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Wine Studies: Wine Evaluation and Service Certificate Agriculture & Natural Resources Total Units: 22
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Term Effective: Fall 2015


The Wine Studies: Wine Evaluation and Service Certificate of Achievement prepares students for skills such as serving wine according to professional standards, planning and effectively publicizing wine industry events, and the ability to discuss wine regions and characteristics of grape varieties suited to those regions.

This program prepares students for a variety of positions in the wine industry, including but not limited to: Hospitality Assistant, Hospitality Manager, Tasting Room Assistant Manager, Tasting Room Manager, Wine Educator, Wine Consultant, Tour Guide, Wine Club Administrator, Event Staffer, Wine Hospitality Staffer, Sales Specialist in Wines, Winery Assistant, Visitor Center Representative.

For students interested in an Associate degree, a Wine Studies: Wine Evaluation and Service major is available.

Please see the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department website for more information.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of skills such as serving wine according to professional standards including an understanding of wine evaluation; and
  2. Demonstrate the skills required for planning an effective publicity program for a wine industry event; and
  3. Discuss wine regions and characteristics of grape varieties suited to specific regions; and
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of the wine industry including basic enology and business concepts.

Recommended Course Sequence

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Wine Studies: Wine Evaluation and Service Certificate program are:

  • Complete 22 units from
    • Wine Studies Core Requirements
    • Wine Evaluation and Service Emphasis Requirements

Wine Studies Core Requirements - complete 13.00 units
WINE 70 Wine Component Tasting1.50
WINE 110 Professional Wine Judging1.50
AGBUS 2 Agricultural Computer Applications3.00
WINE 1 World Viticulture and Wine Styles3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
WINE 42.1 and WINE 42.2
Wine Evaluation and Service Emphasis Requirements - complete 9.00 units
WINE 111 Sonoma County Appellations1.50
WINE 112 Wine Regions of California1.50
WINE 130 Wine Service and Hospitality1.50
WINE 131 Wine Industry Event Planning1.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AGBUS 61 Agricultural/Wine Marketing3.00
AGRI 56 Agricultural Enterprise Project2.00-4.00
AGRI 98 Independent Study in Agriculture1.00-3.00
AGRI 99 Agriculture Occupational Work Experience0.50-8.00
AGRI 99I Agriculture Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
CUL 256.6 Wine and Food Affinities1.00
WINE 101 Wine Sales and Distribution1.50
WINE 102 Wines in the Global Marketplace - Retail Sales1.50
WINE 103 Consumer Direct Wine Sales and Marketing1.50
WINE 104 Agricultural and Wine Marketing Fundamentals3.00
WINE 105 Wine Public Relations1.50
WINE 113 Winemakers of Sonoma County1.50
WINE 114 Wines of California and Europe1.50
WINE 115 Wines of California and Australia/New Zealand1.50
WINE 116 Wines of Italy1.50
WINE 117 Wines of France1.50
WINE 118 Zinfandel-Grape to Glass1.50
WINE 119 Sideways: An Examination of Pinot Noir1.50
WINE 121 Wines of Spain1.50
WINE 122 Dessert Wines of the World1.50
WINE 124 Cabernet Sauvignon Around the World1.50
WINE 125 Napa Valley Appellations1.50
WINE 150 Artisan Winemaking Operations2.00

Term Effective: Fall 2015

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2017

Previous Versions:

Wine Studies: Wine Eval. & Service - effective Fall 2009
Wine Studies: Wine Eval. & Service - effective Spring 2007
Wine Studies: Wine Eval. & Service - effective Fall 2006
Wine Studies: Wine Eval. & Service - effective Fall 2005

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name Wine Studies: Wine Evaluation and Service Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 18 months.

This program will cost $4,989.00 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A of debt.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: CA

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