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The Wine Studies major, with four areas of emphasis (Wine Evaluation and Service, Wine Business and Marketing, Wine and Vines, and Enology) is designed to prepare students for a variety of positions in the wine industry.
The Wine Evaluation and Service program emphasis gives students a thorough understanding of wines produced locally, regionally, and internationally. Students learn the components of tasting wines, judging wines, and pairing wines with different foods.
The courses are combined with wine industry event planning, consumer direct wine sales and marketing, and service and hospitality to prepare students for specific job opportunities that include wine consultant, server, tasting room representative, wine sales specialist, wine educator, wine club administrator, and winery and restaurant event staff.
For students interested in the Wine Studies: Wine Evaluation and Service Certificate of Achievement Program, please see SRJC's certificate Web site.
Please see the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department website for more information.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:
Recommended Course Sequence
- Demonstrate knowledge of skills such as serving wine according to professional standards including an understanding of wine evaluation; and
- Demonstrate the skills required for planning an effective publicity program for a wine industry event; and
- Discuss wine regions and characteristics of grape varieties suited to specific regions; and
- Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of the wine industry including basic enology and business concepts.
The requirements for the Wine Studies: Wine Evaluation and Service (AS) 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 Tasting||1.50|
|WINE 110||Professional Wine Judging||1.50|
|AGBUS 2||Agricultural Computer Applications||3.00|
|WINE 1||World Viticulture and Wine Styles||3.00|
|Complete a combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:|
|WINE 42.1 AND||Fall Winery Operations||2.00|
|WINE 42.2||Spring Winery Operations||2.00|
|WINE 3||Introduction to Enology||4.00|
|Wine Evaluation and Service Emphasis Requirements - complete 9.00 units|
|WINE 111||Sonoma County American Viticulture Areas||1.50|
|WINE 112||Wine Regions of California||1.50|
|WINE 130||Wine Service and Hospitality||1.50|
|WINE 131||Wine Industry Event Planning||1.50|
|Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:|
|AGBUS 61||Agricultural Marketing||3.00|
|AGRI 56||Agricultural Enterprise Project||2.00-4.00|
|AGRI 98||Independent Study in Agriculture||1.00-3.00|
|AGRI 99||Agriculture Occupational Work Experience||0.50-8.00|
|AGRI 99I||Agriculture Occupational Work Experience Internship||0.50-8.00|
|CUL 256.6||Wine and Food Affinities||1.00|
|WINE 101||Wine Sales and Distribution||1.50|
|WINE 102||Wines in the Global Marketplace - Retail Sales||1.50|
|WINE 103||Consumer Direct Wine Sales and Marketing||1.50|
|WINE 104||Agricultural and Wine Marketing Fundamentals||3.00|
|WINE 105||Wine Public Relations||1.50|
|WINE 113||Winemakers of Sonoma County||1.50|
|WINE 114||Wines of California and Europe||1.50|
|WINE 115||Wines of California and Australia/New Zealand||1.50|
|WINE 116||Wines of Italy||1.50|
|WINE 117||Wines of France||1.50|
|WINE 118||Zinfandel-Grape to Glass||1.50|
|WINE 119||An Examination of Pinot Noir||1.50|
|WINE 121||Wines of Spain||1.50|
|WINE 122||Dessert Wines of the World||1.50|
|WINE 124||Cabernet Sauvignon Around the World||1.50|
|WINE 125||Napa Valley Appellations||1.50|
|WINE 150||Artisan Winemaking Operations||2.00|
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.
Associate Degree Requirements:
The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:
For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter,
a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis,
is required for each course applied toward the major.