Course curriculum

  • Temecula

    Introduction Level 1

    The Introductory Level 1 covers six hours of wine curriculum. Here we will cover the highlights of the curriculum and key learning objectives.

  • Paul Draper, Ridge Vineyards

    Chapter #1: History and Lore

    The beginnings of the California Wine Industry, starting with major eras in the history of California wine including the Mission era, post-Gold Rush, Prohibition and modern times.

  • Photo By: George Rose

    Chapter #2: Geography and Climate

    • California's Unique Geography

    • California’s Major Climate Influences

    • Chapter #2: Quiz

  • Chapter #3: Soils

    • Soils in the Vineyard

    • How Californian soil types dictate the grape variety chosen for a vineyard.

    • Chapter #3: Quiz

  • Sonoma County Vintners

    Chapter #4: Grapes

    • Wine Grapes in California: Past and Present

    • Wine Grapes in CA: Chardonnay And Sauvignon Blanc

    • Wine Grapes in CA: Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir

    • Wine Grapes in CA: Zinfandel, Merlot, and Syrah

    • Chapter #4: Quiz

  • Ph

    Chapter #5: Viticulture and Vinification

    • Grape Growing

    • Vineyard Needs

    • Fermentation

    • Chapter #5: Quiz

  • Photo By: George Rose

    Chapter #6: Aging and Maturation

    • Aging & Maturation: Winemaking Vessels

    • Why We Age Wine

    • Chapter #6: Quiz

  • Photo By: George Rose

    Chapter #7: Wine Law

    • Legal Definitions: California Wine Law

    • Chapter #7: Quiz

  • Chapter #8: Official Classifications

    • American Viticultural Areas in California

    • The AVAs of Napa Valley, Sonoma County, And Santa Barbara County

    • Chapter #8: Quiz

  • Robert Mondavi Winery

    Chapter #9: Producers

    • Important Historical Wineries: A Selection of 5 Wineries in Level 1

    • Chapter 9: Quiz

  • Photo By: George Rose

    Chapter #10: Vintages

    • The Concept of Vintage

    • Chapter #10: Quiz

  • Chapter #11: California Wine Business

    • Key Statistics For California Wine

    • Chapter 11: Quiz

  • CREDIT: ALYCIA MORENO

    FINAL EXAM

    • FINAL EXAM