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Wines of the World Course (Non-Credit)

Wine Tasting

About the Course

This non-credit course introduces students to the wine industry, enabling them to knowledgeably and successfully engage in wine activities. The course will cover viticulture, and the sensory evaluation of wine, with emphasis on Old World and New World traditions, food pairing, and trends in the wine business. Students will learn how climates, topographies, and other natural conditions make some regions more suited to certain win cultivation than others, and how these conditions are replicated throughout the world. After completing the course, students will understand the important role wine plays in hospitality enterprises, retail, and social dining experiences. 

All students enrolled will receive a one-year free subscription to Wine Spectator.

Program Information


General Public -  $429 
Penn State Affiliate - $399

Registration Information

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

Registration deadline is 11:59 p.m., August 26, 2024. To register after this date, contact Lisa Clapper at [email protected].

If you need to cancel your registration, please email your written request to [email protected] no later than August 26, 2024. A $50 administrative fee will be charged for your cancellation.

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Class Requirements

This class meets on Thursdays, August 29 - December 12, 2024, from 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, and photo identification is required.

Contact Us

For registration questions, contact Lisa Clapper at (814) 865-8898.

For program content questions, contact the School of Hospitality Management's Marvin Ashner Endowed Director and Associate Professor, Donna Quadri-Felitti, at [email protected].