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Barry Gump, Ph.D.


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By Appointment

Course Time Zone | Eastern Standard Time (EST). Course due dates are according to this time zone.

Course Description and Purpose

Introductory course to the world of wine in the hospitality industry to learn how to taste and evaluate wine.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the major wine types. 
  2. Develop an understanding of the production of wine.
  3. Explore wine production throughout the world. 
  4. Evaluate storage, service, and merchandising methods utilized in the wine industry.
  5. Identify key components of a wine label.
  6. Describe the appearance, aroma, palate, value and function of the major wine styles in sensory evaluations.

Important Information


Please review FIU's Policies and Netiquette webpage. The policies webpage contains essential information regarding guidelines relevant to all courses at FIU, as well as additional information about acceptable netiquette for online courses.

As a member of the FIU community you are expected to be knowledgeable about the behavioral expectations set forth in the FIU Student Conduct and Honor Code.

Technical Requirements and Skills

One of the greatest barriers to taking an online course is a lack of basic computer literacy. By computer literacy we mean being able to manage and organize computer files efficiently, and learning to use your computer's operating system and software quickly and easily. Keep in mind that this is not a computer literacy course; but students enrolled in online courses are expected to have moderate proficiency using a computer. Please go to the "What's Required" webpage to find out more information on this subject.

Privacy Policy Statements for Partners and Vendors

Please visit our Technical Requirements webpage for additional information.

Accessibility and Accommodation

The Disability Resource Center collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create diverse learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable. The DRC provides FIU students with disabilities the necessary support to successfully complete their education and participate in activities available to all students. If you have a diagnosed disability and plan to utilize academic accommodations, please contact the Center at 305-348-3532 or visit them at the Graham Center GC 190 (BBC: WUC 139, 305-919-5345).

For additional assistance please contact FIU's Disability Resource Center.

Web Accessibility Statements for Partners and Vendors 

Please visit our ADA Compliance webpage for additional information about accessibility involving the tools used in this course.

Academic Misconduct Statement 

Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly to demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. All students are deemed by the University to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook.

Academic Misconduct includes: Cheating – The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources; or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Plagiarism – The use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is responsible for plagiarism.

Learn more about the academic integrity policies and procedures as well as student resources that can help you prepare for a successful semester.

Statement of Understanding between Professor and Student

Every student must respect the right of all to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students must adhere to a standard of academic conduct, demonstrating respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. As a student taking this class: 

  • I will not represent someone else's work as my own 
  • I will not cheat, nor will I aid in another's cheating

Panthers Care & Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

If you are looking for help for yourself or a fellow classmate, Panthers Care encourages you to express any concerns you may come across as it relates to any personal behavior concerns or worries you have, for the classmate’s well-being or yours; you are encouraged to share your concerns with FIU’s Panthers Care website.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free and confidential help for anxiety, depression, stress, and other concerns that life brings. Professional counselors are available for same-day appointments. Don’t wait to call 305-348-2277 to set up a time to talk or visit the online self-help portal.

Course Prerequisites

 There are no prerequisites for this course. Review more information about prerequisites in the course catalog.

Required Textbook and Course Materials

Wine Folly
title : 
Wine Folly
authors : 
Madeline Puckette, Justin Hammack
publisher : 


publish date : 

Dec 2014

isbn 10 : 


isbn 13 : 


Expectations of this Course

This is an online course, which means most (if not all) of the course work will be conducted online. Expectations for performance in an online course are the same for a traditional course. In fact, online courses require a degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and technology skills which can make these courses more demanding for some students.

Students are expected to:

  • Review the getting started page located in the course modules;
  • Introduce yourself to the class during the first week by posting a self-introduction in the appropriate discussion;
  • Take the practice quiz to ensure that your computer is compatible with the learning management system, Canvas;
  • Interact online with instructor and peers;
  • Review and follow the course calendar and weekly outlines;
  • Log in to the course X times per week;
  • Respond to discussions by the due date specified. No late work will be accepted; 
  • Respond to emails within X days; 
  • Submit assignments by the corresponding deadline.

The instructor will:

  • Log in to the course X times per week;
  • Respond to discussion postings within X days of the deadline
  • Respond to emails within X hours
  • Grade assignments within X days of the assignment deadline.

Course Detail

Course Communication

Communication in this course will take place via the Canvas Inbox. Check out the Canvas Conversations Tutorial or Canvas Guide to learn how to communicate with your instructor and peers using Announcements, Discussions, and the Inbox. I will respond to all correspondences within insert turnaround time.


Zoom is a video conference tool that you can use to interact with your professor and fellow students by sharing screens, chatting, broadcasting live video/audio, and taking part in other interactive online activities. We will be utilizing this tool to conduct virtual office hours.

Zoom meetings can be accessed via the Zoom link in the course navigation menu. Once you click on the Zoom link, it will route you to join the meeting for the respective class session. You will also be able to view upcoming meetings, previous meetings that you have already joined, and meeting recordings. Before joining an actual class session:

If you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact the FIU Canvas Help Team. Please ensure you contact support immediately upon the issue occurring.


Tasting Journal

A series of tasting exercises will be carried out in class. Students are to complete the tasting and submit their tasting notes on Canvas.  We will be tasting 1 to 2 wines per tasting session. The class will follow the wine tasting guidelines set forth by the Wine Tasting Evaluation Form. 

Wine tasting and judging wines is subjective, each individual has a different palate and personal experience. There is no right or wrong answer when tasting and judging wine. With this in mind, journals are graded on the quality of the writing and the detailed examination of the wine.  

Wine tasting entries should include:

  1. Appearance (Clarity, Intensity, Color)
  2. Nose (Condition, Intensity, Aroma Characteristics)
  3. Flavor (Sweetness, Acidity, Tannin, Body, Flavor Characteristics, Finish)
  4. Conclusions (Quality, Personal Opinions, suggestions of a food to pair with the wine)

Please Note: Tasting notes that clearly looked faked or made up will not be accepted and will automatically receive a zero (0) grade.

Students will also be expected to provide prepared questions on the info presented in the supplemental notes.

Review the rubric attached to the assignment for further details.


Students will prepare a blend of several wines saved from earlier tastings. The wines in the prepared blend may be all red, all white, all pink, or a mix of some of these. Students will taste the blended wine and write notes on its sensory characteristics. Students will prepare a report that contains the sensory notes of each wine in the blend and the sensory notes on the blend, and a summary that describes the differences in sensory characteristics. Final comments should state student’s opinion on how the blend compared to its components (better, worse, or comparable).

Review the rubric attached to the assignment for further details.


Midterm Exam

  • The midterm exam will be available from Tuesday following the class on-line session – Friday 11:59 PM (23:59)
  • Exam will be a mixture of Multiple Choice, True & False, Fill-in the Blank, and Matching questions
  • There will be no makeup examinations and the exam must be taken during the availability period

Final Exam

  • The final exam will be available following the November class on-line session – Friday 11:59 PM (23:59)
  • Exam will be a mixture of Multiple Choice, True & False, Fill-in the Blank, and Matching questions
  • There will be no makeup examinations and the exam must be taken during the availability period 

Exams are automatically graded and results are available immediately upon completion.

In order to mitigate any issues with your computer and online assessments, it is very important that you take the "Practice Quiz" from each computer you will be using to take your graded quizzes and exams. It is your responsibility to make sure your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements.

All assessments will auto-submit when (1) the timer runs out OR (2) the closing date/time is reached, whichever happens first. For example, if a quiz has a closing time of 5:00 pm but the student begins the exam at 4:55 pm, the student will only have 5 minutes to complete the quiz.

Assessments in this course are not compatible with mobile devices and should not be taken through a mobile phone or a tablet. If you need further assistance please contact FIU Online Support Services.


Late Assignment Submission Policy

No late assignments or tasting journal entries will be accepted. Always double check your assignment submissions to make sure they have been submitted and submitted correctly on Canvas.  

Course RequirementsNumber of ItemsPoints for EachTotal Points AvailableWeight
Tasting Journal
Midterm Exam
Final Exam110010033.3%
LetterRange (%)LetterRange (%)
LetterRange (%)
A95 or above
B83 - 86
C70 - 76
A-90 - 94
B-80 - 82

60 - 69


87 - 89


77 - 79


59 or less

Course Calendar

Modules Weekly Schedule