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Wine Enthusiasts Can Enrich Their Minds and Their Palates During NYU-SCPS Course on World’s Finest Wines, Oct. 7

September 18, 2013

CONTACT: Alka Gupta | 212-998-7263 |

Five First Growths of Bordeaux will be Tasted

You don’t need $10,000 – although you do need to be 21 – to experience some of the world’s finest wines during a new, noncredit course being offered by the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) next month.

Taught by Dr. Bjorn Hanson, a renowned hospitality and travel industry expert, and wine connoisseur, the course, “Understanding and Tasting the World's Finest Wines,” will take place on Monday, October 7, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Washington Square Campus. The cost to attend is $495.

A sensory delight for wine aficionados, the samples offered for tasting during the class – the five first growths of Bordeaux – are rare. “Most wine experts and enthusiasts agree – the finest and most prestigious wines in the world are the five first growths of Bordeaux,” said Hanson, divisional dean and clinical professor at the NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management.

The five “first growths” refer to a classification system, developed in 1855, for the Bordeaux wines of France, and are based upon winemaking techniques that have stood the test of time. The best vintages of these wines retail for between $1,000 and $10,000 per bottle, according to Hanson.

In his class, oenophiles will have the opportunity to taste all five first growths and to learn why these wines are special and what makes them great. The class also covers the entire wine experience, including storing, opening, pouring, and tasting wines, as well as wine glasses, collecting wine, recommended books and magazines, purchasing wine (retail and auctions), and less expensive wine choices.

Students must be 21 years or older and must provide proof of age at the beginning of the class. For more information or to register, please visit or call
(212) 998-7200.

About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS ( is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYU-SCPS arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs in fields such as Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Global Affairs; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Advanced Digital Applications and Graphic Communications Management and Technology; Publishing; Professional Writing; Human Resource Management and Development, Marketing, Public Relations and Corporate Communication, Management and Systems, Project Management, and Accounting, Finance, and Taxation; Liberal and Allied Arts; and Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by close to 48,000 annual noncredit enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, workshops, and seminars. The School's community is enriched by more than 27,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members.

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Press Contacts:
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Wine Enthusiasts Can Enrich Their Minds and Their Palates During NYU-SCPS Course on World’s Finest Wines, Oct. 7

Dr. Bjorn Hanson

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