What’s happening at CCOVI

  • Winter 2018 edition of the CCOVI News now available!

    Click the image below to read the full newsletter and catch-up with everything that has been happening at CCOVI!

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  • 2018 CCOVI News

    2018 Winter Edition 

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  • April Dates and Deadlines

    April 5 to May 31,  6 p.m.: OEVI 0N06 – WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits (In-class)
    This course deals with all aspects of wine. Learn major grape varieties and wine styles from key wine producing countries of the world, the main spirit categories and understand factors that influence wine quality and price. Students will taste and compare styles as they are guided using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting.
    Register.

    April 14 to May 18: Online – WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
    For students living more than 30 miles from Brock University, or otherwise unable to attend scheduled in-class programs, CCOVI offers the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits online.
    WSET Level 2: Wines and Spirits provides fundamental product knowledge and lays the foundation for the Systematic Approach to Tasting. The Level 2 Award is ideal for those entering a profession in the wine and spirit industry, as well as for the enthusiast who wishes to broaden their knowledge in a structured way.
    Register.

    April 23 to April 27, 8:30 a.m.: Cider and Perry Production – A Foundation
    Course currently at capacity. Please email ccovi@brocku.ca to be placed on the Wait List for the next available course.

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  • March Dates and Deadlines

    CCOVI Lecture Series
    The lecture series will run every Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. until March 26. For a complete list of speakers and topics, visit the CCOVI Lecture series page on the CCOVI website.

    March 3 to April 6: Online – WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
    For students living more than 30 miles from Brock University, or otherwise unable to attend scheduled in-class programs, CCOVI offers the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits online.
    WSET Level 2: Wines and Spirits provides fundamental product knowledge and lays the foundation for the Systematic Approach to Tasting. The Level 2 Award is ideal for those entering a profession in the wine and spirit industry, as well as for the enthusiast who wishes to broaden their knowledge in a structured way.
    Register.

    Saturday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m. : OEVI 0N05 – WSET Level 1 Award in Wine
    For individuals new to wine, this qualification provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine. You’ll explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell and taste, while also gaining the basic skills to describe wines accurately and make food and wine pairings.
    Register.

    March 17 to April 20: Online – WSET Level 2 in Spirits
    For students living more than 30 miles from Brock University, or otherwise unable to attend scheduled in-class programs, CCOVI offers the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits online.
    This 5 week course includes 6 hours of study per week. However the course has no fixed study times – this course utilises on-line resources to allow students to study alongside their peers under the guidance of a WSET tutor. Each week includes a series of online activities, often based around group discussion, with an online tutor allocated to guide the students’ studies. A timed feedback test is provided at the end of each week for students to practice for the exam and assess their understanding of that week’s topics. Group tasting activities are also provided to familiarise students with the Systematic Approach to Tasting specific to spirits.
    Register.

    March 23 – 25: Cuvée Grand Tasting and Cuvée en Route
    Join us as we celebrate our 30th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting on March 23 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.
    Guests will have the opportunity to taste wines that were selected by each winemaker as their favourite. What wine will each winemaker choose?  Their selections will be revealed at the tasting.
    To complement the VQA wine selection, guests will also have the opportunity to sample signature dishes created at live cooking stations by local and guest chefs.
    The Après Cuvée Party will keep the celebration going with dancing to Cuvée’s featured band – The Associates.  Après Cuvée features sparkling wine, Icewine as well as local craft beer and cider stations.
    Grand Tasting 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Après Cuvée party 9:30 p.m. to midnight

    Continue your wine-weekend with the Cuvée en Route passport program, that runs from March 23 – March 25.

    Buy your tickets today at cuvee.ca 

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  • Brock set to share cutting-edge wine research with return of CCOVI Lecture Series

    MEDIA RELEASE: 10 JANUARY 2018 –R00006

    Wine aficionados from around the world can soak up Brock University’s leading grape and wine research as the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Lecture Series returns for its 11th year.

    Ten speakers from across CCOVI’s network of researchers, scientists, fellows and professional affiliates are participating in this year’s series. Topics will span a wide range from the debate over screw cap versus cork closures on wine bottles, to why we buy certain sparkling wines and the latest research on cold hardiness, leaf removal impacts and extracting polyphenolics during ice syrup production.

    The series has become a highly anticipated event both locally and for those accessing the lecture remotely through livestreaming capabilities. In 2017, the CCOVI Lecture Series garnered more than 1,200 views from 51 countries around the world.

    “We are pleased to once again bring the latest in grape and wine research from the lab to the classroom,” said CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis. “Sharing knowledge and providing outreach opportunities like the lecture series is an important part of CCOVI’s mandate and is of tremendous benefit to our industry and our students.”

    The series will begin Monday, Jan. 15 with a special presentation of the late Karl Kaiser’s popular talk, “Pinot Noir: The savage yet seductive grape,” by Flat Rock Cellars winemaker David Sheppard.

    Having worked predominantly on Pinot Noir production alongside Kaiser at Inniskillin makes Sheppard uniquely qualified to pay tribute to the industry icon though sharing his still-relevant lecture with a new audience.

    “Being able to once again share Karl Kaiser’s lecture and record it for future generations to access is so exciting,” said Inglis. “He was a gifted educator and there is no better way to pay tribute to his life’s work than beginning our lecture series by educating a new generation.”

    The free lectures start at 2 p.m. every Monday and will take place in room H313 of the Mackenzie Chown complex at Brock University. Paid parking is available in the nearby Lot E. The lectures will also be available to watch online by visiting webapp.lifesizecloud.com

    For more information and to see archived lecture videos, visit the CCOVI Lecture Series website.

    2018 CCOVI Lecture Series:

    Jan. 15:  David Sheppard, Winemaker, Flat Rock Cellars
    “Pinot Noir: The savage yet seductive grape.”

    Jan. 22: Janet Dorozynski, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Wine, Beer, Spirits and Tourism at Global Affairs Canada
    “Promoting Canada internationally through wine and food.”

    Jan. 29: Belinda Kemp, CCOVI Senior Oenologist, Brock University
    How method, timing and severity of leaf removal impacts Cabernet franc wine flavour.”

    Feb. 5: Ronald Jackson, Wine Writer, Author
    “Get corked (the intricacies of cork closures and their alternatives).”

    Feb. 12: Annette Nassuth, Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, College of Biological Sciences, University of Guelph
    “Do grapes SCREAM for frost tolerance?”

    Feb. 26: Jim Willwerth, CCOVI Senior Viticulturist, Brock University
    “Effects of abscisic acid form, concentration and application timing on grapevine cold hardiness.”

    Mar. 5: George Soleas, President and CEO at LCBO
    “TBA”

    Mar. 12: Tek Thongpapanl, Professor of Marketing and Product Innovation,
    Marketing, International Business & Strategy, Goodman School of Business, Brock University
    “Why we buy the sparkling wine that we buy.”

    Mar. 19: Baozhong Meng, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph
    “Grapevine viruses, their impact and their distribution in Ontario.”

    Mar. 26: Jeff Stuart, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Brock University
    “Sweet, sticky, and healthy — using metabolomics to develop a ‘green’ protocol for extracting resveratrol and other polyphenolics from the waste pomace of ice syrup production.”

     

    For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:

    * Dan Dakin, Media Relations Officer, Brock University ddakin@brocku.ca, 905-688-5550 x5353 or 905-347-1970

     Brock University Marketing and Communications has a full-service studio where we can provide high definition video and broadcast-quality audio.

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    Flat Rock Cellars Winemaker David Sheppard, left, with the late Karl Kaiser. Sheppard will kick off the 2018 CCOVI Lecture Series Monday, Jan. 15 by giving a talk originally presented by Kaiser titled “Pinot Noir: The savage yet seductive grape.”

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  • Funding announcement scheduled for Monday at Brock

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 04, 2018

    Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Reza Moridi will join Brock University President Gervan Fearon and others Monday for a significant provincewide funding announcement that will include Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute.

    The announcement will take place Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Brock’s Mackenzie Chown Complex, H Block Room 313.

    What: Brock University research funding announcement

    Who: Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, Reza Moridi and Brock University President Gervan Fearon

    Where: Brock University, Mackenzie Chown Complex, H Block Room 313

    When: Monday, Jan. 8, 10:30 a.m.

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  • 2018 CCOVI Lecture Series Returns

    The 2018 CCOVI Lecture Series will be returning on Monday, Jan. 15 with a tribute to the late wine industry mogul Karl Kaiser.

    Long-time winemaker David Sheppard will kick-off the annual series by giving a special presentation of Kaiser’s popular talk, “Pinot Noir: The Savage Yet Seductive Grape” that day at Brock University.

    Sheppard is a 35-year industry veteran and current winemaker at Flat Rock Cellars in Jordan Station. He also worked under the tutelage of Kaiser at Inniskillin in Niagara-on-the-Lake for 21-years (with a focus on the production of Pinot Noir).

    Kaiser’s lecture on the Canadian-winter-friendly red wine grape was first given at the 2008 CCOVI Lecture Series.

    Sheppard was a clear choice to give this lecture again, in Kaiser’s honour, because of his extensive industry experience and long-time working relationship with Kaiser. Having the ability to livestream and archive this lecture will also make it accessible to a much wider audience than when it was first given back in 2008.

    Sheppard will be presenting the lecture on Monday, January 15 beginning at 2 p.m. It will take place in room H313 of the Mackenzie Chown Complex at Brock University. The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture will also be livestreamed and details about accessing the stream will be posted on brocku.ca/ccovi.

    The CCOVI Lecture Series will continue to run Monday afternoons until March 26 at the same time and location. The second lecture will be taking place on Monday, Jan. 22 from CCOVI senior oenologist Belinda Kemp. Her topic will be: “How method, timing and severity of leaf removal impacts Cabernet franc wine flavour.”

    More information about the series and the complete list of speakers will be announced in the early 2018 and can be found here.

     

     

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  • January dates and deadlines

    January 5 – January 31: Snap a Selfie Contest
    During the contest period, customers will ‘Snap a Selfie’ with the Cuvée wine bottle and a winery retail staff member at any of the participating wineries and then upload the photo to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #Cuvee2018 for a chance to win a free Cuvée weekend! For complete contest rules and information visit the contest link on the Cuvée website.

    January 12 – 28:
    Niagara Icewine Festival. Running three consecutive weekends in January (12 -14, 19 -23, 26 – 28).

    January 15 – February 10
    OEVI 0N02 – Wines of Ontario
    This is a special interest course focused on the wines of Ontario: how they are grown and made. Become familiar with VQA wines and the viticultural areas in which they are grown.

    For more information on this course, click here. To register click here.

    January 15 – March 26: 2018 CCOVI Lecture Series
    The popular annual lecture series will return on January 15 with a special tribute to the late Dr. Karl J. Kaiser. David Sheppard, winemaker at Flat Rock Cellars, will present Kaiser’s popular talk, “Pinot Noir: The Savage Yet Seductive Grape” in honour of the industry mogul. The presentation will take place beginning at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 15. The lecture series will run every Monday from then on until March 26. More details about presenters and speech topics will be announced soon. Find out more about the CCOVI Lecture series.

    January 16 – May 1: OEVI 0N07 – WSET Level 3 Award in Wine
    This course is intended to provide in-depth knowledge of a wide range of wines from around the world and is open to students who hold the WSET Level 2 Award or can demonstrate knowledge acquired at the Level 2 award level through completion of an entrance test and sufficient experience in the wine industry.
    This qualification is also suitable for the wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained at Level 2.
    This qualification will assist those who may be required to make professional evaluations of wines as to its quality and commercial value.  Level 3 will provide registrants with in depth product knowledge that, in turn, will strengthen and support your job skills in product selection for the retail and hospitality sectors.
    This qualification is also suitable for the wine enthusiast wishing to build on knowledge gained at Level 2.

    For more information on this course, click here. To register, click here.

    January 17 – April 4: OEVI 0N03 – Wine Regions of the World
    This is a special interest course designed to deepen and refine your wine tasting skills as you explore the major wine regions of the world. Discover wines from historic Old World regions as well as the emerging New World wine regions including South Africa and New Zealand.

    For more information on this course, click here. To register, click here.

    January 22: CCOVI Lecture Series presents Janet Dorozynski
    Join us in room H313 at 2 p.m. to hear Janet Dorozynski, Trade Commissioner, Canadian Wine, Beer, Spirits and Tourism at Global Affairs Canada, Ph.D., Dip WSET, and WSET® Certified Educator, speak on the topic of “Promoting Canada Internationally through Wine and Food.” You may also view online and listen in via telephone. For more information, click here.

    January 29: CCOVI Lecture Series presents Belinda Kemp
    Join us in room H313 at 2 p.m. to hear CCOVI Senior Oenologist Belinda Kemp speak on the topic of “How method, timing and severity of leaf removal impacts Cabernet franc wine flavour.” You may also view online and listen in via telephone. For more information, click here

    January 27 – March 2: Online – WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
    Registration Deadline: Friday Jan. 12, 2018
    For students living more than 30 miles from Brock University, or otherwise unable to attend scheduled in-class programs, CCOVI offers the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits online.
    WSET Level 2: Wines and Spirits provides fundamental product knowledge and lays the foundation for the Systematic Approach to Tasting.  The Level 2 Award is ideal for those entering a profession in the wine and spirit industry, as well as for the enthusiast who wishes to broaden their knowledge in a structured way.

    For more information on this course, click here. To register, click here.

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  • CCOVI mourns the loss of Dr. Karl Kaiser

    It is with a sad heart that we offer our deepest condolences on the passing of industry icon Dr. Karl J. Kaiser. He was integral to the development of CCOVI and the OEVI undergraduate programs, as well as being actively involved with research and outreach initiatives. He was a visionary and pioneer, a brilliant scientist, gifted teacher, valued colleague and above all, a friend. His contributions, both professionally and personally, cannot be overstated and he will be sadly missed by our community.

    Please read the story on Dr. Kaiser’s life and legacy in the Brock News:
    https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2017/11/karl-kaiser-left-indelible-mark-on-brock-university/

    A celebration of life for Dr. Karl J. Kaiser will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at The Hare Wine Co., 769 Niagara Stone Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Written messages of condolence can be left on his memorial website, found here.

    In lieu of flowers, the family is encouraging donations to the Dr. Karl J. Kaiser Memorial Fund at Brock’s CCOVI. The fund has been launched in honour of Dr. Kaiser’s love of learning and sharing his knowledge. Donations can be made at brocku.ca/donate or by phone at 905-688-5550 x4190.

    -Sincerely,
    Dr. Debbie Inglis and the entire CCOVI team

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  • December dates and deadlines

    Dec. 7 : Fizz Club: From Field to Fizz

    Are you a sparkling winemaker or part of a winery that has or is considering a sparkling wine program? If so, join us for our 5th anniversary Fizz Club as we discuss all aspects of the sparkling production process including discussions on clones, soil types and leaf removal, the latest international research and its relevancy to Canada, future CCOVI research topics, closures, yeast, and practical winery aspects along with wine tastings.

    Click here for more information.

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