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Tasting Components

5-week sessions Wednesdays

March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7

Time: 7:30–9:00 PM

Price: $125 + GST per household

Register and pay online

5-week sessions Thursdays

March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8

Time: 7:30–9:00 PM

Price: $125 + GST per household

Register and pay online

Register now for this online course that combines virtual learning with real world wine tasting—safe from your own home!

Join sommelier and wine educator Stacey-Jo Strombecky (courtesy of Renaissance Wine Merchants LTD) for a five-week online homeschool of wine tasting, presented by the University of Alberta's Faculty of Extension, with thanks to our community partner Color de Vino.

A new offering in Extension’s “wine series,” this course will cater to those who wish to have a deeper understanding of major tasting components, and the opportunity to develop their wine tasting skills.

Learn about the foundation of wine tasting as you compare and contrast its five major components: body, tannin, acidity, sweetness, and alcohol content. Within the construct of comparison, you will also explore areas such as climate/geography and wine mapping, use of oak, use of applied viticultural and vinification practices, and stylistic preferences for the given components.

A selection of wines for tasting during class as you examine the different components will be available for purchase from Color de Vino prior to the course start date. The cost is aprox. $300 for 10 full-sized bottles and is not included in the course registration fee. Once registered in the course, the University of Alberta program office will email you the link to purchase your kit as soon as it becomes available.

Each 90-minute class includes 45 to 60 minutes of live instruction, the comparison of two wines, and time for discussion to follow.


  • You must be 18+ to register for this course.
  • This course is a general interest course intended for casual learning and socializing and is NOT affiliated with, nor recognized by, any official certification such as WSET, sommelier & professional certifications
  • Additional Costs: A selection of wines for tasting during class as you examine the different components will be available for purchase from Color de Vino prior to the course start date. The cost is aprox. $300 for 10 full-sized bottles.