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Analyzing Resveratrol in Minnesota Wines. Matt Perry Chem 4101 12/4/9. What is Resveratrol?. Resveratrol (3,4,5- N -trihydroxystilbene) is an antioxidant that is found in the skin of grapes. It is found in both white and red grapes but at much higher concentrations in red grapes.

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what is resveratrol
What is Resveratrol?
  • Resveratrol (3,4,5-N-trihydroxystilbene) is an antioxidant that is found in the skin of grapes. It is found in both white and red grapes but at much higher concentrations in red grapes.
  • Resveratrol has garnered much attention for its possible implications in lowering the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) as well as its possible anti-carcinogen properties.
  • CHD is often linked to higher cholesterol diets, however, in France high cholesterol diets have not been accompanied by high levels of heart disease. This “French Paradox” is thought to be explained by the high levels of wine, and thus resveratrol, that are imbibed.

Since U of MN hybrids are relatively new, enological practices are still being tested for the most effective winemaking techniques. A reliable method for determining resveratrol levels associated with different winemaking techniques is needed.


Due to the presence of V. riparia in the U of MN grape cultivars, these cultivars will have higher levels of Resveratrol than V. vinifera cultivars.

why is this important
Why is this important?

If U of MN grape cultivars have higher levels of Resveratrol, this could be used in marketing to boost the popularity & demand on a regional, national and possibly even international level.

alternative methods
Alternative Methods

A variety of detection techniques were used including UV, MS, Fluorescence, Coulometric detection and Electrochemical detection

capillary electrophoresis
Capillary Electrophoresis
  • High separation efficiency
  • Very little sample preperation
  • Fast elution times
  • Relatively low cost per sample
  • Ability to detect multiple flavonoid compounds
  • Low sample volumes
  • Enhanced resolution with MEKC

Beckman P/ACE MDQ

32 Karat 8.0 software

Cost = $40,000


Fused silica capillary, 30 cm x 50 micrometer ID

LOD - 0.1 micromolar

Linear range 0.2 - 100 micromolar

pH = 9.2

Detection - UV, 314 nm (additional filter required)

Temperature - 22 C

Voltage - 25 kV

Resolution = 1.8

experimental design
Experimental Design
  • Select 3 different brands of wine in same vintage made from Marquette and Frontenac grapes. Select three different brands of wine in same vintage made from V. vinifera, preferably from the same area.
  • Concentrate sample via SPE in triplicate using Ethanol/HCl/Ethyl Acetate and reconstitute with buffer solution (75mMSDS,30mMboricacid,30mMdibasicsodiumphosphate,and15%acetonitrile,pH9.2) prior to analysis.
  • Run buffer solution and samples through a 0.5 micrometer filter
  • Rinse capillary with buffer solution prior to sample injection
  • Introduce sample under low pressure, compare elution times to that of an external standard. Co-injection of standard can also be used to verify cis/trans Resveratrol peaks as well as comparison with UV spectrums of standards.
data analysis
Data Analysis
  • Prepare standard solutions of resveratrol ranging from 0.1 micromolar to 100 micromolar.
  • Analyze with CE and plot the known concentrations versus the peak areas or the peak heights.
  • Determine a regression equation for each of these relationships and use the equation that is better correlated.
  • Compare the unknown control sample peak area to standardized curve to quantify resveratrol levels.
  • Because of the tendency for trans-resveratrol to interconvert to cis-resveratrol in short time periods, an external standard curve should be made daily.
  • New grape hybrids developed by the U of MN could have higher levels of resveratrol than those of pure V. vinifera lineage, this could be a boost to marketing.
  • While GC/MS and HPLC are both capable of analyzing resveratrol levels in wine, CE can also complete the task with lower costs and in less time.

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