The President’s Taste Test: Wine Making in Karen Goodlad’s Class

Guests are served student wine blends in the Janet Lefler Dining Room at City Tech

Guests are served student wine blends in the Janet Lefler Dining Room at City Tech

In honor of Presidents’ Day, it is fitting to showcase a class lesson conducted by Professor Karen Goodlad and Prof. Lynda Dias as guest lecturer’s in Prof. Roger Dagorn’s class, HGMT 4997 Wines of the New World, which ended in a wine presentation to City Tech President Russell Hotzler in the University’s Janet Lefler Dining Room.  Students worked in groups to produce new blends and evaluated and voted on which wines to serve in City Tech’s dining room, a veritable lab for students in the Hospitality program.  Student teams created blends called “Spicy Brooklyn” or “Charlie’s Angels” by striking a tasty balance of reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Syrah.  The teams blogged about their experience and various blend formulations on the class website.

This course examines the multi-faceted world of wine, from production to service to economic regulations of wine industries in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa.  Class trips included a memorable one to the local City Winery in Lower Manhattan.  In turn, experts from the industry visited the classroom on City Tech campus.

Click here for more photos of Professor Goodlad’s blending lesson.

4 thoughts on “The President’s Taste Test: Wine Making in Karen Goodlad’s Class

  1. Many thanks go to Prof. Dagorn for supporting this project. Prof. Dias for helping to secure the funds to make these lessons possible and the Julia Child Foundation for their generous support. City Winery was a great partner and the students, well they are outstanding of course!

    • I am thrilled that you found this page and the work of our students at City Tech. Working with wine production in an urban setting is thrilling and the students developed in many ways due to the experience.

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