Articles by author: Brock University

  • November & December Dates & Deadlines

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE)
    This is a beginner level wine course for those starting a wine career or those wishing to explore wine for personal interest. There is no prerequisite to register and WSET Level 1 in Wine is not a prerequisite for registration in WSET Level 2 in Wine. Please email CCOVI@brocku.ca to confirm your comfort level.
    November 29 to December 26, 2021
    Registration Deadline:November 19 (by 10 am)*
    For more information and to register click here

    December 13 to January 9, 2022

    Registration Deadline: December 3 (by 10 am)*
    For more information and to register click here

    December 27 to January 23, 2022

    Registration Deadline: December 17 (by 10 am)*
    For more information and to register click here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE)
    Explore major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown, the styles of wines produced from these grapes and key classifications and labelling terminology.
    November 29 to January 2, 2022
    Registration Deadline: November 19 (by 10 am)*
    For more information and to register click here

    December 13 to January 16, 2022
    Registration Deadline: December 3 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    December 27 to January 30, 2022

    Registration Deadline:December 17 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE)
    This is a beginner level course for those starting a career in the spirits industry or those wishing to explore spirits for personal interest. There is no prerequisite to register and WSET Level 1 in Spirits is not a prerequisite for registration in WSET Level 2 in Spirits. Please email CCOVI@brocku.ca to confirm your comfort level.
    Monday January 10 to February 6, 2022
    Registration Deadline:December 17, 2021 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE)
    This is a specialized program for individuals wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs. You’ll learn about the production methods and characteristics of the main spirit categories while also exploring key brands and the use of spirits in cocktails.
    November 29 to January 2, 2022
    Registration Deadline:November 19 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    CIDER AND PERRY PRODUCTION- FOUNDATION (ONLINE)
    CINA instructors have collaborated to develop a first-of-its-kind online Foundation course to boost your cider production career or hobby. 
    Fermentation experts from Brock University, Cornell University, Washington State University, and Virginia Tech will introduce you to the fundamentals of cider making as well as the history and traditions behind the modern cider and perry industry. World-renowned cider makers will lead live discussion about the application of production knowledge to a career in the cider industry. Cider samples and fermentation kits will be sent to all participants for sensory analysis and product development throughout the course.
    August 31 – December 14 (online)
    For more information and to register click here

    REMOTE INVIGILATION EXAMS:

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Monday December 13 from 5:30 -6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: November 19 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday December 20 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: November 16 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Monday December 13 from 5:30 – 6:15 pm – 45 minutes)
    Registration Deadline: November 19 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday December 20 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: November 16 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Monday December 13 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: November 19 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday December 20 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: November 16 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Monday December 13 from 5:30- 6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: November 19 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday December 20 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: November 16 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Categories: Dates and Deadlines, What's happening at CCOVI

  • Brock’s CCOVI celebrates 25 years of research excellence

    Karl Kaiser and Donald Ziraldo at the opening of Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, in the new Inniskillin Hall building, in 1999.


    Although harvest season is always a special time in Niagara, this vintage also marks a major milestone for Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).

    The Institute turned 25 last month, commemorating a quarter-century since its inception on Oct. 26, 1996.

    “While things have changed a great deal over the past 25 years, our commitment to our industry and community partners has remained at the heart of what we do at CCOVI,” Director Debbie Inglis said. “It has been amazing to see everything we have accomplished together.”

    The time for popping sparkling wine and gathering in celebration will come in 2022, as soon as it is safe to do so in true CCOVI style. For now, the CCOVI team is reflecting on its two and a half decades of achievements.

    The idea for CCOVI began at the Queen’s Landing Forum in Toronto, where 37 individuals from Brock University and the grape and wine community determined that the industry needed its own cool climate grape and wine research institute.

    In this Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) file photo, Jim Willwerth is seen collecting samples of grapevines for CCOVI’s VineAlert program.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A short time later, CCOVI was born, in partnership with the Wine Council of Ontario (now known as the Ontario Craft Wineries and Wine Growers Ontario) and the Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO).

    The Institute has since become internationally recognized for its leading-edge research and its continuing education, outreach and professional development opportunities. It is still supported by its inaugural partners today and has inked new partnerships with Ontario Grape and Wine Research Inc. (OGWRI) and the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN), among others.

    A year after CCOVI was created, Brock’s Oenology and Viticulture program welcomed its first cohort of undergraduate grape and wine students. Hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students have been trained by the CCOVI team since.

    In 1999, Donald Ziraldo and John Howard led a $2.1-million fundraising campaign from members of the national grape and wine industry, allowing CCOVI to open the doors to its very own building: Inniskillin Hall.

    Del Rollo, Chair of The Board Of Directors, Wine Growers Ontario, said all the Institute has achieved over the past 25 years “has been, and will continue to be, fundamental to the success of Ontario’s grape and wine industry.”

    “Wine Growers Ontario thanks CCOVI for its dedication to our industry that supports more than 18,000 jobs in Ontario,” he added.

    Tim Kenyon, Brock’s Vice-President, Research, congratulated “the entire CCOVI team” for the tangible impact its research program has had over the last two and a half decades.

    “CCOVI has earned its excellent reputation by supporting scientific and scholarly inquiry in genuine collaboration with industry, community and government partners,” he added.

    Ziraldo, who is still a close partner of the institute today, points to the flagship VineAlert program as an example of the game-changing research coming out of CCOVI. The program alerts growers to plummeting temperatures so they can turn on their wind machines to help protect their vines from winter damage.

    “Before CCOVI created this, you had to essentially go out and hold a thermometer up in the air,” Ziraldo recalled. “I remember driving around at night to check the temperature of different vineyards, it was just crazy. Now you can set it up so that the wind machine comes on automatically to align with Brock’s data.”

    CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis, centre, is pictured speaking with Karl Kaiser and Donald Ziraldo at the 10th anniversary celebration of Brock’s Oenology and Viticulture program in 2010.

    OGWRI Chair Matthias Oppenlaender and GGO CEO Debbie Zimmerman also raised a glass to the impact CCOVI has had on “Ontario’s 500 grape growing farm families.”

    “CCOVI’s ongoing research and support of Ontario’s grape growers is crucial in improving grapevine health, including mitigating winter injury,” they said in a joint statement on behalf of the GGO, OGWRI and CGCN. “The successful development of VineAlert is a major accomplishment for CCOVI and an important tool for protecting our vineyards to ensure the local grape and wine industry remains strong and sustainable.”

    CCOVI’s robust research program tackles industry research priorities from the vine to the glass, as well as providing Preharvest Monitoring, Analytical Services and Grapevine Virus Testing. It also hosts thousands of community and industry members at its outreach events every year and provides professional certifications in wine, cider and spirits to more than 200 continuing education students annually.

    Ontario Craft Wineries President Richard Linley said the organization has been “proud to partner” with CCOVI, highlighting their collaboration on the first-of-its-kind Certification in Ontario Wine.

    “We look forward to further building on our partnership with CCOVI as our industry and this valuable institution continues to grow,” he added.

    As for what lies ahead, Inglis is excited by CCOVI’s work to better understand consumer choice using augmented and virtual reality technology in the Institute’s R3CL Lab, its initiatives to support the sustainability of the industry and mitigate the impacts of climate change, and the implementation of a national clean plant program for grapevines.

    All of which, she stresses, are possible thanks to CCOVI’s strong partnerships.

    Brock University Interim President Lynn Wells echoes the sentiment.

    “CCOVI’s numerous research, outreach and continuing education activities over the past 25 years have created meaningful and lasting partnerships within our local community and beyond,” she said. “We look forward to seeing what the next 25 years will bring.”


    Read the Brock News Story 

    Categories: What's happening at CCOVI

  • New Outreach Brief Available: Tips For Managing Sour Rot in the Winery

    Sour rot is a recurring problem in early season thin-skinned, tight-clustered grape varieties, such as Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Gamay and Baco noir, and has been responsible for more than $1.5 million in crop loss in a given season in the Ontario region, when weather conditions promote infection.

    CCOVI has assembled an Outreach Brief: Tips For Managing Sour Rot in the Winery, to help the industry addresses the challenges associated with sour rot, such as helping winemakers minimize the negative impacts of sour rot on wine quality and decrease a loss of income from reduced yield.

    This brief was created with support from Ontario Grape and Wine Research Inc. and the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network(CGCN-RCCV), as part of the Grape and Wine Science research cluster.

    Download the brief

     

    Categories: What's happening at CCOVI

  • Brock University toasts gift of 2,500 historically significant wines

    23 September 2021
    R0096
    Brock University — Marketing and Communications


    Renowned wine expert Michael Vaughan has selected Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) as the new home of his impeccably preserved collection of award-winning Canadian wines.

    The Michael Vaughan Wine Collection contains 2,500 bottles of historical wines from across the country, including a number of extremely rare bottles that date back decades. The collection has been personally curated and preserved by Vaughan and contains some of the last-remaining bottles of their kind that are still in mint condition and drinkable.

    Vaughan, who earned his PhD in International Economics from the University of Toronto, was a Professor of Economics at Ryerson University before becoming an award-winning national wine writer and critic. He said his collection was curated with intellectual pursuits in mind. As an educator himself, Vaughan said he felt CCOVI’s state-of-the-art facilities and reputation for research and educational excellence made it an ideal partner for both housing and utilizing his unique collection.

    “I wanted to make sure the wines I have accumulated went somewhere where they could be a useful learning experience,” he said. “I wanted to share them with an academic institution. The most important one for me was Brock, because it made sense that it went to a place where the students, the faculty and the winemakers could experience the evolution of these wines and see how good they still were and how they had changed over all of these years.”

    Brock University has become a trusted steward for unique, historically significant collections, including the Alexander Hamilton collection that was donated to the Brock Library’s Archives and Special Collections last year.

    Debbie Inglis, Director of Brock’s CCOVI, said the Michael Vaughan Wine Collection is a prime example of how gifts of this kind and ongoing partnerships with donors can serve students, researchers and the community for years to come.

    “This generous donation, coupled with Michael’s expertise, will be a valuable asset to the Institute as we work to address the evolving research and outreach needs of our industry and educate future generations of grape growers and winemakers,” she said. “This collection serves as a living history of the evolution of Canadian wine, allowing us to learn from the past and bolster the sustainability and success of our industry in the future.”

    The collection will be housed in CCOVI’s 44,000-bottle capacity wine cellar, where the wines will be climate-controlled, archived and preserved as part of the Institute’s Canadian Wine Library.

    “This donation contains wines from some of Canada’s top wine vintages, including 1998 and 1999, and to have these coming through our doors is very exciting,” said Barb Tatarnic, CCOVI’s Manager of Continuing Education and Outreach. “It opens up a treasure trove of opportunities for CCOVI to take a deep dive into these wines and to offer tastings and research opportunities that look at things like ageability, the impact that good vineyard practices have on the quality of wines, climate, weather impacts on vintage variation and much, much more.”

    Vaughan has been studying, collecting and writing about wine for more than 50 years, documenting the 1970s resurgence of the Canadian wine industry first-hand. He is the editor and creator of Vintage Assessments, a not-for-profit publication dedicated to professional buyers, sommeliers and wine lovers, and has personally tasted and critiqued tens of thousands of the world’s top wines.

    The value of the collection he is gifting to Brock lies in the health of the wines themselves, which he preserved in a climate- and humidity-controlled environment and routinely evaluated for quality using a time-honoured technique to preserve their integrity.

    “I keep my wine very cold because I don’t want it to evolve, so my secret of having wines that are still drinkable after 50 years is the temperature,” Vaughan said. “The wines that have been donated to CCOVI had never moved out of my climate-controlled storage.”

    Vaughan will continue to offer his breadth of expertise and collaborate with CCOVI on various outreach, research and educational opportunities involving the presentation of these wines going forward.

    “This is the fun part,” he said. “I really want to continue working with Brock, including on some interesting projects I have in mind.”

    CCOVI, which is poised to celebrate its 25th anniversary in October, is developing plans for hosting these opportunities, as well as an event to celebrate the donation, in the near future.


    CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis and wine expert Michael Vaughan are available for media interviews.

    Included media:

    • Video — A video package can be found and embedded from YouTube here. B-roll and a non-branded version are available upon request .
    • MichaelVaughan.jpg — Toronto-based wine expert Michael Vaughan has donated his collection of rare, award-winning Canadian wines to Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.
    • DebbieInglis.jpg — Debbie Inglis, Director of Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, is pictured adding some of the wines in the Michael Vaughan Wine Collection to the Institute’s cellar.
    • VaughanInfographic1.jpg — By the Numbers of CCOVI and Michael Vaughan Wine Collection.
    • VaughanInfographic2.jpg — Highlights of the Michael Vaughan Wine Collection being donated to Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.

      For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

      * Dan Dakin, Manager Communications and Media Relations, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca or 905-347-1970

      * Sarah Ackles, Marketing and Communications Officer, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University sackles@brocku.ca, 289-783-5478

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    Categories: Media releases

  • Brock University toasts gift of 2,500 historically significant wines

    Toronto-based wine expert Michael Vaughan has donated his collection of rare, award-winning Canadian wines to Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). 


    Renowned wine expert Michael Vaughan has selected Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) as the new home of his impeccably preserved collection of award-winning Canadian wines.

    The Michael Vaughan Wine Collection contains 2,500 bottles of historical wines from across the country, including a number of extremely rare bottles that date back decades. The collection has been personally curated and preserved by Vaughan and contains some of the last-remaining bottles of their kind that are still in mint condition and drinkable.

    Vaughan, who earned his PhD in International Economics from the University of Toronto, was a Professor of Economics at Ryerson University before becoming an award-winning national wine writer and critic. He said his collection was curated with intellectual pursuits in mind. As an educator himself, Vaughan said he felt CCOVI’s state-of-the-art facilities and reputation for research and educational excellence made it an ideal partner for both housing and utilizing his unique collection.

    “I wanted to make sure the wines I have accumulated went somewhere where they could be a useful learning experience,” he said. “I wanted to share them with an academic institution. The most important one for me was Brock, because it made sense that it went to a place where the students, the faculty and the winemakers could experience the evolution of these wines and see how good they still were and how they had changed over all of these years.”

    Brock University has become a trusted steward for unique, historically significant collections, including the Alexander Hamilton collection that was donated to the Brock Library’s Archives and Special Collections last year.

    CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis holds wine from Michael Vaughan Wine Collection in CCOVI's wine cellar

    CCOVI Debbie Inglis is pictured adding some of the wines in the Michael Vaughan Wine Collection to the Institute’s cellar.


    Debbie Inglis, Director of Brock’s CCOVI, said the Michael Vaughan Wine Collection is a prime example of how gifts of this kind and ongoing partnerships with donors can serve students, researchers and the community for years to come.

    “This generous donation, coupled with Michael’s expertise, will be a valuable asset to the Institute as we work to address the evolving research and outreach needs of our industry and educate future generations of grape growers and winemakers,” she said. “This collection serves as a living history of the evolution of Canadian wine, allowing us to learn from the past and bolster the sustainability and success of our industry in the future.”

    The collection will be housed in CCOVI’s 44,000-bottle capacity wine cellar, where the wines will be climate-controlled, archived and preserved as part of the Institute’s Canadian Wine Library.

    “This donation contains wines from some of Canada’s top wine vintages, including 1998 and 1999, and to have these coming through our doors is very exciting,” said Barb Tatarnic, CCOVI’s Manager of Continuing Education and Outreach. “It opens up a treasure trove of opportunities for CCOVI to take a deep dive into these wines and to offer tastings and research opportunities that look at things like ageability, the impact that good vineyard practices have on the quality of wines, climate, weather impacts on vintage variation and much, much more.”

    Vaughan has been studying, collecting and writing about wine for more than 50 years, documenting the 1970s resurgence of the Canadian wine industry first-hand. He is the Publisher/Editor of Vintage Assessments, a not-for-profit publication dedicated to professional buyers, sommeliers and wine lovers, and has personally tasted and critiqued tens of thousands of the world’s top wines.

    The value of the collection he is gifting to Brock lies in the health of the wines themselves, which he preserved in a climate- and humidity-controlled environment and routinely evaluated for quality using a time-honoured technique to preserve their integrity.

    “I keep my wine very cold because I don’t want it to evolve, so my secret of having wines that are still drinkable after 50 years is the temperature,” Vaughan said. “The wines that have been donated to CCOVI had never moved out of my climate-controlled storage.”

    Infographic showing stats on five Canadian wines in Michael Vaughan Wine Collection

    Vaughan will continue to offer his breadth of expertise and collaborate with CCOVI on various outreach, research and educational opportunities involving the presentation of these wines going forward.

    “This is the fun part,” he said. “I really want to continue working with Brock, including on some interesting projects I have in mind.”

    CCOVI, which is poised to celebrate its 25th anniversary in October, is developing plans for hosting these opportunities, as well as an event to celebrate the donation, in the near future.

    Read the story in The Brock News

    Categories: What's happening at CCOVI

  • Registration now open for CCOVI’s virtual Wine Pairing Experience

    Registration is now open for Brock University’s Homecoming, which will take place from Wednesday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 26 entirely online. As part of that weekend, CCOVI is hosting a virtual Wine Pairing Experience on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

    headshot image of Lawrence Buhler of Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery

    Lawrence Buhler, Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery

    Guests can enjoy an incredible evening learning about VQA wine and connecting with other Brock alumni in a live, virtual tasting featuring Lawrence Buhler (BSc ’03), Head Winemaker for Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery. Buhler will guide attendees through a flight of three wines paired with three delicious meat selections from Piller’s Fine Foods.

    Registrants will be shipped a wine kit, which includes three VQA wines from Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery, three meat selections from Piller’s Fine Foods, as well as tasting notes and instructions on how to prepare for your evening. The cost is $110 (shipping and tax included).

    Guests are asked to please register by Sept. 17 in order to ensure they receive their wine kit in time for the tasting experience.

    CCOVI WINE PAIRING EXPERIENCE | BROCK HOMECOMING

    Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
    ONLINE
    3 to 4:30 p.m. | $110
    Capacity: 25 | Registration closes Sept. 17

    Register here.

    For more information: View the schedule on Brock’s Homecoming website and navigate to the full list of Saturday, Sept. 25 events 

    *Note: Participants must be a minimum of 19 years of age and reside in Canada. Each 750 ml bottle of wine can pour up to 4 glasses, allowing you to share your virtual experience with up to 3 additional people. Brock University remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic and asks that you please continue to monitor public health and government guidelines in your region when planning your evening.

    Categories: Dates and Deadlines, What's happening at CCOVI

  • Canada Day closures for Analytical Services & Grapevine Virus Testing labs

    Notice to all of our awesome customers:

    In observance of Canada Day and a subsequent Brock University holiday, the CCOVI Analytical Services Lab and Grapevine Virus Testing Services will be closed on Thursday, July 1 and Friday, July 2.

    We will be happy to see you all again on Monday, July 5.

    For more information about additional closures and varying hours at Brock University for the Canada Day long weekend click here.

    Thank you,

    – Lisa and Shufen (Analytical Services)
    – Tony and Sud (Grapevine Virus Testing Services)

    Categories: What's happening at CCOVI

  • June Dates & Deadlines

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE)
    This is a beginner level wine course for those starting a wine career or those wishing to explore wine for personal interest. There is no prerequisite to register and WSET Level 1 in Wine is not a prerequisite for registration in WSET Level 2 in Wine. Please email CCOVI@brocku.ca to confirm your comfort level.
    Monday June 28 to July 25, 2021
    Registration Deadline: June 18, 2021 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE)
    Explore major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown, the styles of wines produced from these grapes and key classifications and labelling terminology.
    June 7 to July 11, 2021
    Registration Deadline: May 28 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    June 21 to July 25, 2021
    Registration Deadline: June 11 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE)
    This is a beginner level course for those starting a career in the spirits industry or those wishing to explore spirits for personal interest. There is no prerequisite to register and WSET Level 1 in Spirits is not a prerequisite for registration in WSET Level 2 in Spirits. Please email CCOVI@brocku.ca to confirm your comfort level.
    Monday June 7 to July 4, 2021
    Registration Deadline: May 28 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE)
    This is a specialized program for individuals wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs. You’ll learn about the production methods and characteristics of the main spirit categories while also exploring key brands and the use of spirits in cocktails.
    June 21 to August 1, 2021
    Registration Deadline: June 11 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    CIDER AND PERRY PRODUCTION- FOUNDATION (ONLINE)
    CINA instructors have collaborated to develop a first-of-its-kind online Foundation course to boost your cider production career or hobby. 
    Fermentation experts from Brock University, Cornell University, Washington State University, and Virginia Tech will introduce you to the fundamentals of cider making as well as the history and traditions behind the modern cider and perry industry. World-renowned cider makers will lead live discussion about the application of production knowledge to a career in the cider industry. Cider samples and fermentation kits will be sent to all participants for sensory analysis and product development throughout the course.
    June 30 – August 18  (*New 8-week option, online)
    For more information and to register click here

    August 31 – December 14  (16-week option, online)
    For more information and to register click here

    REMOTE INVIGILATION EXAMS:

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Monday June 28 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: June 4 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Monday June 21 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: May 28 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday June 28 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: June 4 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday July 5 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: June 11 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Monday June 28 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: June 4 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Monday June 28 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: June 4 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

     

    Categories: Dates and Deadlines, What's happening at CCOVI

  • November Dates & Deadlines

    CONTINUING EDUCATION: Courses

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE)
    Explore major grape varieties and important wine regions in which they are grown, the styles of wines produced from these grapes and key classifications and labelling terminology.
    November 16 to December 20, 2020
    Registration Deadline: November 6 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE)
    This is a specialized program for individuals wishing to develop their expertise in spirits and liqueurs. You’ll learn about the production methods and characteristics of the main spirit categories while also exploring key brands and the use of spirits in cocktails.
    November 16 to December 20, 2020
    Registration Deadline: November 6 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    REMOTE INVIGILATION (EXAMS):

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Monday November 30 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  November 6 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday December 7 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  November 13 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Monday November 30 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  November 6 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday December 7 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  November 13 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday December 14 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  November 20 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Monday November 30 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  November 6 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday December 14 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  November 20 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Monday November 30 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  November 6 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday December 14 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  November 20 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Categories: CCOVI Year-in-Review, What's happening at CCOVI

  • Brock’s CCOVI to co-lead $6.2-million national research program supporting clean plant program for grapevines

    Brock University Senior Scientist Sudarsana Poojari is leading the academic team on a $6.2-million national research project.


    28 October 2020
    R0162

    A $6.2-million multi-partner funding commitment will allow Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) to support the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canadian Grapevine Certification Network (CGCN-RCCV) to fast-track the certification of grapevine planting material as virus-free.

    Under Genome Canada’s Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP), CLEan plAnt extractioN SEquencing Diagnostics (CLEANSED) is a jointly funded initiative between Brock, CFIA, CGCN-RCCV, University of Victoria, Université de Sherbrooke, Genome Canada, Genome BC, Genome Quebec, Ontario Genomics, Agriculture and Agri Food Canada (AAFC), Compute Canada, Conseil des vins du Quebec and Illumina.

    CLEANSED uses High-Throughput Sequencing technology with improved sensitivity to simultaneously detect multiple viruses in a grapevine. This genomic-based solution would replace more than 30 tests currently being performed on grapevines to look for diseases. This one genomic test can speed up the release of virus-free grapevine material from three years to one year or less, providing rapid access to valuable new varieties. CGCN-RCCV will use this for testing and monitoring domestically propagated vines, ensuring grape growers have faster and more affordable access to clean vines.

    “This funding will allow grape growers to rapidly improve the health of their vineyards and boost the domestic capacity in the supply of much needed virus-free grapevine plant material in Canada,” says CCOVI Senior Scientist Sudarsana Poojari, who is leading the academic team of scientists.

    The end users of the research are CFIA and CGCN-RCCV, which will implement CLEANSED to ensure Canadian grapevines start clean and stay clean. CFIA ensures grapevine imports, exports and new domestic grapevine varieties for commercialization in Canada are free of regulated viruses and all non-regulated viruses of economic concern, while CGCN will approve and commercialize CLEANSED for testing grapevines in a national domestic clean plant program.

    “The CFIA is pleased to co-lead this project that will implement genomic technologies in support of a leading-edge national ‘clean plant’ program and diagnostics at the Sidney Centre for Plant Health,” says Jaspinder Komal, Vice-President, Science Branch, CFIA. “The solid science of the project will help our grape growers to quickly access healthy plants of diverse new varieties, resulting in increased production. Such approaches will be able to facilitate adaptation of Canadian and world agriculture to climate change.”

    The research is a collaborative effort between academia, government and industry to tackle grapevine virus disease management, which has been identified as the top priority for long-term sustainability of the $9-billion Canadian grape and wine industry.

    Grape growers currently lose an estimated $23 million per year due to grapevine virus infections. In order to both replace infected material and maintain routine vine replacement and modest expansion, growers currently need access to an estimated 6.7 million affordable, virus-free vines.

    High cost and convoluted testing methods, however, have been hindering the ability of growers to obtain those vines, says CGCN Vice-Chair and grape grower Bill Schenck.

    “As growers across the country continue to deal with viruses that effect crop quality and vine health, the timing could not be more perfect than now for this project,” he says. “The industry needs to have a Canadian source of clean vines that have been tested for viruses, and a program that can show the vines are true to type.”

    He says this work will standardize and validate high throughput sequence screening protocols, allowing it to be implemented into a clean grapevine program driven by the industry it benefits.

    Mike Rott, Receptor Project Leader and CFIA Scientist, says reducing the time and cost of testing, while at the same time improving sensitivity and accuracy through CLEANSED, is “critical in a highly competitive international market.”

    CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis says this announcement is the culmination of three years of collaborative work to tackle this priority issue, including previously developed Memorandums of Understanding between CCOVI and AAFC, CFIA and CGCN to support a clean plant program for grapevines in Canada.

    “We’re always looking for rapid, sensitive cost-efficient ways to prove that plant material is devoid from disease, and the application of this research is a milestone for Canada,” she says. “Grapevine is leading the way for the first official clean plant program in the country, where we can be assured that the plants we’re propagating and putting into the ground are free from disease.”

    Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon says “CCOVI consistently brings together major stakeholders in the grape and wine sector to produce breakthrough policies, programs and services in the industry, generating major contributions to local and national economies.

    “This significant grant from Genome Canada shows the confidence stakeholders place in CCOVI’s leadership, research and innovation, one example being the leading-edge CLEANSED virus detection tool.”

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