Course Requirements

For each course in the certificate program, you will have background readings to complete, videos to watch, and a final assessment or quiz to submit to test your understanding of the material covered. You will have three semesters to complete this coursework – and the current semester (whatever your date of enrollment) counts toward that three-semester limit.

We recommend completing the courses in Module A (Industry Overview) and Module B (Wine and Society) first before moving on to the more advanced topics. Module B contains courses that introduce you to the fundamentals of wine and how it is used and enjoyed.  

A - Industry Overview Module

  • Constitutional Underpinnings of the Wine Industry with Tracy Genesen
  • Wine Labeling with Karsten Lundquist
  • Production, Wholesale, Retail: Wine Distribution in America with John Trinidad
  • Federal and State Licenses, Permits, and Regulations with Tanner Lenart
  • Drafting and Negotiation of Wine Industry Contracts with Brian Ream
  • Wineries and Water with Professor Rick Eichstaedt


B - Wine & Society Module


C - Advanced Wine Industry Module 

  • Wine Clubs: Promise and Peril with Melanie Baker, Becky McIver & Piper Scalise
  • Wineries as Event Spaces with Dean Jacob Rooksby


D - Advanced Wine Law Module

  • Protecting Brand Identity through Trademarks and  Copyright with Professor Jessica Kiser
  • Advertising and Trade Practice Concerns with Rachel Ramey
  • AVAs and Geographical Indications with Richard Mendelson


E - Business/Accounting/Tax Module


Required Books

Participants in the Certificate Program are required to purchase two books that will be assigned in some of the courses. The other readings for your courses will be provided as links within the course website.

You should purchase the following books:

  • Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide by Puckette and Hammack (Avery 2018)
  • Wine in America: Law and Policy by Richard Mendelson (one of the Certificate Instructors!) (Wolters Kluwer 2011)