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MPC Wine Professional Levels I & II Certificates

May 31, 2022
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Options for Enrollment

Enroll for college credit or non-credit, professional development only*
*Contact Outreach@mpc.edu for non-credit, cost saving options

Enroll in Fall or Spring: MPC Enrollment Information

Scholarships available: The MPC Financial Aid Office and the Monterey County Workforce Development Board -Job Seeker Services have financial assistance available for those who qualify.

The Wine Professional Level I Certificate is designed to prepare students to work and excel in the wine or restaurant industry. The program provides an overview of the wine industry, including production, tasting, food pairing, and responsible and professional service. In addition, the elements of wine sales and service are covered. This certificate provides an in-depth exploration into the flavors of the world, the importance of geographic location, laws, tradition, and the winemaker influences. Students taste wines from around the world and learn the techniques of blind tasting to enhance understanding and prepare for industry-recognized certifications.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the difference between viticulture, viniculture and varietals of  wines.
  • Describe what makes up the physiology of taste for wines and demonstrate an understanding of each style of wine.
  • Demonstrate proper wine service techniques and an overall understanding of food and wine pairing.
  • Compare and contrast different wine making techniques and laws that winemakers have to follow depending on the region that they are growing in.

Building on the knowledge gained in the Wine Professional Level I Certificate, the Wine Professional Level II Certificate incorporates an additional five courses including an overview of beer and spirits, origins of wine and Monterey County wine knowledge. In addition, the elements of wine sales and service are covered. This is an advanced certificate following our Wine Professional Level I Certificate.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate wine, beer and spirits through blind taste tests.
  • Distinguish different wines based on their varietal, region and climate.

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