzke specializes in wine making (enology).
He provides expertise about:

  • Establishing and designing wineries
  • Practicing fermentation and resolving fermentation issues
  • Rectifying off-odor and haze issues
  • Making blending decisions and preparing bottles
  • Sanitizing wineries
  • Advising about equipment and supplies

  • Bruce Bordelon

  • Viticulture Professor
  • bordelon@purdue.edu
  • (765) 494-8212
  • Purdue University
  • Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
  • Horticulture Building, Room 307
  • 625 Agriculture Mall Drive
  • West Lafayette IN 47907-2010

Bruce Bordelon specializes in viticulture (growing grapes).
He provides expertise about:

  • Establishing and designing vineyards
  • Managing vineyards
  • Identifying and managing pests
  • Evaluating new varietals
  • Advising about equipment and supplies

  • Jill Blume

  • Enology Specialist
  • blume@purdue.edu
  • (765) 494-1749
  • Purdue University
  • Department of Food Science
  • Nelson Hall of Food Science, Room 1251
  • 745 Agriculture Mall Drive
  • West Lafayette IN 47907-2009

Jill Blume specializes in enology (wine making).
She provides expertise in:

  • Coordinating the Indy International Wine Competition
  • Conducting wine grape workshops
  • Experimental winemaking
  • Wine appreciation
  • Wine analysis
  • Lab proficiency testing

  • Jeanette Merritt

  • Marketing Director
  • jkmerritt@purdue.edu
  • (765) 496-3842
  • (800) 832-WINE
  • Purdue University
  • Department of Food Science
  • Nelson Hall of Food Science, Room 1243
  • 745 Agriculture Mall Drive
  • West Lafayette IN 47907-2009

Jeanette Merritt specializes in wine marketing.
She provides expertise in:

  • Making media contacts
  • Coordinating events
  • Setting up tasting room
  • Advising about direct sales
  • Shipping compliance
  • Developing publications

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Not sure who to talk to?

Contact Jill Blume:
blume@purdue.edu
(765) 494-1749