Five-day course an educational immersion in the Okanagan wine scene
New this summer to the UBC Okanagan Continuing Studies course calendar is the UBC Okanagan Wine School — a week-long program that combines wine tours and tastings with classroom education and practical application.
Taking place the week of August 10 to 14, the UBC Okanagan Wine School includes tours of selected vineyards and wineries, and incorporates the foundation level of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) course, which is an internationally-recognized qualification providing a straightforward introduction to wine.
“This program offers a true immersion into wine with not only wine education but also visits to wineries and a genuine look behind the scenes into the wine business,” says Rhys Pender, course instructor and owner of Wine Plus+ Wine School. “It is unique in that you have an entire week planned out for you that provides a diverse insight into the Okanagan wine scene.”
During the week’s classes, students will learn about the key grape varieties of the world and where they are grown, how to taste wine, food and wine pairing, storage and service of wine, and techniques of grape growing and wine making.
The wine school was designed for adult wine connoisseurs of all ages who would like to participate in an authentic and unique Okanagan experience, says Tia-Maria Hoeller, program leader of Continuing Studies at UBC Okanagan.
“It is ideal for both local residents and travellers to the Okanagan, as well as individuals who work in the restaurant and hospitality/tourism industries and are looking to broaden their prospective employment opportunities and enhance their skill set with wine industry training and certification,” she says.
For more information or to register for the UBC Okanagan Wine School call Tia-Maria Hoeller at 250-807-8177 or visit the Continuing Studies web page at http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/continuingstudies.
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