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Wine Insights (11:015:273)

  1. Semester: Every Fall and Spring semester
  2. Period: Thu, 5:40 – 7:00 p.m. (appr 6)
  3. Format: Lecture. The entire course content, quizzes and schedules will be available on an e-college website.
  4. Credits: 1
  5. Prerequisites and other registration restrictions: 21 years of age and senior undergraduate
  6. Texts: T. Stevenson, 101 Essential Tips – Wine, DK Publishing, 2004


This course is about the biology of wine, not about the marketing of wine. It covers grape growing, wine making, wine tasting techniques, wine and health issues, and wine and food matches.

Learning Objectives

1. To develop a good understanding of what wine is:

  • how to make sense of wine, thecomponents of wine
  • wine tasting techniques and sensory physiology
  • how to make wines, fermentation
  • the viticulture/enology connection
  • grape varieties, where they grow, etc...
  • what the yeast does
  • hazards & health effects of wine
  • wine and food

2. To understand how to choose a wine:

  • Europe: France, Italy, Germany, Spain
  • North America: Pacific Northwest, Canada, US east coast including New Jersey
  • Southern Hemisphere: South America, Australia, New Zealand, RSA

Testing and Grading

  • Class participation is expected and will represent 10% of your final grade.
  • There will be 3 online quizzes accounting for 90% of your final course grade
  • There are also non-obligatory Bonus Point Projects that can count towards your final course grade in addition to the quizzes and your attendance.

Assessment of Student Achievement

  • Review by the instructor of student progress with close advising and mentoring
  • Suggested continuation of undergraduate entomological studies by taking other entomology courses  
  • Participation in internships and other work tailored to career goals, assessed accordingly
  • Recording of professional placement data or continuation to graduate or professional studies

Roles of the instructor in helping students achieve learning objectives

  • Advising to assure that students are being taught in a coherent and academically rigorous way
  • Effective monitoring of student progress
  • Evaluations of the teaching effectiveness of the instructor; If effectiveness is below expectations, work with instructors to improve effectiveness
  • Periodic review of course requirements and content, and assessment tools
  • Inform students of internship and/or employment opportunities
    • Select program faculty in consultation with the office of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences dean of academic programs and/or the unit dean will assist in monitoring and assessing the students’ progress

The Entomology Courses of Study Committee will regularly review the structure and content of the course and the feedback received from assessments and surveys. These reviews will be used to provide the best possible education to students that meet current needs for professionals in entomology. The course content and format, will be modified to improve learning effectiveness.

Rutgers’ Academic Integrity:  Rutgers’ Academic Integrity guidelines can be found at and will be adhered to in this course.

Academic Integrity Policy at Rutgers University requires every student to:

  • properly acknowledge and cite all use of the ideas, results, or words of others.
  • properly acknowledge all contributors to a given piece of work.
  • make sure that all work submitted as his or her own in a course or other academic activity is produced without the aid of unsanctioned materials or unsanctioned collaborations.
  • obtain all data or results by ethical means and report them accurately without suppressing any results inconsistent with his or her interpretation or conclusions.
  • treat all other students in an ethical manner, respecting their integrity and right to pursue their educational goals without interference. This requires that a student neither facilitate academic dishonesty by others nor obstruct their academic progress.
  • uphold the canons of the ethical or professional code of the profession for which he or she is preparing.

Adherence to these principles is necessary in order to insure that:

  • everyone is given proper credit for his or her ideas, words, results, and other scholarly accomplishments.
  • all student work is fairly evaluated and no student has an inappropriate advantage over others.
  • the academic and ethical development of all students is fostered.
  • the reputation of the University for integrity in its teaching, research, and scholarship is maintained and enhanced.


Dr. L. B. Brattsten
Thompson Hall, Room 133
848-932-8166, 732-921-0131
Office Hours: by appointment