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FD 96 W — Exploring Wine’s Connection to Place and Culture: Stories in a Bottle

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 17—Feb 24
Refund Deadline: Jan 20
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $420
Instructor(s): Karen MacNeil
Limit: 200
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Flex Online(About Formats)
Jan 17—Feb 24
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 20
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Karen MacNeil
More than any other beverage in civilization, wine moves us intellectually, sensorially, and emotionally—it compels us to want to know more about it. In this course, through interactive tastings and discussion, we’ll examine the ways in which wine is powerfully connected to culture, history, language, and nature. We’ll consider the question of what makes great wine great. We will see and taste how a wine expresses the culture and time in which it was made. When we turn to the senses, we will delve into wine’s capacity to move us emotionally. We will examine the concept of terroir and understand why some places (France) see it as the foundation of viticulture while others (Australia) do not. By comparing the works of wine writers, we’ll explore whether wine can be judged objectively, consider our own subjective assessments, and grasp why language so often fails us when we try to describe wine. By the end of this course, we will have tasted wines from around the world and come to see wine in a new, holistic way. We’ll understand why a binary “I like it/I don’t like it” approach misses the richness wine has to offer. And by expanding our knowledge of wine through the lenses of many different disciplines, we’ll increase the pleasure we get from every wine we drink.

Students should expect to purchase one or two bottles per week for wine tastings. Purchase details will be available upon registration.

Wine Consultant and Writer; Creator and Chairman, Emeritus, Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies, Culinary Institute of America

Karen MacNeil is the author of The Wine Bible and editor of the newsletter WineSpeed. She was the host of the PBS series Wine, Food & Friends. The former wine correspondent for Today on NBC, MacNeil has received a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine & Spirits Professional of the Year, a Louis Roederer Consumer Title Writer of the Year award, and an International Wine & Spirits Communicator of the Year award.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Karen MacNeil, The Wine Bible, 3rd Edition (ISBN 978-1523510092)