The National Capital Region's Premier Sommelier Certificate Program

CorkscrewWine knowledge has become an important tool in every aspect of the hospitality industry. The demand for properly trained wine professionals has risen exponentially. In response, Algonquin College offers the region’s premier Sommelier Certificate Program. Twelve compulsory courses reward the successful student with the much sought-after Sommelier Certificate and Sommelier pin, an award recognized by the industry and the general public as a premiere achievement.

Courses are taught in the College’s  C.A. Paradis Wine Lab and feature tasting of a wide variety of wines from the LCBO’s general list and from current Vintages’ releases. Wine tasting is the first component to be developed in this program. Major grape varieties are studied along with every major growing area of the world and the viticulture and viniculture practiced in each. Food and wine matching is an important focus of the program and both theory and practical aspects are presented. Cellaring tips, marketing techniques, wine list development and the proper service of wine are all topics covered in this program. The emphasis of this program is to develop well rounded and knowledgeable Sommeliers.

To earn the Sommelier certificate, students must successfully complete all courses. Many graduates have found employment in a wide variety of positions in the hospitality industry, as well as the wine and spirit industry. Graduates are presented with a distinctive Sommelier pin to recognize the standard of excellence attained.

Get more involved with wine!

Are you interested in becoming more involved with wine?  Possibly as a wine broker or consultant? Sean Moher and Stacey Metulynsky are two Algonquin Sommelier Graduates who combined their wine and business knowledge into a successful wine enterprise and they'd like to talk to you about your options and opportunities. Read their poster for more information.

Gold Medal for Sommelier Graduate

Algonquin graduate and local hero Marc Lepine has won gold at the Canadian Culinary Championships! Congratulations to Marc and his team (including fellow sommelier program graduate Steve Robinson) for this landmark achievement. Read more at this link Local Chef Wins Big. Marc, Steve and team work at the Dow's Lake area ATELIER restaurant. Also huge thanks to Marc's friends and colleagues in the local restaurant community for helping him stay open while he and his staff were in Kelowna. That is a real testament to the collaborative and supportive nature of the Ottawa food community. Good work everyone!

Before-Class Express Dinner in the Restaurant International

Restaurant International, Algonquin College's secret gem, has been serving delicious meals for over 35 years. We offer an express meal which is a perfect before-class dinner consisting of any 2 courses of the evening service. It’s only $15.99 per person! Begin the meal between 5:30 - 5:45 leaving time to make your 7:00 pm class – it’s adjacent to the C.A. Paradis Wine Lab. To make a reservation, please call 613-727-7691 book on-line at

Looking forward to YOUR Graduation Dinner?
When you finish the Sommelier Certificate Program you don't only get a piece of paper. Here's a wonderful preview of what else is in store for you by taking a look at our most recent Gala dinner as written by the Valedictorian for the class and newly-minted Sommelier Graduate, Bethany Harpur.