Northwest Wine Academy
South Seattle College’s Northwest Wine Academy is the first teaching winery in the Puget Sound region. Classes are designed for students who are just getting a start in the wine industry and for professionals who need to enhance or update their skills.
Tanya Morning Star Darling has been an instructor at Northwest Wine Academy since 2012, She brings her passion for wine, history, and culture to the classroom.
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Wine History A survey of wine and its role in history, religion, art, culture and society from pre-history to the . Subjects include, Neolithic discovery, the Ancient Empires of Mesopotamia, Greece, Egypt, & Rome, the church's role in the middle ages, the influence of the English & Dutch on the great sweet & fortified wines of the world & Bordeaux, the birth of Champagne, birth of new world wine regions, the Phylloxera epidemic, WWI & WWII, American Prohibition, modern wine law in Europe, and contemporary trends. Wine professionals & enthusiasts, history buffs & foodies; this class is fun & rigorous, suitable for all levels, and not at all exclusive to industry folks!*
Introduction to Wines of the World: This course introduces students to the classical regions around the globe. Europe is a strong focus for the coursework, and the class will explore the geography, climate, viticulture, history, vintage variations and winemaking practices in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Austria. The New World regions are covered with an emphasis on California, Washington, Oregon, New York, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Chile and Argentina. Tanya teaches this course in-person, and also online*
Advanced Wines of the World - France, and Spain: This course covers the diverse regions & wines of France and Spain in depth over an entire quarter devoted exclusively to; their history, culture, wines, traditions, current trends & exceptional producers.
* Note: Sensory evaluation of the representative wines is included in every class (in other words, every class includes weekly tasting of rare & extraordinary wines!).