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.

In this course, you will explore the history of viticulture and winemaking in Spain and Portugal. By analyzing the unique geographic features within the countries, you will gain insights into the many factors that impact which grape varieties are grown and the characteristics of the wines produced. You will also consider the many styles of wines from these countries and prepare to read and interpret wine labels to select wines to meet a desired experience, sparking discussion and engagement for you and your guests.

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

  • Wine Essentials

This course may not physically take you to Spain or Portugal, but, through the process of selecting, tasting, and sharing wines, your taste buds may believe you've been there.

In this course, you will select two to five wines from the countries of Spain and Portugal to share in a wine event. To prepare, you will research the wines and wineries to determine what information to share with your guests. You will then be guided through the process of thoroughly preparing a virtual or in-person wine-sharing event, including how to determine which foods to pair with your wines and which glasses would best showcase your wines, as well as how to obtain others' opinions of the wines. This learning experience is sure to challenge your palate, create conversation, and encourage your study of wines from your region and beyond.

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 Spanish and Portuguese Wines

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