Teaching beverage crop science: "Vines, Wines and You", a case study
In response to student interest in learning about the history and science of viticulture and enology, a course was developed, Vines, Wines and You. Ancient historical evidence of grape and wine culture is introduced to the students, followed by information about the botany of grapes, growth and spread of the industry, important wine grape species and cultivars and modern world-wide production of grapes and wines. Matching food and wine, cooking with wine, nutritional aspects of wine and alcoholic beverage consumption, marketing and promotion, and becoming a discerning wine consumer are included as part of this course. Students have called this course, the best class that I have taken at the University of Nebraska and graduates have sought further information years after taking the class.
Read, P.E., Gamet, S.J. and Loseke, B.A. (2020). Teaching beverage crop science: "Vines, Wines and You", a case study. Acta Hortic. 1274, 113-116
student involvement, history of Vitis, health, grape products, cooking with wine