Chen said Purdue’s Winemaking Certificate course gave him a deeper appreciation for wine, as well as the technologies and processes that are transforming the industry. Chen runs a blog where he writes wine and restaurant reviews, and the concepts he gleaned from the course have helped him write stronger, more specific reviews about what makes certain wines so great.
“There were a lot of examples given in the course of technologies that winemakers are using to create better wines,” Chen said. “There are a lot of design considerations that go into creating a winery, and now there are new technologies that help winemakers achieve things like less oxidation during the winemaking process, for example.”
Now, when Chen does wine tastings he can better identify the processes and procedures that make every bottle of wine unique. “When I talk about wine now, I have a much better analysis,” Chen said.
According to Chen, even wine industry novices would benefit from the certificate course. Professor Butzke focuses on making the course modules accessible for people with basic working knowledge of wine production, while also providing deep insights into winemaking principles and traditions for seasoned professionals.
“It’s a great introduction to the wine industry,” Chen said. “It’s a unique and interesting experience that ultimately connects you with other people who also love wine and winemaking.”