Feb 15, 2017
The fundamentals of winemaking in Humboldt County with award-winning winemaker and producer Wil Franklin kicks off the first in a four-part, intensive wine education series at the end of this month called From Vine to Table.
The classes are being offered through Humboldt State University’s College of eLearning and Extended Education.
According to Franklin, Winemaking 101, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 25 at Fieldbrook Winery, “explores three key themes. They are understanding the basic craft of winemaking at the scale of the 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 teach another From Vine to Table session called Viticulture 101 on Saturday, May 20th. That seminar will explore growing grapes in Humboldt County’s unique and diverse “terroir.” Topics include selecting grape variety, growing seasons, soil preparation, pest and mold management, along with a field trip to a vineyard for hands-on practice.
Two other From Vine to Table sessions will be offered this spring to complete the four-course series. They are Marketing Wine in Humboldt County and Beyond with Elizabeth Hans-McCrone and Wine Sensory Evaluation and Service with Pam Long.
Marketing Wine in Humboldt County and Beyond, scheduled for Saturday, March 25 at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, will explore effective marketing practices in a one-day course that delves into creating a successful brand, building a loyal customer base, selling direct to consumer and branching out beyond the Redwood Curtain with regional craft beverages produced in Humboldt County. Hans-McCrone’s class includes wine sampling and a field trip to a local winery.
Wine Sensory Evaluation and Service, scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, is designed to develop a wine palate and increase participant’s overall knowledge about wines of the world. The class will jumpstart and refine wine tasting evaluation skills and is especially relevant for hospitality industry managers and employees. Long will conduct professional wine tasting practices with her students throughout the course.
For registration and more information about this series, go to www.humboldt.edu/extended/winecertificate.