Wine Education Options Expand in Nevada: UNLV adds 2-Day Wine Boot Camp

You’ll never know everything about wine, because there’s so much to know. But the state’s higher education system offers wine classes in small sips or big gulps, in northern and southern Nevada.

Ferrari-Carano’s Dry Sangiovese Rose at LaStrada in Reno’s El Dorado Hotel. Photo: @GrapeBasinNews

At UNLV Continuing Education, a new two-day Wine Boot Camp introduces the fundamentals – winemaking theory, varietal study, regional exploration, and tasting theory. The boot camp is two Sundays in October, intended to introduce wine concepts without going into depth. There will also be time for some fun and food pairing.

Instructor Heath Hiudt hopes some of the boot camp students will be inspired to follow up with the more intensive Vine to Wine class, which paves the way for a wine career. But many will find the two-day experience is just enough.

“It lends itself to a group of girl friends, or a couple,” he said.

Hiudt, who is a veteran beverage manager and the Sommelier at the Cosmopolitan’s steak house STK, developed the Sommelier Academy Certificate Program at UNLV.

In the north, Truckee Meadows Community College has “Discovering Wine” on two successive Tuesday evenings in October. Certified Sommelier and Wine Specialist Rebecca Davidson promises a knowledge base that can lead to a lifetime of wine enjoyment and appreciation. The class explores the “characteristics and wine styles of the world’s major grape varieties,” according to TMCC’s catalog description.

Davidson has spent three decades as a professional in hospitality and wine. She also teaches a 3-credit course through the TMCC Culinary department for students on the professional track, featuring history and major varietals. About a third of the class is devoted to the science of food and wine pairing.

Wine Boot Camp at UNLV Continuing Education (Scroll to page 31)
Two Sundays, Octover 14 and October 21
Class is 7 hours with a lunch break
Total Wine at Town Square, Las Vegas

TMCC Community Education “Discovering Wine”
Two Tuesday evenings 6-9 p.m., October 16 and October 23
Total Wine on South Virginia Street in Reno

Food and Wine Pairing (3 academic credits)
Culinary 195
Truckee Meadows Community College Campus
Get information from TMCC Culinary


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