ADVANCED WINE STUDIES
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Building on previously acquired foundation level wine knowledge, the Advanced Wine studies course focuses on grape varieties and organoleptic as well as sensory evaluation. The content of the course will cover the 25 most used grapes in the world in terms of geographic coverage, ampelography, history as well as specific characteristics. It will also feature a step-by-step approach to wine tasting..
At the end of the course, students will be able to write short essays on various grape varieties. They will also be able to describe the characteristics of particular wines tasted on blind basis in the form of a professional commentary. Finally, they will be able to recommend wines for particular menus and build a professional wine list for a particular type of restaurant.
The pre-requisite for this course is to have passed HMGT218 Wine Studies on a previous semester.
This elective course takes students on an exploratory journey through the world of wine via viticulture, vinification, wine geography and mainly sensory evaluation. At the end of this course, students should be able to describe accurately the visual appearance, nose, palate and conclusions of a series of wines in a comprehensively written tasting note. They should also be able to write an essay that could be related to aroma families, the effects of maturation on wine, the processes of blending, fining, racking and other vinification factors that influence the aspect, aromas and taste of wines. Wine marketing, branding, selling, storing and consuming aspects will also be studied.
The final examination is an open book essay of around 800 words based on accumulated research material. Throughout the semester, students will be assessed on a continuous basis via a series of homework and assignments that will also prepare them for the final examination.