Syllabus F2013


Instructor  Prof. Roger Dagorn, M.S. Course Section 80571
E-mail       Day                Monday
Phone 718-260-5638 Location          N206
Office¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† N220 Time¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 11:00 a.m. ‚Äď 2:35 p.m.
Office Hours TBD Class Hours 2
¬†   Lab Hours¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 0
    Credits 2



Course Description

This course provides an in-depth evaluation of ‚ÄúNew World‚ÄĚ viticulture and vinification. Wine making methods, service and laws and regulations of the major wine regions of North America, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and South Africa will be studied. Students will taste and evaluate wines.



Course Objectives

Upon completion of HMGT 4997, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine and discuss the laws and regulations that govern wine making practices around the world.
  2. Differentiate viticultural practices utilized throughout various wine regions.
  3. Differentiate vinification methods utilized throughout various wine regions.
  4. Evaluate and identify wines of various countries through proper tasting procedures.


Student Learning Outcomes And Assessment

Student Learning Outcomes Method of Assessment
a. Gather, interpret, evaluate, and apply information about the laws and regulations that govern wine making practices from a variety of sources (Gen Ed: Integration; HMGT: Knowledge) Quizzes, final examination, term project,
b. Analyze and describe various viticultural methods (Gen Ed: Knowledge; HMGT: Knowledge)


Quizzes, class participation, term project, final examination
c. Analyze and describe various vinification methods (Gen Ed: Knowledge; HMGT: Knowledge) Quizzes, class participation, term project, final examination
d. Derive meaning from experience, as well as gather information from observation through proper tasting procedures (Gen Ed: Inquiry, HMGT: Skill) Quizzes, class participation




Prerequisites:  HMGT 2402


Required Text

Koplan, S., Smith, B. H., & Weiss, M. A. (2011). Exploring wine (3rd ed.). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.


Suggested Reading

Johnson, H., & Robinson, J. (2007). The World Atlas of Wine. New York: Mitchell Beazley.


Matasar, A. (2006). Women of Wine: The Rise of Women in the Global Wine Industry. Berkley: University of California Press.


McCarthy, E. and M. Ewing-Mulligan. (2012). Wine for dummies. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Pinney, T. (2007). A history of wine in America, volume 2: from prohibition to the present. Berkeley: University of California Press.


Robinson, J. (2006). Oxford Companion To Wine (3rd Edition ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, USA.


Robinson, J., J. Harding and J. Vouillamoz. (2012). Wine grapes: a complete guide to 1368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours. London: Penguin Group.


Zraly, K. (2012). Windows on the World Complete Wine Course. New York: Sterling Epicure.



Attendance Policy

The department policy for attendance follows the rules printed in the college catalog (page 30):  “A student may be absent without penalty for up to 10% of the number of scheduled class meetings during the semester.

Lecture classes meeting 1 time/week for 15 weeks: 2 allowable absences

Lecture classes meeting 1 time/week for 5 or 7 weeks: 1 allowable absence

Laboratory classes meeting 1 time/week for 15 weeks: 1¬Ĺ allowable absence

Every lateness (up to 10 minutes after the scheduled start time) equals ¬Ĺ absences. As stated in the college catalog, ‚ÄúIf a student‚Äôs class absences exceed the limit established for a given course or component, the instructor will alert the student that a grade of ‚ÄėWU‚Äô may be assigned.‚ÄĚ



Beverage Tasting Framework

Tasting of beverages will commence after the component tasting and continue throughout the semester. Students under the age of nineteen (19) years of age are not permitted to sample alcoholic beverages and tasting is not required. Students whose religious beliefs or medical conditions forbid or prevent drinking alcoholic beverages are not required to taste. Techniques of beverage tasting and the protocol will be demonstrated and explained during the first weeks of the course.


Students are requested to cooperate with the instructor and guest lecturers and each other in setting up the classroom, procuring wine glasses, ice buckets, towels, cutting bread and cheese, waste buckets, garbage pick-up and bussing, and when tasting is completed, remove glasses, bottles and trash. The entire classroom is to be inspected prior to dismissal.


It is important as Hospitality Management students to be concerned with the necessary sanitation and housekeeping aspects of the course.


Seating Arrangements

Seat assignments are necessary due to the nature of the tasting. Each student will be required to take the same assigned seat for each class meeting.


Course Materials

  • Corkscrew/Wine Key
  • Prepare, a personalized, plastic covered, 1¬Ĺ‚ÄĚ or 2‚ÄĚ thick, 3 ring binder, labeled with your name clearly on the front and, corresponding table of contents with tabbed sections for:
  • calendar
  • course syllabus
  • class notes/handouts
  • tasting notes


Grading System:

Quizzes                                   40 %

Term project                            20 %

Class participation                   10%

Final Examination                   30 %

TOTAL                                   100 %


Point Scale:                                        A 93-100  points         A- 90-92.9 points

B+  87-89.9 points      B 83-86.9 points         B- 80-82.9 points

C+  77-79.9 points      C 70-76.9 points

D 60-69.9 points

F 59.9 ‚Äď0 points


Course Assessment

50 points      Quizzes (5 @ 10%pts. Each): Quiz grades are assessed as follows:

  • Quizzes are based on lecture and text book material
  • Quizzes are fill-in-the-blank, term identification, short answer and multiple choice
  • Appropriate use of wine and beverage terminology is expected: spelling counts and students will be penalized for improper spelling
  • Students will be asked to identify wines through a blind tasting
  • There will be NO MAKE-UP QUZZES. If absent the student will receive a zero


20 points      Term Project: This project is in the form of a technical paper and a journal of the wine making process and business.

  • Evaluation of the main issues
  • Understanding of the results of different actions in the wine making process
  • Preparation of a journal and technical paper
  • Ability to communicate the process of making wine in an urban setting


30 points      Final Examination: The exam is a compilation of the lecture notes, tasting notes and text readings from the entire semester.

  • Examination is fill in the blank, term identification and short answer
  • Students will be asked to identify wines through a blind tasting




The mission of the hospitality management department of New York City College of Technology is to provide students with a hospitality career education that integrates applied management practices and theory with liberal arts and sciences.  To fulfill its mission the department will:

offer a comprehensive applied management curriculum;

provide students with the necessary professional and communications skills for successful careers;

foster an understanding of social responsibility through involvement in community service.



Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources.  As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity.  Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion.  The complete text of the College policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the catalog.



As stated in the college catalog, ‚Äúplagiarism is the act of presenting another person‚Äôs ideas, research, or writings as your own.‚Ä̬† Plagiarism will not be tolerated.



Each student has the right to study and learn in a comfortable, safe, supportive environment that promotes self-esteem— free of fear, humiliation, intimidation, offensive or suggestive language.



As stated in the Student Handbook, the use of cellular phones and audio equipment in all academic and study areas of the college are prohibited. Cellular phones, beepers, pagers, IPods, etc. must be turned off during class sessions.  Students are not permitted to take calls or text message during class or to leave the classroom during scheduled class time to conduct a conversation.  Students may not use their cell phones as calculators.



The hospitality management department has developed a standardized format for all oral presentations.  Refer to oral presentation rating form and Effective Speaking Guidelines.



The hospitality management department has developed a standardized format for all written assignments.  Written work must be prepared using APA Style Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition as a reference guide.  All editorial formats, abbreviations, use of statistics, graphs, citations and references must conform to APA style.  Footnotes are not permissible.  Visit the City Tech Library website for APA Style Guides.


Unless otherwise instructed, all papers are to be simply bound with a staple in the upper left-hand corner.¬† No report covers are to be used.¬† All papers must be computer generated, double-spaced on white bond or computer paper (8¬Ĺ ¬≤ x 11¬≤ with no holes), standard margins (1¬≤ top x 1¬≤ bottom x 1¬≤ left x 1¬≤ right), Courier or Times Roman typeface, 12 points.¬†¬† Correct spelling, sentence structure and grammatical construction are expected.¬† Proofreading is a given!


Standard title (cover) page must include assignment name centered on the title page; one double space below, type student’s name; one double space below, type course title / section number; one double space below, type instructor’s name; one double space below, type due date; all entries are centered under assignment name.  Exceptions to standardized format: Memoranda follow a standard memo format.  Internship reports must be spiral bound.




Week #




Lecture Topic

Assignments Due

All reading from:
World Atlas of Wine


October 7

Lecture & Tasting


Review of Syllabus

Long Island AVAs

Guest Lecturer: Barbara Shinn


Read appropriate chapter


October 15

Lecture & Tasting


Wine Making


Quiz & Blind Tasting  # 1    /



October 21

Lecture & Tasting



Wine Making


Read appropriate chapter
Quiz & Blind Tasting  #2    /




October 28 Lecture & Tasting  


Wines and Wine Regions of Argentina and Chile

Guest Lecturer: Nora Favelukes


Read appropriate chapter
Quiz & Blind Tasting  # 3    /



November 4

Lecture & Tasting



Wines and Wine Regions of

Australia, New Zealand

South Africa


Read appropriate chapter
Quiz & Blind Tasting  # 4    /




November 11

Lecture & Tasting




Final Exam & Blind Tasting


Field Trip, City Winery

Read appropriate chapter
Quiz & Blind Tasting  # 5    /




November 18

Lecture & Tasting


Final Project

Wine Making at City Winery



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