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


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:

  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 (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 70Wine Component Tasting1.50
WINE 110Professional Wine Judging1.50
AGBUS 2Agricultural Computer Applications3.00
WINE 1World Viticulture and Wine Styles3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 4.00 units from the following:
Fall Winery Operations2.00
WINE 42.2Spring Winery Operations2.00
WINE 3Introduction to Enology4.00
Wine Evaluation and Service Emphasis Requirements - complete 9.00 units
WINE 111Sonoma County American Viticulture Areas1.50
WINE 112Wine Regions of California1.50
WINE 130Wine Service and Hospitality1.50
WINE 131Wine Industry Event Planning1.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AGBUS 61Agricultural Marketing3.00
AGRI 56Agricultural Enterprise Project2.00-4.00
AGRI 98Independent Study in Agriculture1.00-3.00
AGRI 99Agriculture Occupational Work Experience0.50-8.00
AGRI 99IAgriculture Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
CUL 256.6Wine and Food Affinities1.00
WINE 101Wine Sales and Distribution1.50
WINE 102Wines in the Global Marketplace - Retail Sales1.50
WINE 103Consumer Direct Wine Sales and Marketing1.50
WINE 104Agricultural and Wine Marketing Fundamentals3.00
WINE 105Wine Public Relations1.50
WINE 113Winemakers of Sonoma County1.50
WINE 114Wines of California and Europe1.50
WINE 115Wines of California and Australia/New Zealand1.50
WINE 116Wines of Italy1.50
WINE 117Wines of France1.50
WINE 118Zinfandel-Grape to Glass1.50
WINE 119An Examination of Pinot Noir1.50
WINE 121Wines of Spain1.50
WINE 122Dessert Wines of the World1.50
WINE 124Cabernet Sauvignon Around the World1.50
WINE 125Napa Valley Appellations1.50
WINE 150Artisan 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 Summer 2011
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

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.

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.

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