Who should attend
This certificate is ideal for wine enthusiasts, restaurateurs and hoteliers, wine distributors and retailers, professionals who entertain clients, aspiring hospitality professionals, and anyone looking to increase their knowledge of wine.
About the course
Interested in developing a more nuanced appreciation of wine?
In this certificate program, guided by renowned wine expert Cheryl Stanley, you will expand your knowledge of wines from the four major wine-producing regions of the United States: California, Washington, Oregon, and New York.
You’ll begin your journey by exploring wine tasting and evaluation techniques to identify distinct aromas and flavors in wine. With this foundation, you’ll have the opportunity to discover each region’s own unique history and landscape, connecting flavor profiles to the geographic features and production factors that influence them. You’ll also learn to interpret wine labels in order to confidently navigate a wine list, select better wines from each region, and pair food with wine successfully.
Your experience will culminate with an at-home wine-tasting experience. During this event, you’ll be able to observe how people interpret different wines and compare your expectations and perceptions of wine, from grape to glass.
This program is intended for use by persons of legal drinking ages under the relevant applicable laws where they reside. The purchase of wines is required to enjoy the highly experiential nature of this course.
The courses in this certificate will equip you to…
- Describe the process of making wine and its components
- Evaluate wine using sight, smell, and taste in order to make informed decisions and recommendations
- Select wines from California, Washington, Oregon, and New York with confidence
- Identify grape varietals used to make wine by sight, flavor, and aroma
- Pair wine with food appropriately
- Store and serve wine appropriately based on the type and style of wine
This certificate has 3 online courses requiring ~45 hours to complete.
In this certificate, students are asked to purchase 2 bottles of wine with guidance from their instructor in order to conduct a tasting. Students who are unable to purchase wine do have the option of completing the assignment as a hypothetical exercise.
- Experiencing Wines of California, New York, and the Pacific Northwest
- Grape Varietals of California, New York, and the Pacific Northwest
- Wine Essentials
Participants who successfully complete all three courses will earn a Certificate in Wines of California, New York, and the Pacific Northwest from the Cornell Hotel School.
Cheryl Stanley is a lecturer in food and beverage management at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA). She has been involved with food since the age of ten, when she started her own chocolate business, "Cheryl''s Chocolates." Following her interest in food, she attended SHA and graduat...
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