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S16B2 Wine Appreciation, An Introduction

Description: Classes will discuss the nature and quality of fine wines. We will begin with a discussion of the history of wine in Europe and how wine made its way to America and Virginia. The process of growing the grapes and creating the wines will be described. The class will have plenty of opportunity to taste several different types of wines, mainly from Virginia, and learn how to identify the character of fine wine. We will tour at least one local winery.

Additional Fees: $10- $20 for wine tasting, payable to the instructor at the first class.

Instructor: Jim Benedict, and his wife Joyce, have been growing wine grapes in the Valley since 1995. They grow Chardonnay, Cab Franc and Riesling and have sold grapes to most of the local wineries. His interest in wine is more from the standpoint of a grower than a vintner.

Course participants may park in the JMU parking lot without a parking pass for the duration of this course.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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