Interesting Courses for Oenophiles, Equestrians & Sailors

Winetasting, horseback riding and sailing are not only traditional CNY pastimes, but they are also interesting courses at colleges in the area.

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When you think of Central New York, what comes to mind? Competitive wines? Developed equine business? Pristine lakes? Yes, Central New York is famous for all those scenes. Moreover, colleges in Central New York provide interesting courses based on CNY’s unique qualities.

Wine Appreciation

Wines and food provided in class. Taken by Daisy Zhou.

Wines and food provided in class. Taken by Daisy Zhou.

New York State ranks third in grape production by volume in the United States, and the Finger Lakes is one of the four major wine-growing regions of the state, according to the New York State Department of Agriculture. Relying on its geographical advantage, Syracuse University’s David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics provides a well-received wine appreciation course.

The course introduces wine types, varieties, terminology, labels and regulation. It also covers sensory evaluation of wines, discusses wine lists and explains pairing wine and food. Students can appreciate six cups of different wines accompanied by three dishes of food.

The two-credit course is provided in both spring and fall semesters. Because students have the opportunity to taste wine in class, the course is strictly limited to students who are 21 years old or older. The college also provides a similar wine and beer appreciation, which is considered as one of the top five courses you must take at SU by many students before graduation. But, students can’t take both courses at the same semester. That would be too much fun, now wouldn’t it?

Horseback Riding

Tangelwood Riding Center, where the horseback riding courses  are hold. Provided by Tanglewood Riding Center.

Tangelwood Riding Center, where the horseback riding courses are hold. Provided by Tanglewood Riding Center.

Central New York has a long history with the equine business and students in Central New York have the opportunity to study that business and the horses that its built upon.

Syracuse University offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of horseback riding courses. The beginner course emphasizes dressage, the classical seat used in international competition and basic horsemanship. The intermediate course further develops skills of balance and contact with the house’s mouth. The advanced course is available for riders with appropriate skills and who know how to giddy-up with little instruction.

The courses are offered each semester and are held at Tanglewood Riding Center. The courses require fees, but they are only one credit. Bored with the typical classroom experience? Hit the trails in one of these horseback riding courses.

Sailing

Cornell Sailing team.From Google, under creative commons license

Cornell Sailing team.From Google, under creative commons license

With numerous lakes in Central New York, sailing has become a popular way for residents and visitors to spend a weekend. Trying to hone your waterborne skills? Cornell University offers five kinds of sailing courses to help you hit the water like a pro.

Introduction to Large Boat Sailing, offered only in spring 2015, is open to students of all skill levels. Students learn basic skills necessary to man 23-26 foot sailboats. Lessons include boat handling and sail trimming while keeping heavy wind in mind. Students are sure to become proficient sailors due to the mandatory sixteen hours of going over basic and sailing on Cayuga Lake.