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UCI Division of Continuing Education Offers Two Specialty Wine Courses

Students Discover How to Taste the Difference Between Many Wine Varietals

IRVINE, Calif. – June 28, 2010 – The University of California, Irvine Extension has announced two new three-day wine courses which will be offered on the UCI campus. “Dessert Wines: How Sweet is Too Sweet?” will be offered on Mondays, July 12-26, 2010 from 7-10 p.m. Later in the summer, “The International Appellation Tasting” classes will be offered on Mondays, August 16-30, 2010, 7-10 p.m. Part of the Specialized Studies Program in Wine at UC Irvine Extension, each class will provide participants better understand and appreciate different wine varieties. In addition, UC Irvine Extension and The Reserve Wine Bar & Shop will give students a $25 gift card good towards the purchase of wine or dinner at the restaurant and bar.

“These courses will give students valuable background about different wine varietals, from where the grapes are grown to how each different wine is made,” explains Edward Manetta, course instructor and owner of The Reserve Wine Bar & Shop in Ladera Ranch, California. “Students will be able to taste these different wines, learning about wine history, food pairings and grape crops from around the world—without having to travel outside of Orange County.”

As a Sommelier and owner of The Reserve Wine Bar and Shop, course instructor Manetta has more than 15 years of experience in the wine industry. During his “Dessert Wines: How Sweet is Too Sweet” he will have student sample Port, Sherry, Riesling, Sauternes and Hungarian Tokaji, sharing how winemakers specifically grow the grapes for sweet wine and how each wine is made. Participants will also learn how to pair wine with chocolate or cheese to create truly decadent dessert offerings.

“The International Appellation Tasting” course will explore similar wines from different regions. Using wine flights—enabling the taster to compare and contrast wines of the same variety—students will gain a deeper understanding of terroir. In a typical night, participants may have the opportunity to try Sauvignon Blanc from France, New Zealand and Chile or enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon blends from France, California and Italy.

“The UC Irvine Extension is pleased to offer two more exciting wine courses during our summer session,” Kirwan Rockefeller, director of arts, humanities and social sciences at UC Irvine Extension. “Everyone from wine connoisseurs to average consumers can learn the intricacies of specialty wines during these three-day courses.”

To learn more about UC Irvine Extension’s summer course offerings for the Specialized Studies Program in Wine, please visit To register for the new courses, call 949-824-6335 or e-mail

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit