Wine Ed is an outcome of the success of the wine program with Cabrillo College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program. In the 43 years of the program’s existence, it has grown from having five people in one class to currently 300 declared majors in the culinary arts. The current Director’s challenges finding one source of wine education that was kept current led to the development of Wine Ed. The need for technical training in wine was validated when the program received additional Career and Technical Education funds. Wine Ed is an expansion of a successful program, bringing high quality training to those near Cabrillo College and far away.
Cabrillo College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management and Wine Programs
Located in Aptos, CA, Cabrillo College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management program started in the school’s cafeteria with a small dining room as the classroom in 1975. The program had permission from the college president, Bob Swenson, to serve wine with his philosophy being “what’s dinner without wine?” Now, this well-respected program offers certificates in cooking, baking, food service management,catering, wine and wine service, wine tasting room management, and world wines.
What to Expect
All of the information provided in the training modules will be kept up-to-date with the most relevant and accurate facts and policies. The creators of the training modules are only the most skilled and passionate wine educators. After completing a Wine Ed training module, participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of viticulture, viniculture, wine faults, world wines, and wine varietals
- Identify growing regions, varietals, labels, laws terroir, and wine production techniques
- Assess wines for their olfactory and flavor notes relative to specific growing regions as well as the geopolitical aspects of the region
The first course to be offered is Champagne and French Sparkling Wines, with more courses to come!