Who should attend
- Wine enthusiasts
- Restaurateurs and hoteliers
- Wine distributors and retailers
- Professionals who entertain clients
- Aspiring hospitality professionals
- Anyone looking to increase their knowledge of wine
About the course
Are you 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. Purchase of wines is required to enjoy the highly experiential nature of this course.
Interested in expanding your knowledge of wines? Whether you're an industry professional or simply a wine enthusiast, this hands-on course takes you on a journey through the winemaking process, from grape to glass. Learning from world-renowned industry experts from Cornell, you will learn to successfully identify the components of wine and how they affect perceptions before exploring your personal palate and conducting sensory evaluation, using sight, smell, taste, and touch. You will explore various wine growing techniques and analyze how geography and climate impact the grape. Finally, you will identify the correct service and storage approaches to use based on the type and style of wine.
This program is intended for use by persons of legal drinking ages under the relevant applicable laws where they reside. Students will need to purchase wine, sugar, and other items commonly found in grocery stores to participate in tasting exercises.
Grape Varietals of California, the Pacific Northwest, and New York
This course will break down the four biggest growing and producing regions in the United States: California, Washington, Oregon, and New York. Each state has its own unique history, landscape and laws. You will explore the history of each region, as well as analyze the unique geographic features of each state and how they impact the wine. You will also read and interpret wine labels to better select wines from each region.
Experiencing Wines of California, the Pacific Northwest, and New York
In this course, your United States wine journey will culminate with a wine tasting experience. You will select and compare wines from different areas of the United States, while exploring how the wine market is set up and how to choose the right foods for your wines. Then you will prepare for a casual, at-home wine tasting, analyzing how different people interpret different wines, how wines differ from each other, and comparing your expectations vs perceptions.
Key course takeaways
- 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 based on the type and style of wine
What you'll earn
- Wines of California, the Pacific Northwest, and New York Certificate from Cornell Hotel School
- 60 Professional Development Hours (6 CEUs)
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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