UBC Wine Tasting Ability Course

UBC: Wine Tasting Ability Course

Dean Rickey Yada

UBC Okanagan partners with University of Bordeaux – ISVV (Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences) to create a new course: Wine Tasting Ability (WTA) BC Canada Level One

This course develops foundational knowledge and skills in wine and wine tasting. It is the first level of a newly proposed 3-level WTA BC Canada program being developed through a unique UBC and University of Bordeaux collaboration.

The course allows those who are not acquainted with the world of wine to experience it in all its dimensions, as a multi-sensory environment that reflects the interaction between people and place. The credential is a taster of that complexity.

You will receive top-rate instruction from two industry experts: Dr. Axel Marchal, Professor, University of Bordeaux, ISVV and Dr. Jacques-Olivier Pesme, Director, Wine Research Centre, and founding member of ISVV.

Specific course topics include:

  • Wine tasting principles and the different steps to taste a wine
  • Introduction to the main vine varietals and their characteristics
  • The vocabulary of wine tasting
  • Introduction to wine making principles and the different types of wines
  • Major wine regions of France and wine regions of BC

The wine poured for the sessions comes from France and BC.

Course Information:

What: Three-level Certification; Wine Tasting Ability Level 1
When: 18th or 20th July, 2023; Both days will have the same curriculum, please choose whichever accommodates your schedule
Cost: $499 tax included – Early bird discount valid until June 30th. Industry group discount: purchase 4 and the 5th ticket is complimentary.
Format: 1 day, 8 hours (including educational lunch and a thirty-minute multiple-choice test)

  • Guest arrival time: 8:30am
  • Start time 9am
  • Lunch included in the price of the course
  • Lunch offered 12:00
  • End of educational session: 4pm
  • Multiple choice test: 4-4:30pm

Register now at this link.

Certification is provided by both institutions – University of Bordeaux-ISVV and UBC-Wine Research Centre. ISVV is a world leader in wine research and education

For more information, contact: wine.centre@ubc.ca