San Joaquin Delta College, a junior/community college headquartered in Stockton, CA, is excited to announce the renewal of Cul Art 32 Evaluation of Wine to be offered this summer.

Fred Swan leading a past Lodi ZinFest Wine School class, by Randy Caparoso

Fred Swan leading a past Lodi ZinFest Wine School class, by Randy Caparoso.

The course will once again be taught by Fred Swan DWSET, CSW, a respected educator, sommelier, and wine writer. An associate professor of wine in the Department of Culinary Arts at San Joaquin Delta College, he has taught credential courses and consumer workshops for more than a decade at many schools, events, and festivals. His specialties include the wines, regions, and wine history of California, as well as those of Oregon, Europe, and Australia. He’s also sought after for tasting and food-and-wine pairing workshops. His credentials include Diploma of Wine & Spirits, Certified WSET educator, Certified Sommelier, French Wine Scholar, Certified Specialist of Wine, California Wine Appellation Specialist, Italian Wine Professional, and many more. Contact Mr. Swan with any questions or concerns (enrollment via the Delta College online system can be cumbersome):

To learn more about Mr. Swan (pictured to the right), read Randy Caparoso’s blog “Influential wine writers recall their first ‘ah-ha’ Lodi moments.”



Offered Monday nights from 6:00 – 9:50 pm | June 5 – July 31

This course is an exploration of the principles of sensory wine evaluation. Boost your wine tasting skills with this entertaining, step-by-step course that will guide you through the world’s most important grape varieties. Improve your ability to evaluate and describe wines. Learn the fundamentals of food and wine pairing (and some tricks of the trade). You’ll become a more confident taster, enjoy wines more, and be better able to describe them for your friends or customers. Students learn the effect that climate, viticulture techniques, and production techniques have on wines. The course objectives are to:

1. Identify the key attributes of more than 20 important grape varieties.
2. Explain and effectively use the Systematic Approach to Wine Tasting.
3. Identify and quantify sweetness, acidity, body, alcohol, tannin, malolactic conversion, and oak in wines.
4. Explain and detect the differences in wines based on climate.
5. Detect and identify common wine faults.
6. Identify the top 10 wine varieties in a blind tasting of benchmark wines.
7. Understand and describe key principles of food and wine pairing.
8. Know how to conduct a professional wine tasting.

There are no prerequisites to the course. If you experience any issues registering for classes you may contact Mr. Swan with questions. Learn how to register for Delta courses here: The total cost including tuition, materials, and the textbook comes out to $170. Letter grade or pass/fail options are available for this class. Students should bring six matching wine glasses to every class session.


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