Wine Tasting

Spring '23 Wine Appreciation Course (Non-Credit)

Do you want to learn about viniculture and viticulture and the sensory evaluation of wine?

The course introduces students to viniculture and viticulture and the sensory evaluation of wine. It concentrates on the sensory elements of wine that make it a global economic and culture phenomenon with emphasis on Old World and New World traditions, food pairing, and trends in the wine business. It discusses the climates, topographies, and other natural conditions that make some regions more suited to certain wine cultivation than others and how these conditions are replicated around the world. It covers the important role wine plays in the delivery of dining experiences in both hospitality enterprises as well as retail and social experiences. The wine industry is replete with specific and technical vocabulary that when mastered enables participants to engage in wine activities knowledgeably and successfully, whether as a consumer, host or professional. All students enrolled will receive a one year free subscription to Wine Spectator.


General Public -  $429.00 
Penn State Affiliate - $399.00

Registration Information

This class combines Penn State students taking the class for credit with adults from the community taking it for non-credit. Non-credits students have the option to test their learning each week with online quizzes.

Registration deadline is 11:59 pm, January 12, 2023. For registration after this date, contact Lisa Clapper at [email protected]

If you need to cancel your registration, please send your written request no later than January 12, 2023 by email to [email protected] A $50 administrative fee will be charged for your cancellation.

Register HERE

This class meets Thursdays, January 12 - April 28, 2023, 4:40-6:35 p.m. in the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Building, Room 102

Must be 21 or over to attend with photo identification required.

Registration Questions? Contact Lisa Clapper at 814-865-8898.

For program content questions, contact Donna Quadri-Felitti, Ph.D., Marvin Ashner Director and Associate Professor, School of Hospitality Management [email protected]