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)

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  • 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

  • 2021 CCOVI News

    2021 February Edition
    2021 June Edition

    Categories: CCOVI Newsletters, What's happening at CCOVI

  • Family Day & President’s Day Lab Closures

    Notice to all of our awesome customers:

    Consistent with Brock University’s observance of Family Day & President’s Day, the CCOVI Analytical Services Lab and Grapevine Virus Testing Services will be closed on Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16.

    We will be happy to see you all again on Wednesday, February 17.

    Thank you,

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

     

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

  • February 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 February 22 to March 21, 2021
    Registration Deadline:February 12, 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.
    February 22 to March 28, 2021
    Registration Deadline: February 12 (by 10 am)
    For more information and to register click here

    March 8 to April 11, 2021
    Registration Deadline: February 26 (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.
    March 15 to April 18, 2021
    Registration Deadline: March 5 (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.
    April 13 – June 8 (*New 8-week option)
    For more information and to register click here

    REMOTE INVIGILATION EXAMS:

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Monday March 8 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: February 12 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday March 22 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: February 26 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINE (ONLINE):

    Monday March 8 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: February 12 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday March 15 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: February 19 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday March 22 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: February 26 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

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

    WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Monday March 8 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: February 12 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday March 22 from 5:30-6:15 pm – 45 minutes
    Registration Deadline: February 26 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN SPIRITS (ONLINE):

    Monday March 8 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: February 12 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

    Monday March 22 from 5:30-6:30 pm – 60 minutes
    Registration Deadline: February 26 (by 1 pm)
    Register here

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

  • CCOVI Lecture Series returns with latest grape and wine research

    The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) Lecture Series returns next week with a full slate of cutting-edge research from grape and wine industry experts.

    Now in its 14th year, the 2021 edition of the series will feature 10 speakers from across CCOVI’s network of researchers, scientists, fellows and professional affiliates. Lectures will cover a wide array of topics, including consumer insights and preferences in the local and provincial wine industry, the use of augmented reality in wine marketing, research on cold hardiness and vineyard pests, and grapevine virus research and certification.

    Since launching in 2007, the CCOVI Lecture Series has attracted thousands of guests to take in the lectures at Brock University and more than 10,000 people have viewed the videos online.

    “Although this has been a challenging year for everyone, the institute has still produced a great deal of critical research with applications for grape growers and winemakers across Canada,” said CCOVI Director Debbie Inglis. “Our lecture series puts that research directly into the hands of the industry, providing tailored, real-world solutions to industry priorities from vine to glass.”

    The free lectures, which are open to the public, begin Wednesday, Jan. 20 with Brock’s Gary Pickering, Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology. The lectures will take place remotely via livestream every week until March 31. Due to current health and safety protocols, there will be no in-person attendance. The lectures are typically held every Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m., with the exceptions mentioned below.

    The lectures can be viewed here live each week, and are then archived on the CCOVI Lecture Series website.

    2021 CCOVI Lecture Series schedule

    Wednesday, Jan. 20: Gary Pickering, Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology, Brock University — Bursting the bubbles: Consumer insights on Ontario sparkling wine highlight opportunities

    Wednesday, Jan. 27: Sudarsana Poojari, CCOVI Senior Virologist, Brock University — Advances in grapevine certification standards

    Wednesday, Feb. 3: José Ramòn Urbez Torres, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre — Be aware! Do not get caught! Understanding and managing grapevine trunk diseases, the sleeping giant in your vineyard

    Wednesday, Feb. 10: Wendy McFadden-Smith, Tender Fruit and Grape IPM Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs — Going viral: Update on grapevine virus research project in Ontario

    Wednesday, Feb. 24: Tom Lowery, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agriculture Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre — Sustainable management of leafhopper pests of grapevines

    Wednesday, March 3: Belinda Kemp, CCOVI Senior Oenologist, Brock University — Ontario wine consumers’ perceptions of buying local wines and predictors of their future local wine purchases

    Wednesday, March 10: Annette Nassuth, Associate Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph — GRAPEling with low temperatures

    Wednesday, March 17: Joachim Scholz, Assistant Professor, Goodman School of Business, Brock University — Augmented reality marketing in the wine industry

    *Special lecture date
    Tuesday, March 23: Jim Willwerth, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Brock University — The impact of cultivar, clone and rootstock selection on grapevine cold hardiness

    *Special start time of 1 p.m.
    Wednesday, March 31: Lester Kwong, Associate Professor of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Brock University — Judging wines: Preferences, evaluation and aggregation


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  • 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.

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