General Information

Professor Information

William Hebrank

William Hebrank


HM 171 or HM 172


Office Hours

Monday and Tuesday 

 1 PM – 2 PM     or by appointment


Other Websites

Course Description and Purpose

HFT 3862 A survey of the Wines of the Old World focusing on French and Italian Wine groups; the most common methods of wine production, French and Italian wine classification systems.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. To appreciate the wines of France.
  2. To appreciate the wines of Italy.
  3. To learn the differences as to how these wines developed.
  4. To learn the varieties and wines of these great vineyard areas.
  5. To learn how the wines of these two countries compare and contrast by areas and varieties.
  6. To feel comfortable with these area’s wines.

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Technical Requirements and Skills

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  • The unauthorized use of any materials, information, study aids or assistance from another person on any academic assignment or exercise, unless explicitly authorized by the course Instructor; 
  • Assisting another student in the unauthorized use of any materials, information, study aids, unless explicitly authorized by the Instructor; and 
  • Having a substitute complete any academic assignment or completing an academic assignment for someone else, either paid or unpaid; and


  • The deliberate use and appropriation of another are work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the Student's own.
  • Assisting another student in the deliberate use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. 

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

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Inclusivity Statement

This course will serve to embrace the diversity and inclusivity found within Florida International University. We appreciate and respect diversity, equality, equity, cooperativeness, community, and sustainability within our online courses. We are committed to the ongoing education of our students and their participation within the course regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, geographical location, religion, and disability. We strive in encouraging collaboration by preparing our students to value the differences in others. At the core of our intentions is the encouragement of acceptance and appreciation of differences within our student population and community.

Textbook and Course Materials

The Wine Bible
title : 
The Wine Bible
authors : 
Karen MacNeil
publisher : 
Workman Publishing, Oct-2015
publish date : 
isbn 10 : 
isbn 13 : 
notes : 
additional notes : 
Additional Notes
Announcing the completely revised and updated edition of The Wine Bible, the perennial bestselling wine book praised as “The most informative and entertaining book I’ve ever seen on the subject” (Danny Meyer), “A guide that has all the answers” (Bobby Flay), “Astounding” (Thomas Keller), and “A magnificent masterpiece of wine writing” (Kevin Zraly). Like a lively course from an expert teacher, The Wine Bible grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals while layering on informative asides, tips, amusing anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, photos (all new for this edition), maps, labels, and recommended bottles. Karen MacNeil’s information comes directly through primary research; for this second edition she has tasted more than 10,000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world. New to the book are wines of China, Japan, Mexico, and Slovenia. And through it all the reader becomes ever more informed—and, because of the author’s unique voice, always entertained: “In great years Pétrus is ravishing, elegant, and rich—Ingrid Bergman in red satin.” Or, describing a Riesling: “A laser beam. A sheet of ice. A great crackling bolt of lightning.”

Course Procedures

1.    You must be over 18 to take this class.

2.    You must sign waiver and return it to me in first class.

3.    You must attend class in live sessions.

4.    Quizzes- Three - dates are posted in the syllabus.

Represents 65% of final grade. It is important -

Quizzes must be completed and returned on time.     

Quizzes and final are take home, 10 questions and in-class 4 questions. Added together comprise your grade.

Quizzes are short answer style and represent 65% of grade 

All quizzes must be returned in printed form! 

No in class quizzes in pencil will be accepted.

5.    Examination- Final Examination given ONLY on date posted, 

      No mid-term. 

     No dropped quizzes, students must complete all quizzes 

     Final Exam will represent 25% of final grade.    

Do not hesitate to ask questions! Also reading the book material is so important to your understanding this class. Keep UP!

Class or Professor Policies

    1. Quizzes must be taken on time. There will be NO MAKEUP

Quizzes and final are in two parts both take home.

They are to be answered completely in lengthy informative style.

All quizzes must be printed out.

No class quizzes in pencil will be accepted.

No dropped quizzes.

2. Final Examination given ONLY on date posted,

      No mid-term. No Final Exam will be dropped 


    3.    Class participation- 10%

    4.    Students are required to attend all classes.

Cell Phones

Cell phones and beepers are prohibited during class.

Course Methodology

To learn about France and Italy’s history of wine, their local, native grapes, the hillsides where they grow, the markets where they’re traded and the foods which developed around them.

Outcomes Assessment Criteria

Standards & Procedures

Each in class 2 to 3 wines, will be tasted and discussed.

Students are required to participate in the discussions in class.

Students will participate in discussion of knowledge and practices

of viticulture and viniculture used in France and Italy.


Students will know how describe wines from each area and be able to compare by varieties and weight.


Students will know how wine became a profitable agricultural marketable product;

perhaps the most important commercial commodity.


Students will know about the emergence of markets and their growing demand for wine that

prepared the way for today’s hospitality industry.


Students will know the geographical areas of Italy and France, north to south and east to west and how these locations such as the Mediterranean Sea influences the resulting wine.


Students will understand on going development, ever changing, of the wine industry

and its critical role in today’s Hospitality industry.

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 24 hours.


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Course Requirements
Number of Items
Class Participation
Final Exam125%

Grading Schema

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Course Calendar

Weekly Schedule

Course Outline HFT 3862 (B51)

ClassDateTasksReading Assignment*

Introduction to France and Italy;

   Tasting Wine

Film: Marula fruit

  Wine’s beginnings in

      Northern Europe

Film: Greek Cities in Italy;Magna Grecia

pp. x -xi

pp. 3 - 121

pp. 412- 417


Film: Rome: Power and Glory

    Roman pushes vine North

Wines of Alsace : Galen calls “austere”

  Varieties into cooler/ wetter areas


Contrast to Austria and Germany 

pp. 931 - 968

pp. 261 - 292

09/06No Class - Labor Day Holiday

Vitis Vinifera origins

   Campania and Greek influence

Film: Pompeii: A City Rediscovered   

   Greco, Fiano, Falanghina

   Wine has Power to Banish Care

pp. 412 - 422

Quiz #1; 

The wines of the Loire River

   Sancerre, Vouvray, Muscadet

   Wine as Medicine

pp.261 -278


White cuisine wines of Central Italy

   Vermentino, Verdicchio, Vernaccia,                                                                                             

       Soave and Pinot Grigio 

Crusades brings Hospitality prosperity  

   Sardenia, Liguria, Latium

pp. 375 – 412

p. 417


Sparkling wines:

   Prosecco and Spumante.

Why drink wine with bubbles in it?

   Cremant and Mousseaux


pp. 331,402 – 403

pp. 350 - 359

pp. 281-298

pp. 173 – 196


Quiz #2;

Wines of Burgundy

    Pinot Noir


Film: Jancis Robinson

Medieval wine,

   The Monks and Their Monastaries

Beaujolais and the Gamay grape

pp. 197 - 227

pp. 227 -234






   Visit: Barolo &


pp. 323 - 348

Red wines of Southern France

     Rhone Valley – Grenache/Syrah

     Languedoc-tradition from quantity to quality direction     Pyrennes Mtns.

pp. 235 - 260

pp. 293 - 322


Merchants of Venice and the Crusades

Film: Miraculous Canals of Venice

Tre Venezie

pp. 349 - 374

pp. 402 -406


Quiz #3

Wines Resurgence in Tuscany

    Chianti and a state of flux

    Montalcino, Montepulciano

    Emilia Romagna

Any extra credit Due/none accepted after

pp. 375 - 400

Bordeaux area:

    Right Bank beginnings St. Emilion

    Eleanor and Henry II

    Left Bank

        Re-Link: London & the Aquitaine

         Transportation and Palatability

    Merlot, Cabernet Franc versus 

    Cabernet Sauvignon

Film: The Dordogne and Lot Rivers

Cabernet of Italy

pp. 137 - 172

Sticky wines delicious sweet wines


    Semillon, Chenin Blanc

    Rot versus Passito

    Selling and serving wines

pp. 137 - 172
1411/29Review session


FINAL EXAM: Only Work Covered 

  11/08 --> 011/29

* Readings are to be completed before each scheduled class period

  The reading assignments are from the required text 

      MacNeil, Karen, The Wine Bible