Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management

Wine Program

Wine can sometimes take up half of a meal you’re enjoying. Spend time with other students who love wine and learning in Cabrillo College’s wine program. No matter your career goals, the program brings a high level of knowledge to aspiring chefs, bakers, and managers of all kinds. It also educates aspiring customers looking to build up a wine cellar.

Cabrillo College offers two 15-unit certificates in Wine and Wine Service, and Wine Tasting Room Management, and a 17-unit certificate in World Wines for any students entering CAHM. Each class focuses on wine in unique ways, such as how to open it, provide wine service, as well as presentation, taste, and smell. Classes also focus on specific geographical regions of the world, and more.

Genevieve's Story

Genevieve Daly’s interest in pursuing wine education stemmed from a weekend class in Cabrillo College’s wine program. This interest turned into a passion for learning about other cultures and history through wine. Since then, she went on to work as a wine sales representative, winery manager, and is looking to pursue a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certification. Find out more about Genevieve’s story.

Skills Certificate in Wine and Wine Service

As an outcome of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of viticulture, viniculture, wine faults, world wines, and wine varietals

Skills Certificate in Wine Tasting Room Management

As an outcome of this certificate, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental tasting room accounting, sales, marketing, promotion, and wine handling skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of enology, wine faults, California wine and wine varietals

Skills Certificate in World Wines

As an outcome of this certificate, you will be able to:

  • Identify world wine growing regions, varietals, labels, laws terroir, and wine production techniques
  • Assess world wines for their olfactory and flavor notes relative to specific growing regions as well as the geopolitical aspects of the region

Courses include:

  • Wine and Wine Service
  • World Wines
  • Basic Winemaking
  • Champagne and French Sparkling Wine
  • Sensory Evaluation of Wine Varietals
  • And more

Learn more about the required classes.

Sample careers

  • Aspiring chef
  • Taste room managers and staff
  • Wine makers
  • Wine sales
  • Cellar managers

Contact Information for this program:

Jeremy MacVeigh
Department Chair
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(831) 477-3700 ext. 5675