Go To Class, Drink Wine; Florida State Offers Drinking For College Credit

Wine and Culture
Posted at 5:15 PM, Sep 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-01 10:58:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (#WTXLDigital) - Some students aren't just leaving college with a degree. They're leaving college with a degree and vast knowledge in fine wines.

A wine tasting class offered for college credit may sound like a dream come true for some students. However, this class goes beyond taking a few sips of chardonnay. 

Florida State University offers a course titled "Wine and Culture," in which students learn "how wine and food combine for quality, taste, and menu considerations," according to the syllabus. 




During class, students have the opportunity to taste several types of wine and taught what food to pair it with. Some of the things on the class menu are fruit, cheese, and bread.  

The course is taught by Dr. Mark Bonn. He says that the class allows hospitality majors to "familiarize with the qualities and attributes associated with fine wine."

Dr. Bonn hopes his students come out of the class with vast knowledge for a successful career in the industry. "They must be able to understand how to explain the features of the wines being presented and paired with foods to guests who potentially have no idea or who aren't familiar with wines."

He is the professor of services management in the hospitality department at FSU. He's been with the department since 1989, teaching classes that give students the knowledge to work at a resort and serve guests. Knowing about wine pairing is something that he hopes his students will be confident about by the time they graduate.

Senior Rachael Green wants to present wines to those who are unfamiliar with them. Green wants to work in the food and beverage industry, and she says that wine plays an incredible role in it. 

Green says, "Luckily we have something that is so interactive as this class so we able to really make the recognition and connect with our major."

Interested in taking the class? Besides being over 21, you must be a hospitality management major.

Think that you're a wine aficionado? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

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