Wine Making Class Offered

Students will be able to learn the art of making wine starting this fall in a class offered by Mt. San Jacinto College.

MSJC will offer Introduction to Enology and Introduction to Viticulture. The three units for each class will be transferrable to Cal State Fresno, which offers a bachelor’s degree in viticulture and enology, said MSJC chemistry professor John Schuler. Schuler wrote the curriculum for MSJC’s two new classes.

The classes will be lecture-based and offer hands-on experience during field trips to area wineries.

Introduction to Enology begins Aug. 23 and will be held 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. In the class, students will learn about the winemaking process, from picking and crushing grapes to the bottling process. The class will be taught by Etienne Cowper, the vintner at Wilson Creek Winery.

Introduction to Viticulture will begin in the Spring semester, which starts in January. Students will learn about how vineyards are cared for, how vines are trained on the wire, pest control and more.

Both classes are 16 weeks and will be held at the Temecula Education Complex, 27447 Enterprise Circle West.

For more information, call Schuler at 951-639-5740.