Wine Studies Certificate Series Launches - Humboldt State Now

Wine Studies Certificate Series Launches

If you’ve ever harbored dreams of becoming a sommelier, making wine from your own grapes, or building a successful wine brand, HSU’s College of eLearning and Extended Education has developed a four-part intensive seminar series with your future in mind.

Gardner Ranch Vineyard.

From Vine to Table kicks off this spring with the first of four courses: Winemaking 101, Thurs.-Sat., March 17-19 at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center.

Winemaker and viticulturist Wil Franklin, the course instructor, describes the class as being focused on the science, practice and patience of winemaking.

“Winemaking 101 will explore three key themes,” Franklin explains. “They are understanding the basic craft of winemaking at the scale of home winemaker and small commercial producers; exploring the art of producing wines of balance and complexity and gaining hands on experience in a commercial winery.”

Franklin will also be teaching the second From Vine to Table course called Viticulture 101, Thursday to Saturday, May 19-21. That seminar will explore growing grapes in Humboldt County’s unique and diverse “terroir.”

Two more From Vine to Table sessions will be offered in fall, 2016 to complete the series. They are Wine Sensory Evaluation and Service with Pam Long and Marketing Wine in Humboldt County and Beyond with Elizabeth Hans McCrone.

These courses focus on improving general wine knowledge through formal, guided wine tasting experiences and learning successful business strategies by building a loyal customer base and developing a recognizable wine brand.

All four From Vine to Table sessions begin on the Thursday preceding the course with a wine reception at the Plaza Grill in Arcata from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

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