Cool Climate Wines

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Cool Climate Wines


An effect of global warming has been the emergence of new cool climate wine regions.  The Australian island of Tasmania, Moravia (Czech Republic), England and Michigan, among others, are producing stunning wines.


And then there’s Humboldt County – on the verge of emerging.


HumCo’s oldest (and still producing) wine grapes were planted over 30 years ago in Willow Creek, now thick-trunked and gnarled Chardonnay vines on the Gardner Ranch vineyard.  We also grow outstanding Pinot Noir in Southern Humboldt and Orleans, so good it is regularly sourced by talented Sonoma County winemakers.


If you are keen to learn more about wines of the world and how Humboldt figures in, then consider earning a certificate in wine studies through Humboldt State’s eLearning & Extended Ed.  From Vine to Table launches this spring with Winemaking 101 with local winemaker and grape farmer, Wil Franklin.  Other courses that comprise the certificate completion are Viticulture 101, Sensory Evaluation & Service, and Marketing Wine in Humboldt County (and Beyond).


A few months ago I rounded up some wine colleagues and developed these weekend-intensive courses to cover the four fundamental components of the wine industry.  The more you learn and understand about wine the more successful you will be in your wine career.  Whether you are looking to climb the sommelier ladder, plant a vineyard to diversify your crop or start a winery and build your brand, I urge you to check out From Vine to Table.


Also, save the date for the certificate program launch event at Arcata’s new Harvest Restaurant, happening Feb. 27 from 1-3 p.m.  The public is invited to swirl, sip, mingle and learn more about this exciting new learning opportunity.



Pam Long is a Master of Wine, student and wine educator. She presents seminars through HSU’s College of eLearning & Extended Education and OLLI programs.
Emerald contributor since March 2012


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