I’m a history buff and little did I know, how much history is involved in this class.
The class is taught by Paul Wagner. Paul is the principal of a marketing communications agency with a no-nonsense approach to combining the strategies and tactics of marketing, public relations, advertising and graphic design to achieve the marketing goals of our clients. Blah, blah, blah….I think it’s just an excuse for him to write off trips to exotic locations to tour wineries, restaurants and rub elbows with the elite of the world’s wine regions. In all seriousness, Paul is the kind of teacher that keeps his students coming back for more. I think there are two students in this calls that are taking Cultural Appreciation of Wine for the 2nd time. I can’t say as I blame them. It’s a darn good class.
This class is a required class for those in the certificate program for Wine Sales and Marketing in the Viticulture and Winery Technology Department of Napa Valley College. I’m one of those people.
Class started August 18. After a long summer off, I was glad to get back to NVC and the VWT department. The class is Tuesday nights 7-10. From previous experience, those night classes can be tough after a long day at work, but this class in particular is fascinating to me, so I think I’ll be ok.
Paul gave us a very interesting exercise on the first night of class.
The whole class, with Paul as the tour guide, took a trip through time. We stepped outside of the classroom and started out in 2009. For every 5 steps we took, went back in time a decade, and Paul told us what was happening, who was a mover and shaker of the time period and what role wine was playing in history and culture.
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And the earliest recordings of man and wine together were still some 2,000 years away in the past. Wine and man have a long past together. Paul finished the journey with a quote from a famous American.
“We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”– Benjamin Franklin
I’m not particularly religious, but that is a great quote and it says much for the impact that wine has on humankind.
Anthony Blackburn is a student at Napa Valley College in the Viticulture and Winery Technology Department. He is also the Student Sales and Marketing Intern responsible for selling the wines made by the students in the student winery. www.napavalley.edu/winery