What’s happening at CCOVI

  • CCOVI Analytical Services and Grapevine Virus Testing Services Holiday Hours

    Your friends at CCOVI Analytical Services and Grapevine Virus Testing Services would like to wish you a happy and restful holiday season with lots of time to recuperate from harvest.

    The labs will be closed on Tuesday, December 22 and will re-open to clients on Thursday, January 7. The last day to bring in samples for analysis is Monday, December 21.

    In order to uphold our standard of service to you, the Analytical Services team will also be doing some maintenance on their equipment during that time.

    Happy Holidays!

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

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

  • International Cool Climate Wine Symposium postponed to 2022 

    11 December 2020
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    The International Cool Climate Wine Symposium (ICCWS) has been postponed to July 17 to 21, 2022.

    The symposium, which will now be referred to as ICCWS 2022, will be hosted at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont. It is being organized by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) alongside its research and industry partners across Canada.  

     Originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, the symposium was postponed to July 2021 earlier this year due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of continued uncertainty and travel restrictions, the symposium’s advisory committee has opted to further postpone to the summer of 2022, ensuring that all delegates can safely enjoy the symposium to its full potential. 

     “While we are disappointed that we have to further postpone, we take everyone’s health, safety and their enjoyment of the symposium very seriously,” said Debbie Inglis, CCOVI Director and ICCWS 2022 Advisory Organizing Committee Chair. “We have opted to delay the conference until we can safely welcome guests from around the world to learn about cool climate grape growing and winemaking together as intended.” 

     ICCWS 2022 will serve as a welcome to Canada to a wide range of international guests, pairing rigorous and diverse scientific content about cool climate grape and wine production with opportunities to network, explore the host city and learn more about Canada’s diverse wine regions.  

     Although many conferences have moved to digital formats in the wake of the pandemic, ICCWS 2022 organizers stressed that the spirit of the symposium relies on the opportunity to come together in-person. 

     “Wine is a highly experiential, cultural and sensory product and we want our delegates to be able to experience all that Canada has to offer together in a physical setting,” said Inglis. “The ICCWS program will deliver cutting-edge academic programming and uniquely Canadian experiences that we cannot wait to share with all of you in 2022.” 

     Brock has developed a five-stage response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic to guide occupancy and delivery of services (including the ICCWS) on campus. This plan is informed by public health and government recommendations and guidelines with the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community as the highest priority.  ICCWS organizers are using this response to guide decision-making in regard to all symposium activities. The University is currently in Brock Stage 3 and will need to be in Brock Stage 5 to hold the ICCWS in-person.  

     Please contact iccws2022@brocku.ca with any questions regarding this postponement and how it pertains to sponsorship, registration, speaking commitments and accommodationsIf you have previously registered for ICCWS and currently hold a credit, there is no need to re-register for the conference should you wish to carry over your registration.  

     Please continue to monitor Brock’s ICCWS 2022 andcoronavirus information webpages, subscribe to the ICCWS mailing list and follow ICCWS 2022 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates as they become available.   

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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

  • 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

  • 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