The Wine Appreciation class will allow you to easily learn about wine from a true wine scientist and winemaker without intimidation and prerequisites. Unofficially labeled as one of Purdue's coolest classes, Wine Appreciation is now open to the public and 100% online.
You will take a virtual trip around the world of wine to learn about various wine production techniques, with guided sensory evaluations of more than 40 recommended regional wine styles, all the way from sparkling wines to dessert wines. You’ll study the history of global winegrowing, universal winemaking principles, and the economic and political impact of the wine industry as part of modern agriculture.
- Wine History
- Wine Sensory Evaluation
- Wine & Health
- Grape growing
- Wine Etiquette
- Wines from around the world, including the U.S. West Coast, Indiana, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, South America, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand
This class should take 30 days to complete; however, you'll have six months' access to the content and can start at any time and move at your own pace. Learners will purchase their own wines, suggested by a curated list, to better understand the different regions, varieties, styles, and production methods discussed in the class. The required textbook is Wine Appreciation by C.E. Butzke.
About the Instructor
Professor of Enology
Department of Food Science
Dr. Butzke is a past-president of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture, an award-winning commercial winemaker, and has been chief judge of the Indy International, the largest scientifically organized wine competition in the U.S.
He is the editor of the technical book “Winemaking Problems Solved” for commercial winemakers, and author of the textbook “Wine Appreciation,” written for the over 6,500 students he has taught over the years, and of dozens of scientific and popular publications on wine production and quality.