Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Registration check-in 5:45 pm. Program 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm each day.

Registration - $50
Registration deadline is midnight, October 17, 2017. Pre-registration is required.

Food Sciences Building, room 1951 (CCUR theater)
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 is aimed at wine consumers who want to take their wine tasting skills to the next level.  Interested participants do not need to meet any formal requirements (besides being 21 years of age) to participate except an open mind, an inquisitive nose and a willing palate.  Industry members (winemakers, tasting room staff) are invited to attend also.  However, it should be noted that although much of the material is the same that is covered in the Intensive Tasting Proficiency Training, there is a consumer focus to this course rather than a production focus.

Participants will learn a variety of skills in wine evaluation to become proficient in tasting wines critically. The workshop begins 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, wine scoring methods and regional wine variation.


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
Monday, October 23, 2017
5:45 PM Registration and check-in
6:00 PM Welcome and introductions
  How senses work presentation
  Components in wine
  Aroma descriptors - White
  Varietal recognition - White
  Aroma descriptors - Red
  Varietal recognition - Red
9:00 PM Adjourn for the evening
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:00 PM Wine faults
  Wine faults aromas
  Varietal recognition and short term memory
  Wine scoring methods
  Regional varietal variation: White and red
9:00 PM Closing comments and adjourn


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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.


Registrations must be received by midnight, October 17, 2017. Pre-registration is required to attend this course.

Cancellations requesting a refund must be received prior to midnight, October 17, 2017. To cancel your registration please call (515) 294-6429 or email A refund will be issued within 7 days.

October 23-24, 2017

Registration check-in 5:45 PM
Program 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM each day

Food Sciences Building, room 1951 (CCUR theater)
536 Farm House Lane, Ames, Iowa 50011-1054

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.

Parking is also available in nearby General Staff lots 50A and 50B (marked with yellow signs). These lots open to the public at 5:30 PM and no permit is required.

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

Photos and/or video taken at this course may be used by ISU Extension and Outreach for promotional, commercial, educational and research purposes. If you prefer not to be photographed, please speak with the photographer.

Program contact

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