Choose from Three Options
- C$79 for a three-hour winery academy course for one (C$159 value)
- C$155 for a three-hour winery academy course for two (C$318 value)
- C$299 for a three-hour winery academy course for four (C$636 value)
Instructors provide students with basic and intermediate wine knowledge, including how to identify varietals, blends, and style; how to store and serve wine; how to pair wines with food; and how to assess quality. In the second hour of class, pupils are led on a backstage tour of Backyard Vineyards to help them understand the grape-to-bottle process. There, they can taste wines still aging in oak barrels.
In the third hour, students go through sensory training with a tasting of five wines and matching gourmet cheeses. At the end, they take home the printed class materials and a personalized certificate of completion. See the schedule.
West Coast Wine Education
What's proper etiquette for the queen's sommelier? West Coast Wine Education's John Gerum confronted this question head on when he served Queen Elizabeth II. Apparently he made the right choice, as he went on to pour wine for prime ministers, presidents, provincial premiers, and cultural icons during his 20-year career. Gerum's achievement distills three generations of fine-dining experience that was passed down from his father, a chef, and his grandfather, a maitre d'. Wine education was always his passion, so when starting out, he sought personal instruction from the master sommelier Andrew Laliberté and demonstrated a palate refined enough to earn him membership and certification from the International Sommelier Guild. Gerum often merges his know-how with other wine educators to cultivate a roster of classes and hone their delivery. These experts join in delineating scotch terroir and describing the bouquet of a student's favourite pinot-stained shirt with an easy professionalism that has enthralled groups of up to 300 people. They share their expertise with casual drinkers and professionals during two-hour workshops, in consultation for store openings and events, and through appearances on Global TV.