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  • December and January Dates & Deadlines

    CONTINUING EDUCATION: COURSES

    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.
    January 11 to February 7, 2021
    Registration Deadline: December 31 (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.
    January 11 to February 14, 2021
    Registration Deadline: December 31 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    January 25 to February 28, 2021
    Registration Deadline: January 15 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    February 1 to March 7, 2021
    Registration Deadline: January 22 (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.
    January 11 to February 7, 2021
    Registration Deadline: December 31 (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.
    January 11 to February 14, 2021
    Registration Deadline: December 31 (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.
    February 10 to May 26, 2021
    For more information and to register click here

    REMOTE INVIGILATION EXAMS:

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Wednesday January 27 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 6 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday February 8 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 15 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday February 22 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 29 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here


    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Wednesday January 27 from 6-7 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 6 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday February 1 from 6-7 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 8 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday February 8 from 6-7 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 15 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday February 15 from 6-7 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 22 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday February 22 from 6-7 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 29 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here


    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Wednesday January 27 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 6 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday February 8 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 15 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday February 22 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 29 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here


    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Wednesday January 27 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 6 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday February 8 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 15 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday February 22 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: January 29 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

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

  • 2019-20 Year-in-Review

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Read the Annual Report on Issuu.

    Download the Annual Report as a PDF.

    Categories: Annual Reports, What's happening at CCOVI

  • Brock alumni invited to cheers to the holiday season in online wine event

    Brock University alumni are invited to virtually connect with one another this holiday season with an exclusive online wine and flavour pairing event.

    The experience is open to Ontario-based alumni and will be hosted by Brock alumnus Gabriel Demarco (BSc ’13), Winemaker and Viticulturist at Cave Springs Vineyard, on Saturday, Dec. 12.

    Co-ordinated by the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) for the Brock University Alumni Association, the online tasting event is a part of an extended slate of Homecoming programming and celebrations.

    “In this unique year, we have the opportunity to continue our Homecoming programming throughout the fall,” says Terry Cockerline, Director, Alumni Relations. “Wine tastings are such a long-standing tradition around Homecoming, so it’s only fitting that we invite our alumni and friends to safely gather, in a virtual space, to enjoy and celebrate together.”

    Registered guests will be shipped three bottles of wine from Cave Spring Vineyards, along with flavour pairings and tasting notes for each. Each bottle can pour up to four glasses, allowing guests to share their virtual experience with up to three additional people within their household or social bubble. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, organizers ask that participants please follow the COVID-19 public health guidelines currently in place in their region when planning their evening.

    On the night of the event, Demarco will virtually guide the attendees through a tasting of each of the wines and the accompanying pairings.

    “I look forward to connecting with my alma mater to share stories of our time at Brock and my passion for wine and viticulture,” he says.

    Demarco adds that he is “truly honoured to be both a Brock alumnus and an active member of the wine industry,” and that his experiences and training from Brock allowed him to “rise to the high level of expectation” placed on him when making wine at Cave Spring Vineyard.

    CCOVI Outreach Manager Barb Tatarnic says the tasting provides a unique educational opportunity that simultaneously supports and strengthens connections between Brock’s growing network of alumni within the grape and wine industry.

    “Since we were unable to come together at the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival for our annual Educate Your Senses wine seminars this year, we’re thrilled to bring this exclusive virtual tasting experience to our Brock alumni,” she says. “We have such a talented and passionate network of graduates working within the industry and this collaboration with Gabriel and Cave Spring Vineyard offers a unique opportunity to share knowledge, build connections, and have some fun this holiday season.”

    The event is open to Brock alumni currently residing in Ontario and will take place virtually on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Each flavour kit is $85 plus HST and shipping.

    Spaces for the event are limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until Friday, Nov. 27.

    To register, please email d.cowan@cavespring.ca or phone 905-562-3581 x304

    More information on the tasting and other alumni events can be found on the Alumni and Donor Relations webpage.

    Categories: What's happening at CCOVI

  • October Dates & Deadlines

    CONTINUING EDUCATION: Courses

    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 9 to December 6, 2020
    Registration Deadline: October 30 (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.
    October 19 to November 22, 2020
    Registration Deadline: October 9 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    November 9 to December 13, 2020
    Registration Deadline: October 30 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    REMOTE invigilation EXAMS:

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Monday October 26 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 2 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday November 2 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 9 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday November 9 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 16 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday November 16 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 23 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday November 23 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 30 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Monday October 26 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 2 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday November 2 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 9 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday November 9 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 16 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday November 16 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 23 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday November 23 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes)
    Registration Deadline:  October 30 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Monday November 2 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 9 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday November 16 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 23 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Monday November 2 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 9 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday November 16 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  October 23 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

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

  • September 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.
    September 28 to November 1, 2020
    Registration Deadline: September 18 (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.
    September 28 to November 1, 2020
    Registration Deadline:
    September 18 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    CERTIFICATE IN ONTARIO WINES (ONLINE)
    From wine enthusiasts to anyone working in a winery, restaurant or retail sales, the Certificate in Ontario Wine is the first online course of its kind that will remove geographical barriers for those looking for a formal introduction to Ontario wine.
    October 2 to November 6, 2020
    Registration Deadline:
    September 25, 2020 (by 4 pm)
    For more information and to register click here

    REMOTE invigilation EXAMS:

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Tuesday September 29 from 6-7 pm — 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  September 7 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday October 5 from 6-7 pm — 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  September 11 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Tuesday October 13 from 6-7 pm — 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  September 21 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Tuesday October 20 from 6-7 pm — 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  September 28 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

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

  • August Dates & Deadlines

    CONTINUING EDUCATION: Courses


    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.
    Monday September 7 to October 4, 2020
    Registration Deadline: August 28 (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.
    September 7 to October 11, 2020
    Registration Deadline: August 28 (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.
    September 7 to October 4, 2020
    Registration Deadline:
    August 28 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here.

    CIDER AND PERRY PRODUCTION – FOUNDATION (ONLINE)
    The Cider Institute of North America’s (CINA) flagship Foundation course is offered several times each year in partnership with our training providers. In response to the continued COVID-19 situation, CINA instructors have collaborated to develop a first-of-its-kind online Foundation course to boost your cider production career or hobby. 
    August 31 to December 18,2020
    Get More information
    Register here.

     

     

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

  • July Dates & Deadlines

    CONTINUING EDUCATION: online exam dates

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINE ONLINE EXAM DATES (RI):

    Monday August 10 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 17 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday August 17 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 24 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Tuesday August 18 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 28 (by 1 pm)
    Register here 

    August 24 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 31 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINE ONLINE EXAM DATES (RI):

    Monday August 10 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 17 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday August 17 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 24 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Tuesday August 18 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 28 (by 1 pm)
    Register here 

    August 24 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 31 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS ONLINE EXAM DATES (RI):

    Monday August 10 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes)
    Registration Deadline:  July 17 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday August 17 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 24 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Tuesday August 18 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 28 (by 1 pm)
    Register here 

    August 24 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 31 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS ONLINE EXAM DATES (RI):

    Monday August 10 from 6-7 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 17 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Monday August 17 from 6-7 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 14 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    Tuesday August 18 from 6-7 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 28 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday August 24 from 6-7 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline:  July 31 (by 1 pm)*
    Register here

    More dates to follow. Contact Barb Tatarnic at ccovi@brocku.ca if you have any questions.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION: Courses


    WSET LEVEL 3 AWARD IN WINE *NEW* (ONLINE)

    The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines offers in-depth knowledge of a wide range of wines and is open to students holding the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines or the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines & Spirits, or completion of our Entrance Test.
    July 20 to September 20, 2020
    Registration Deadline: July 13, 2020 (10 am)
    For more information and to register click here.

    CERTIFICATE IN ONTARIO WINES (ONLINE):
    From wine enthusiasts to anyone working in a winery, restaurant or retail sales, the Certificate in Ontario Wine is the first online course of its kind that will remove geographical barriers for those looking for a formal introduction to Ontario wine.
    August 7 to September 11, 2020
    Registration Deadline: July 31, 2020 (10 am)
    For more information and to register click here.

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

  • June Dates & Deadlines

    CONTINUING EDUCATION: Courses

    June 29 to July 26: ONLINE – WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINE
    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.
    Registration Deadline: June 22, 2020 (10 am)
    For more information and to register click here.

    June 8 to July 12: ONLINE – WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINES
    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.
    Registration Deadline:  June 1, 2020 (10 am)
    For more information and to register click here.

    June 22 to July 26: ONLINE – WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINES
    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.
    Registration Deadline: 
    June 15, 2020 (10 am)
    For more information and to register click here.

    Monday June 1 to June 28: ONLINE – WSET LEVEL 1 IN SPIRITS
    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.
    Registration Deadline:  May 25, 2020 (10 am)
    For more information and to register click here.

    Monday June 29 to August 2: ONLINE – WSET LEVEL 2 IN SPIRITS
    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.
    Registration Deadline:  June 22, 2020 (10 am)
    For more information and to register click here.

    CONTINUING EDUCATION: online exam options

    Starting June 1st WSET students will be able to take their English language examinations for WSET Level 1 (Wine or Spirits) as well as WSET Level 2 (Wine or Spirits) on a computer at their home. Examinations may now be taken using Remote Invigilation (RI) technology. RI enables a candidate to sit their Level 1 exam on a computer in a secure, invigilated environment from their home where they are monitored via webcam, screen sharing technology and a secondary recording device. If you are interested in taking your examination by Remote Invigilation, please review the Candidate Information-Remote Invigilation document to assess your suitability for this type of examination. There is an additional charge to take your examination by RI (see below). Contact Barb Tatarnic at ccovi@brocku.ca if you have any questions and to confirm that you have read the Candidate Information–Remote Invigilation document and will proceed to register for your examination. See registration links below.

    * Requests received past the Registration Deadline cannot be accepted.

    WSET LEVEL 1 IN WINE:  Monday June 15 – 6-6:45 p.m. (45 minutes)
    Registration Deadline:  May 22 (by 4 pm). Register Here

    WSET LEVEL 1 IN WINE:  Monday June 29 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: 
    June 5 (by 4 pm). Register here

    WSET LEVEL 1 IN WINE:  Monday July 13 from 6-6:45 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: 
    June 19 (by 4 pm). Register here

     

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

  • Analytical Services and Grapevine Virus Testing Services to re-open May 11

    Good news! We have been given the green light for CCOVI’s Analytical Services and Grapevine Virus Testing Services to re-open next week. Our hours will be more limited, but we hope to do your essential tests. We will begin accepting emails on Monday, May 11 to begin scheduling sample drop-offs for Tuesday, May 12.

    To keep everybody safe, service procedures will be slightly different for accepting samples:

    Step 1:
    Download and fill out the appropriate Sample Submission form:
    Analytical Services form
    Grapevine Virus Testing Services form

    Step 2:    
    Email the form to ccovilab@brocku.ca (Analytical Services) or virustesting@brocku.ca (Grapevine Virus Testing Services) as a PDF, scan, or picture of the filled form. (No paper forms please!)

    Once we receive the order, we will schedule sample drop-off for the next day.

    Step 3:
    Package your samples in a closed box or bag with the company name on the outside.

    Step 4:      
    Bring your samples to Inniskillin Hall at the scheduled drop-off time. We will set up a table outside of the entry doors, since all of the doors are locked.  Leave your samples on the table and we will retrieve them shortly.

    • Sample drop-offs will be scheduled so that customers can avoid contact with each other. We will be setting up appointments between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
    • Make sure there is no headspace in your sample bottles so they can be stored overnight, if needed.

    For more information on our services, click the applicable link below:
    Analytical Services
    Grapevine Virus Testing Services

    Thanks and talk to you soon!

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

    Categories: What's happening at CCOVI

  • CCOVI Lecture Series continues via livestream April 6

    After a brief hiatus, the next presentation in the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Lecture Series will be held via livestream on Monday, April 6 at 2 p.m.

    CCOVI’s Senior Oenologist Belinda Kemp will livestream her lecture, “Effect on honey, dusty off-flavours and acetic acid in sparkling wines made from varying amounts of sour rotten grapes” from her home using the Lifesize video conferencing service.

    The lectures are open to the public, and all are welcomed to tune in online and learn something new while practicing safe physical distancing at home. Details about accessing the livestream can be found on CCOVI’s Lecture Series webpage. The lecture will also be recorded, and that video, as well as Kemp’s lecture slides, will be available online on the same website. All other slides and videos from past lectures in the series are also housed on the website and will be updated regularly.

    The final lecture scheduled in the series will not take place this year and will instead be added to the 2021 CCOVI Lecture Series. Lester Kwong, CCOVI Fellow and Brock Associate Professor and Department Chair of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, will give his lecture presentation in 2021. Stay tuned for the date of this lecture, and the entire program for the 2021 series, when it is announced.

    Categories: What's happening at CCOVI