Tuesday, February 24, 2009

FAMU Research Center offers Introduction to Enology

The Florida A&M University Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research is offering an enrichment course titled “Intro Enology/Art and Science of Wine Appreciation” beginning February 24 through April 30.

This is a structured course of study, designed to introduce the participants to enology, the science dealing with winemaking and wine understanding, and in the art of “knowing wine” as related to human tradition and culture.

The course is open to the general public. Interested individuals must be 21 years old or older. The Center offers this as an outreach and extension activity of the Center for Viticulture Science and Small Fruit Research, which is a component in the FAMU College of Engineering Sciences, Technology and Agriculture.

Classes for the 10-week course will take place every Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the FAMU/CESTA Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research located at 6505 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32317. Each class will consist of two 45-minute sessions with 10-minute breaks. Instruction for the sessions includes a combination of lecture, video presentation and 30-minute wine tasting and evaluation discussion. Course requirements include a final examination, a field trip to one of Florida’s leading wineries and a discussion of the different wines sampled during the visit.

Participants who successfully complete 70 percent of the course requirements (lectures, discussion forums, field trip and final examination) will graduate with the certificate of completion and two credit units from the University Outreach Program.

The enrollment fees for the course include the cost for the field trip to the winery. The fee categories are as follows: general public is $255 per person; FAMU faculty/staff is $205 per person and students is $165 per person. The enrollment deadline is February 24, as seating is limited to 20 students.

To register or for more information, contact Violetka Colova, Ph.D., FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research, at (850) 599-3996 or via email at Violetka.Colova@famu.edu.

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