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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.

Taken as a whole, Italian wines are dynamic and offer a wide variety within the different growing regions of the country. 

In this course, you will explore the history of viticulture and winemaking in Italy and analyze the unique geographic features of the regions and how they impact the various wines. You will also read and interpret wine labels to select wines to meet a desired experience.

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

  • Wine Essentials

It is wonderful to learn and study wines, but your journey is best completed once you experience the wines.

In this course, you will consider the wine-producing regions located within the four geographic zones of Italy and select two to four wines to share in a wine event. You will be guided through the process of selecting, sharing, and obtaining others' opinions about the wines you choose. You will deepen your understanding of Italian wines and hopefully be encouraged to continue learning. Because each part of the course project must be completed in order, we recommend you review all the project pages before you start the course to plan your time accordingly.

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

  • Wine Essentials
  • Foundations of Italian Wines

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