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FD 01 W — Wine Basics: From Grape to Glass

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Oct 10—Nov 18
Refund Deadline: Oct 13
Unit: 1
Tuition: $395
Instructor(s): Desiree Harrison-Brown
Limit: 55
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Flex Online(About Formats)
Oct 10—Nov 18
6 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 13
1 Unit
Desiree Harrison-Brown
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The world of wine is vast, but it does not have to be intimidating. This course will begin with an introduction on how to approach every glass of wine and give you the vocabulary to speak confidently about different characteristics, including tannin, acidity, sweetness, and alcohol. We will discuss the primary red and white grape varietals and the winemaking process from grape to glass for still, sparkling, and fortified wines. We will also explore the most popular wine-growing regions around the world and the styles they produce. Finally, we will embrace the social aspects of wine by learning about presentation and service, including glassware, decanting, and food pairing. During each class session, students will have the option of practicing and applying their learning through a guided tasting of two wines. By the end of the course, students will feel more confident in their ability to buy, taste, and serve wines for any occasion.

This course includes optional wine tastings. Students will spend approximately $160–$200 to purchase the wines.

Wine Educator

Desiree Harrison-Brown is a certified Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 wine educator. She has experience in wine marketing and sales and has represented global brands as a national wine ambassador. She has been featured in Wine Enthusiast and is a wine instructor at the Napa Valley Wine Academy.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.