This course will provide comprehensive, detailed information about the origins, production and characteristics of all types of alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine and distilled spirits, such as whiskies and brandies. Attention will be given to table, sparkling and dessert wines. The student will gain an understanding of regional beverage styles of North America, the British Isles, France, Italy, Germany, the Iberian Peninsula and the Southern Hemisphere. Production practices and regulations, climatic and political influences, beverage characteristics and deductive evaluation methods will be studied. This is an elective course.