Wine Level 4: The Wine Trade - Global, National, and Local Perspectives


Prerequisite: a passing grade in Level 3

Level 4 gives students an in-depth understanding of issues confronting national wine industries and how these issues relate to the U.S. and local wine trade. Students develop understanding and professional skills by researching assigned topics, participating in teacher-led discussions, and tasting numerous wines under the guidance of instructors. Specialists in the wine trade visit the class to contribute their expertise and provide an interface to the trade. Students share independent research with classmates by giving in-class presentations. A final examination includes essay questions and requires students to compare and contrast “blind” wine samples.

BOOKS: Textbooks are not included but may be purchased at the bookseller of your choice or at Boston University’s Barnes and Noble – 660 Beacon St. (Kenmore Square) – Boston, MA. 617-267-8484.
Note: It is best to call to check availability in advance. You may wish to purchase your books from an on-line source.


  • The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia, by Tom Stevenson (DK Adult: 2005)
  • Oxford Companion to Wine, by Jancis Robinson (Oxford UP 3rd edition, 2006)

GLASSES: Please bring 6 wine tasting glasses to class. We recommend the short-stemmed INAO tasting glasses ($25), available at The Wine Gallery – 375 Boylston St., Route 9 at Cypress St. – Brookline, MA – 617-277-5522.


  • General Public: $2500.00


Meets at Boston University: 808 Commonwealth Ave., Demonstration Room, Room 117 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursdays from February 7, 2008 to May 15, 2008 (15 meetings)