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.

The remarkable variety and exceptional quality of German and Austrian wines may surprise you, but they will not disappoint. To get to know the wines of Germany and Austria, this course sets up a unique opportunity to dive into the contexts, varietals, and characteristics of wines from these regions.

Throughout the course, you will explore the similar wine histories, climates, and geographies of Germany and Austria and consider how they influence the grapes grown and wines produced in these regions. By identifying the varietals grown there, you will draw connections through your evolving expertise and set an exciting foundation for further education on regional wines and their individuality. You will also analyze and discover how to interpret wine labels from these countries to enable you to select wines to experiment with, discuss, and enjoy.

The following course is required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Wine Essentials

One of the best ways to learn is to teach. In the case of wine, one of the best methods of learning comes through sharing.

In this course, you learn by working through the process of planning and hosting a wine-sharing event. You begin by selecting three to five wines from Germany and Austria to share. You are then guided through the process of planning the event (in person or virtually), including determining what information to share about each of the wines and how to serve them. Finally, while hosting the event, you will formulate your own opinions about the wines and learn from the experiences of others. By exploring these wines in this unique course, you will expand your palate, spark conversation, and support your lifelong study of wine.

Because of the steps required to plan and host your event, we strongly recommend you review the project requirements and plan your time accordingly.

The following courses are required to be completed before taking this course:

  • Wine Essentials
  • Foundations of German and Austrian Wines

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