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The Brief Insider's Guide to Virginia Wine  

The local wine industry has become an important feature of Charlottesville's landscape. This course will provide an "overview." designed to help casual wine drinkers and enthusiasts get a better appreciation of the industry and a background on how it all comes together. Topics will include: 1) history, current status and future challenges, 2) key decisions and steps involved in starting and operating a vineyard, 3) the science and art of making wine - methods, equipment, and decisions involved and 4) an on-site visit to DuCard Vineyards in Madison County, walking through vineyard and winery to see it all first-hand, and also to do a tasting of DuCard wines. Wine tasting at DuCard has a separate $15 fee; transportation is on your own. DuCard Vineyards wine will also be available by advance purchase (details to be set just prior to the first class) to enjoy during the first three sessions, optional for attendees but just somehow seems right! NOTE: Students are expected to adhere to all social distancing and masking requests when on the vineyard tour. The tour will require walking for an extended period. Please wear sturdy footwear and weather-appropriate clothing.