Building the framework for a lifetime of wine enjoyment, the Foundation Course is designed to provide an in-depth overview of major grape varieties and their regions, in addition to a focused introduction to tasting and sensory analysis. The 6-week course also covers key concepts of grape-growing and winemaking. The goal is to expose students to the impact of climate and soil on a grape’s expression in the glass, in a fun and engaging atmosphere.
Two different curriculums are offered: “Grapes” and “Regions”. Each program takes a different approach to the introductory wine study. Students may enroll in one or both. Each 2-hour lecture is paired with eight wines that best illustrate the evening’s focus.
Students range from beginners with an interest in developing their understanding of wine to individuals who wish to refresh their knowledge before enrolling in the Viticulture & Vinification Course.
Graduates of Foundation
Have a basic understanding of winemaking, grape growing, the major grapes and winegrowing regions
Understand differentiating characteristics of Old World and New World styles
Have confidence in tasting and analysis procedures
Discover a rich and rewarding discipline and often find themselves wanting to learn more
Who should take Foundation?
Beginners with little or no knowledge looking to develop their understanding of wine
Individuals looking for a refresher before more advanced courses
Individuals looking for a fun, relaxed, low-commitment and quiz-free learning experience with high quality information and instruction
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