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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Ithaca NY: Fruit of the Vine

February 7-9, 2020

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Registration deadline: 11/22/2019
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What better way to soften the vestiges of winter than to spend a weekend in the Finger Lakes, immersed in the study of wine.

Justine Vanden Heuvel, associate professor of horticulture, will share with us the art and the science of viticulture, while Michael Fontaine—classics professor and oenophile—will recount the culture of wine drinking through the ages. Their lectures will have the illuminating glow of a sauterne, the rich intensity of a port, and the witty sparkle of a fine champagne. You'll learn much—from ways to optimize the flavor and aromas of wine grapes to the binge and bro culture of Renaissance Germany.

Reserve a room from our block at Hilton Homewood Suites or stay at a friend's home.

Justine and Mike will lecture on Friday afternoon, followed by a welcome dinner featuring wine and food pairings at a local restaurant. In addition to Saturday and Sunday's lectures, we'll enjoy lunch at a vineyard and put our new knowledge to the test with tastings at various Finger Lakes wineries.

Join the party by yourself, with your significant other, or with a group of friends. Santé!

Michael Fontaine

Michael Fontaine is a professor in Cornell's Department of Classics and acting dean of the University Faculty. His scholarly specialization is Latin and Greek philology and the literature of the late Roman Republic. He regularly offers lively courses on Greek... > more

Justine Vanden Heuvel

Justine Vanden Heuvel is an associate professor of horticulture who teaches viticulture through Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.... > more

Program notes

  • Program fee: $1,398
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  • Activity level: Easy. Walking is generally over level ground for short distances. May require ability to climb stairs or to stand for periods of time.