The following courses are not part of the certification but are offered as fun and educational enrichment courses.
This introductory course to craft beers covers ingredients, process, styles, finished product and food pairing. The class includes a craft beer and artisan cheese tasting.
How to Throw a Beer Tasting
Are you looking for a surefire way to entertain your friends or impress your coworkers? Why not throw a beer tasting party! In this course, participants will learn all the elements for hosting a successful and fun beer tasting in the comfort of their own home or office. We will discuss supplies you'll need, beer styles you could feature, and winning food pairings. You'll also go home with example tasting sheets and checklists.
Intro to Wine
Become familiar with commonly known types of wine, wine terminology, how to buy and store wine, proper glassware, proper serving temperatures, etc, to take the mystery and confusion out of enjoying a glass of wine. The course will also include sampling three white wines and three red wines. Wine sampling discussion will combine wine history, geography, chemistry and fun. The student will develop the knowledge to confidently order and enjoy wine.
Emerging Wine Regions
Sip a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from the coast of New Zealand and savor the ripe peach notes of a South African Muscat. As old world wineries continue their rich traditions of winemaking, exciting new world producers emerge. Ideal grape producing regions such as South Africa, Australia and New Zealand are developing sophisticated wines, using traditional techniques, and are often sold at a lower price than more commonly known wine producing countries. Journey with us across the southern hemisphere as we explore the flavors of popular wines such as Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Muscat
Wine Tasting Fundamentals
Learn basic wine terminology and the proper tasting methods to evaluate wine. The class will finish with a wine tasting.
Vertical Wine Tasting
This class will taste and discuss multiple wines, known as a "vertical tasting", from a particular winery/label at various price points with a focus on similarities and contrasts between the different wines.
Sparkling Wine Comparison
If you have ever been curious as to whether that expensive bottle of bubbly is truly worth it, now you can find out! In this class, members will sample French Champagne along with other sparkling white wines such as Italian Proseco and Spanish Cava at different price points. There will definitely be some lively discussions amongst your fellow classmates. So join us for a wine exploration that just might change your mind about cost versus quality when it comes to your wine budget. Some wine tasting experience would be beneficial but not mandatory.