HOSP-103: Major Wines Grape Varieties

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Hospitality Studies
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Major Wines Grape Varieties
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
16.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
16.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Examines varietal wines from many broad geographical areas, including vintage and specialty wines. Covers how to identify alcohol, acid, sugar, and tannin in wines. Also discusses the challenges of wine service in today's hospitality industry.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. The Vineyard: Soil to Harvest
  2. Primary Major Grape Varieties
  3. Tasting Wine: Sensory Components
  4. Wine Aroma Wheel
  5. Wine Styles of Various Countries
  6. Business of Selling and Serving Wines
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Describe how grapes are grown for wine production.
  2. Discuss the grapes, regulations and wine styles of the major wine production countries.
  3. Discuss the regions and differences of wines by country.
  4. Evaluate the various aromatic compounds of grapes according to acidity, tannin, fruitiness, sweetness and dryness.
  5. Explain the major considerations when selecting wines.
  6. Discuss the aging and storing conditions for bottles wines.
  7. Evaluate different varieties of wine according to their price.
  8. Identify different methods of selling wine in hospitality operations.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Class Assignments: 25%
  • Lab Participation: 50%
  • Final Exam: 25%

Grading Scale:

  • 90% - 100% A
  • 80% - 89% B
  • 70% - 79% C
  • 60% - 69% D
  • 0% - 59% E

The Essentials of Wine with Food Pairing Techniques, John P. Laloganes (current edition)

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date