Wine Tasting

Wine Appreciation Course (Non-Credit)

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

Join us beginning January 2020 for Wine Appreciation!

Course Description

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.

Non-credit students have the option to test their learning each week with online quizzes.

Meets Wednesdays, 4:40 p.m. - 6:35 p.m.
January 15, 2020 - April 29, 2020
104 Keller Building on the Penn State University Park Campus


$399- PSU affiliated
$429 - General Public,


In addition to instruction and tasting, all participants will receive a one year free subscription to Wine Spectator.

Registration deadline is 11:59 pm, January 14, 2020. For registration after this date, contact Lisa Clapper at [email protected]

Click here to register.

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, PhD, Marvin Ashner Director and Associate Professor, School of Hospitality Management [email protected]