Course Description

You will be provided an overview of the history of American wines, focusing on the various wine-making regions and grape varieties in the United States. The North American continent is home to several native species of grape, but the industry is now based almost entirely on the cultivation of the European Vitis vinifera, which was introduced by European settlers. While California now produces 84% of all U.S. wine, you will also explore other rich areas of production including Oregon, Washington, New York, and Virginia.

Course Outline

1. Early History of American Wines
2. Native Grape Varieties including Ohio's native Catawba grape. 
3. European Grape Varieties introduced by European settlers
4. Wine Regions in the United States
•    Michigan’s American Heritage grapes like Norton, Catawba, Niagara, and Concord
•    California including Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and Paso Robles
•    Oregon’s Willamette Valley known for its Pinot Noir
•    Washington's Columbia Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
•    New York state

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the history of American wines, the various grape varieties grown in the United States, and the wine-making regions of the United States.
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Section Title
American Wine History
7:00PM to 9:00PM
Mar 06, 2024
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Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $49.00
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