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Credits breakdown

Course # Course Title Credits
WINE1100 Introduction to Wine 3
WINE1201 Food and Wine Pairing 3
WINE1500 Old World Wines and New World Wines 3

Total Credits: 9


About this program

The Wine Studies program provides training for a variety of occupations in the hospitality and food service industry as well as for in-home social settings. Students enrolling in this program learn to study wine varietals and styles with specific attention to their food compatibilities and will be involved in extensive tasting of wine and food while focusing on the specific elements of interaction between the two. Discover creative ways to improve menu and wine list compatibilities. Explore the best equipment for professional wine service, including glasses, ice buckets, corkscrews and more. Explore the characters of the world's top classic varieties and review their histories and food compatibilities with classical wine varietals. Acquire a comprehensive wine vocabulary using professional terms and learn to describe your sensory impressions and evaluation of a wine in words. The program requires the ability to work as part of a team and communicate well with others. Tact, courtesy and a pleasant personality are important, as are a keen sense of taste and smell.

Program outcomes

1. Explore and understand the wine making process from growing to bottling.
2. Develop senses to evaluate wines.
3. Evaluate wines using proper terminology.
4. Eplore, taste, and examine the histories of classical wine varietals of the world.
5. Identify and compare wines from around the world and locate the regions where they were produced.
6. Examine wine labels and understate country / government guidelines.
7. Understand food and wine components and guideline that affect food and wine pairing.
8. Serve wines following professional sommelier standards for each type of wine classification.

Program accreditation

The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.