Course curriculum

  • 1

    Unit 1 - Welcome & Introductions

  • 2

    Unit 2 - Early Discovery and Development

    • Wine and Culture

    • Discovery, First Wines

    • Origin Stories & Early Wine Trade

    • Means to Conserve Wine - Pottery

    • Vitis Vinifera - From Wild to Cultivated

    • Unit Quiz: Early Discovery and Development

  • 3

    Unit 3 - Wine in Antiquity

    • Ancient People's Timeline

    • Ancient Egypt

    • The Etruscans

    • Wine in Ancient Greece

    • The Wine God

    • Homer's Hymn to Dionysus

    • Wine in Ancient Rome

    • Pompeii and Falernum

    • Unit Quiz: Wine in Antiquity

  • 4

    Unit 4 - Wine In Religion, and the Middle Ages

    • The Fall of Rome

    • Wine in Judaism

    • Wine in Islam

    • Wine Symbolism in Persian Poetry

    • Greco Roman Wine God Symbolism and Jesus, a Comparison

    • The Holy Roman Empire - Charlemagne Shifts Power to the North

    • Christian Europe: The Catholic Church and the Roll of the Monks

    • Famine, Plague and Social Transformation

    • Unit Quiz - Wine in Religion and the Middle Ages

  • 5

    Unit 5 - Renaissance and Enlightenment

    • Acknowledgement of What is NOT Covered in This Course/Learning Unit

    • European Politics of the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, and their Impact on the Wine Trade

    • The Dutch Influence

    • Botrytis Cinerea and Late Harvest Wines

    • Unit Quiz - Renaissance and Enlightenment

  • 6

    Unit 6 - The Modern Era: The Evolution of Precision in the World of Wine

    • Wine Fraud Throughout the Ages, and Early Protections

    • The Story of the Gallo Nero

    • The Three Plagues: Downy Mildew, Phylloxera, and Powdery Mildew

    • The Birth of European Wine Law

    • Correction to Wine Law Lecture

    • Current European Wine Law: Charts and Terms

    • Unit Quiz - The Modern Era

  • 7

    Unit 7 - Wrap Up

    • Final Assignment/Response

    • What's Next? Keep Exploring!