Course description

This workshop will benefit both beginners and established professionals who wish to produce, sell, serve, purchase, or simply enjoy quality wine! This course can be used to certify those who wish to volunteer for the Iowa Quality Wine Consortium (IQWC) sensory panel.

Participants will learn a variety of skills in wine evaluation to become proficient in tasting wines critically. The workshop begin with the major components in wine including sugars, acids, alcohols and tannins. Exercises will be completed in white and red wine aroma identification, varietal identification, wine flaws and faults, and consistency in scoring among others.


Course instructors are members of the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute.

Continuing education

This course is a requirement for the IWGA’s Registered Apprenticeship Program. Enrolled apprentices will receive credit towards their Related Technical Instruction.


8:30 am Registration and check-in
9:00 am Welcome and introductions
Power Point presentation: How to taste a wine using senses
9:50 am White wine aroma descriptors: Samples in wine
10:30 am Break
11:10 am Red wine aroma
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:15 pm Wine faults
2:30 pm Varietal recognition
3:05 pm Break
3:15 pm Varietal regional differences
4:45 pm Wrap-up: Evaluations, Q&A
5:00 pm Course adjourns


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Registration check-in 8:45 AM.
Program begins at 9:00 AM and concludes at 5:00 PM.


2311 Food Sciences Building
536 Farm House Ln
Ames, Iowa 50011

Parking is available in the Memorial Union parking ramp, a short walk from the Food Sciences building. Parking fees are not included in the cost of registration.


Hosted by the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.


Pay by credit card


Registration, prior to midnight May 13, 2019

Registration includes lunch, refreshment breaks and course materials.


  • Pre-registration is required to attend this course. Registrations must be completed online prior to midnight, May 13, 2019.
  • Class size is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis. Registration will be closed if the course reaches capacity.
  • Requests for refunds must be received prior to midnight, May 9, 2019.
  • Confirmation of registration is sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering


Sarahi Trejo

Sarahi Trejo
program assistant
Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute
(515) 294-3308

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration please contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or

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