Wines of United States
Immensely diverse geographically as it is in wine styles, US became a global wine powerhouse after the “Judgement in Paris” in 1976. You knew that though! Or did you? Step up to the plate as they say in North America and let us discover and learn US wines together.
This Online Wines of United States Course is an intermediate level wine course that is designed for wine enthusiasts, connoisseur and industry professionals to learn the history, culture and practical knowledge about United States’ wine.
What You Will Learn in the APWASI United States Online Wines Course
- The History of United States Wines
- The Geography
- The Styles of United States Wines
- Grape Varieties
- Wine and Cuisine Pairings and Etiquette
We provide you with a list of United States wines and pairings to try. We strongly encourage you to try these wines during the course of your studies.
Online Wine Course Structure
This is a self-paced course and should take approximately 19-25 hours including study time to complete.
There are quizzes at the end of each section and a Final exam at the end of the course.
United States Online Wine Course Entry Requirements
Although there are no requirements to take the APWASI United States Online Wine course, we recommend that you complete Wine Essentials 1 and Wine Essentials 2 (or equivalent, check out our Course Comparisons) before proceeding with this course. You must also be of legal drinking age in the country where you are attending the course if you will participate in the tasting of wines.
Upon completion, you will receive receive a APWASI Wines of United States ACWS post nominal, an APWASI certificate.
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Preview of United States Online Wine Course
Although the U.S. wine market has existed for more than two centuries, it is only in the 50 years that the U.S. has established itself as a world-class producer of wine. The famous Judgement in Paris in 1976, immortalized on the silver screen with the movie ‘Bottleshock’, is the embodiment of the sheer willpower and resolve to succeed and then conquer. This determination has led to world-wide respect for U.S. wine.
From the northerly climate of Washington state and the Columbia river valley to the desert climate of Arizona, this country’s diverse conditions and resulting wine selection is as varied as any country on earth could boast.
While every state produces wine of varying quality and quantity, California produces over 85% of wine made in the U.S. This golden state with its Napa and Sonoma valley’s, as well as many other incredible regions has been a champion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the United States and the world. Household names like Robert Mondavi created the dream and vision and placed his emphatic mark on this country’s wine future. Likewise, other great regions of California and other states in the western U.S. have created their mark with fantastic wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
In the East coast we learn of the Five fingers lake region and their offerings. The elegance of their wine, with its own idiosyncrasies, can be mystifying but on this course all is revealed in a manner that is as educational as it is enticing.
From the land of the humble two buck chuck to the royalty of the Napa valley reds, this country has everything for everyone. We invite you to join us in learning about the country where styles abound, and the wines are as big and as exciting as the country itself.
2.0 Wine History
4.0 Climate/Soil/Wine Regions
5.0 Grapes of United States
5.0A – Wine Tasting Equipment and Tasting List
7.0 Culture & Etiquette
8.0 How to Read the Label / Bottling / Packaging
11.0 Course Feedback
12.0 Final Exam
Estimated study time?
Individuals differ, learning styles differ, and the individual time factors and learning speeds differ so it would be hard to place a precise time so we suggest a range of between 19-25 hours of study. This includes reading through the material and completing the quizzes and the final examination. There is no time constraint nor limit, of utmost importance is you enjoy this journey of knowledge and you indulge your curiosity and thirst for knowledge.
How long do I have to complete the course?
Human beings never complete anything without a target. We may believe this to be untrue but if you were to silently contemplate yourself with unbridled honesty you would admit this is a truth, unpleasant it may be but still the truth. At APWASI we encourage you to complete this course within six months from registration. As the course recommendation is between 19-25 hours, a six-month period of completion is an exaggerated premium of time for you as we want you to do other more constructive things in life than procrastinate.
Who is it for?
Our courses are for the dedicated, determined, belief in themselves and wanting to succeed. If you have these qualities you will succeed at anything you want not only these courses.
These courses, by the nature of their content are aimed at wine professionals currently in the industry and those who are intending to join the industry, and enthusiasts. The kaleidoscope of career options is many. This would include retail, importing, exporting, distributing, and perhaps even producing. Additionally, if you are in the hospitality industry, hotel, airline, cruise ship, high-medium end restaurants, this course would give you a firm and unquestionable structure of wine and spirit knowledge to further your career. Following our 5 C’s philosophy we believe our courses are for those who treasure knowledge and have a thirst to make their mark in life.
Where can I do this?
Anywhere in the globe, on the sunny beaches of Hawaii or the secluded jungle of South America or even the salubrious atmosphere of a private club in London, literally it is anywhere you wish. Our courses are available world-wide, 365/ 24/7, in 23 different languages. All you need is an internet connection! These courses can be accessed on your mobile device, tablet or on your computer.
We are all accustomed to choices and with choices there are set parameters that we set before making a decision. Education is not an inanimate object it is not a pair of lifestyle shoes, shirt, blouse or meal. Education is the keystone of your life and we encourage you to choose as you see fit. Our criteria suits those that are openminded, cultural adept, eager to learn on a holistic basis and not just facts and figures- regurgitating them out like an antiquated calculator with a paper roll attached. We want, we demand, our graduates to be beacons of openness, approachable and wanting to share experiences and knowledge with all within the industry. We all begin our life with the currency of youth and this applies to not only APWASI but also other organizations like us across this globe. We bring fresh beginnings with new education methods to match the new trends, embrace the plethora of learning styles and together our courses are definitive in character that are matchless in the devotion given to their creation. If you value the future as we state, “learning for the future” then we are your future.
How can I learn this without tasting?
One cannot learn to swim without water and neither do we expect you to learn without tasting . We have at the end of each course a selection of wines we recommend you to try using the skills you have acquired on the wine essentials course we offer. Through this method you can increase your practical wine tasting skills. Our courses allow you to evaluate the wines by understanding the “why” and “the how”.
I don’t know how to taste.
The ability to taste wine is universal. The methodology to understanding wine and appreciating wine is not universal and that needs to be understood through concept, tasting and recording. This we achieve by having you take the wine essentials course we have as a prerequisite to any courses you select. Within this course lie the secrets to identifying, nosing and tasting wines and finally evaluate wines. It’s our pleasure to join you on this journey of adventure and bountiful knowledge. After taking this course you will learn and be able to taste wine with comfort.
Final Exam Information
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Dr. Clinton Lee has attained the highest qualification from the Wine Spirit and Education Trust based in London, the WSET Diploma and the Certified International Educator. He has over 80 million views globally on TikTok and Instagram about his wine and etiquette lessons.
He is an international wine lecturer, writer and critc. He has taught WSET programs and other wine courses both in Canada and internationally in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan Argentina, France, Hungary and Italy.