Registration check-in 8:40 am, Thursday, July 20. Program 9:00 am – 5:30 pm.

Registration - $50
Registration deadline is midnight, July 14, 2017. Pre-registration is required.

2311 Food Sciences Building
536 Farm House Lane, Ames, Iowa 50011-1054 | campus map | Google map

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

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.  


The training is led by Erin Norton, education and outreach coordinator, Midwest Wine and Grape Industry Institute. Additional instruction provided by Jennie Savits, Extension field specialist-enology, Iowa State University.


Time Presentation
8:40 am Registration check-in
9:00 Introductions
  How senses work
  Components in wine
  Aroma descriptors - white
10:30 Break
  Varietal recognition - white
  Aroma descriptors - red
  Varietal recognition - red
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
  Wine faults
  Triangle test
  Varietal recognition and short term memory
2:30 Break
  Scoring - Adapted Davis 20 pt method
  Regional varietal variation: White and red
5:30 Course adjourns


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Registrations are not accepted by phone. Please use the link above to register using a credit card or mail a completed registration form with check payment.

Registration Includes lunch, refreshments and class materials.

Registrations must be received by midnight, July 14, 2017. Pre-registration is required to attend this course.

Cancellations requesting a refund must be received prior to midnight, July 14, 2017. To cancel your registration please call (515) 294-6429 or email A refund will be issued within 7 days.

July 20, 2017

Registration check-in 8:40 am
Program 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

2311 Food Sciences Building
536 Farm House Lane, Ames, Iowa 50011-1054
campus map | Google map

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

Overnight lodging, if needed, is the responsibility of the course attendee. A variety of facilities are available in Ames and the surrounding area. Visit the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau for a map and links.

Registration receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.

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

Program contact

Lani McKinney
administrative specialist
Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute
(515) 294-3308