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Wine Professional

Wine Professional Certificate
Wine and Artisan Foods Certificate
Wine Professional

Program Overview

​The Wine Professional Certificate ​program is an intensive, professional development program that covers the fundamentals of viticulture, winemaking techniques, major wine regions and styles, sensory evaluation of wine, professional wine service, the business of wine, and wine marketing strategies. 

Wine sales are an important profit center for the restaurant/ hospitality industry and thus a comprehensive knowledge of wine is critical for maximizing outcomes. Graduates of this program will be prepared for careers in the restaurant/hospitality industry, wine distribution and wholesale/retail wine trade. Intended for hospitality professionals this certificate program would also delight the wine enthusiast.

All 9 credits in the Wine Professional Certification MN program at Saint Paul College, St. Paul, MN, must be taken concurrently. ​​​

The Wine and Artisan Foods Certificate provides the graduate with a strong knowledge of wine, wine service skills and wine marketing strategies in addition to current trends in food and wine pairing and preparing Artisan Foods. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills of artisan foods preparation and wine pairing skills necessary for a full service restaurant.

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • ​How to enhance wine and food pairing opportunities 
  • How to improve menu and wine list compatibility
  • Fundamentals of viticulture and winemaking
  • Professional wine service techniques and choosing appropriate equipment
  • Grape varietals used to make wine, including the impact of terroir (climate/soil)
  • Professional tasting techniques for assessment and evaluation of wine
  • Wine producing regions of the world
  • Wine business considerations such as pricing, trends, environmental storage, and wine regulations

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