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Get more involved with wine!
Friday, 22 August 2014 16:53

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.

Véronique Rivest – Top-12 Finalist 2007/2010 ‘Best Sommelier of the World’

Véronique Rivest

April 10, 2013 - 7:00 pm
Restaurant International – Algonquin College

Congratulations to Véronique Rivest, who finished 2nd overall in ‘The Best Sommelier of the World’ competition—the top female participant and first ever to finish in top three!

Taste one wine blinded to you and Veronique – learn skills from a champion!

Learn how it’s done and practice how to do it, while experiencing the rush of tasting six wines with skill and confidence, and then pairing those wines with a small-plates dinner. This unique evening is for novice and seasoned wine-lovers alike.

No tickets sold at door — Purchase tickets here

The Craft Beer Panel, Tasting and Food Pairing Experiment

Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Restaurant International at Algonquin College

The Ottawa region has become home to a range of amazing craft brewers, each with their own style and unique products, but with a shared passion for beer.  Now these local beer rock stars are mentoring talented culinary students to create the ultimate beer-inspired food menu. 9+ beer samples and canapés to match. Join us for a beer-expert moderated discussion and an interactive tutored beer and food tasting.

Algonquin Sommelier Certificate students use code algsomm to receive $4.00 per ticket discount!

Marynissen seeking a sales rep
Wednesday, 03 October 2012 23:56

Marynissen Winery and Estates, a top tier, Niagara-on-the-Lake winery, are seeking a sales representative for the metro Ottawa area.  Please contact Jeff Hundertmark, Marynissen winemaker and Algonquin College Sommelier Certificate Graduate  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Gold Medal for Sommelier Graduate
Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:27

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!

California Wine Fair
Saturday, 04 February 2012 16:56

Looking forward to posting its usual ‘sold out’ sign in its 32nd year, the California Wine Fair begins its seven-city tour through Canada in Ottawa on Friday evening, March 30, 2012. There’s a $5 discount on the admission price extended to Algonquin College Sommelier students and Grads. State that you are an Algonquin student or graduate when ordering tickets; most Grads wear their pins.

Over 110 wineries will offer sample tastings of over 450 wines for an all-inclusive tasting and general admission price of $70.  With admission only $65 to Algonquin Sommelier students and Grads, learn more and order your tickets now by clicking here…

Australia's First Familes of Wine Taste & Buy Event
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 16:40

Australia’s First Families of Wine collectively have more than 1200 years of winemaking experience. By capitalizing on the shared strength of their individual traditions and history, their goal is to secure Australia’s place among the wine world’s premium producers.

This event will be their first in Canada. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to taste rare back-vintages and other iconic wines from 11 renowned wine families.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Canadian Room (Lower Lobby)
Walk-around Tasting from 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Tickets are $79 and can be ordered by calling 1-800-266-4764.

Click here for more information, including a list of all participating wineries.

Before-Class Express Dinner in the Restaurant International
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 12:26

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

LCBO Hiring Practices
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 01:36

LCBO Careers

First and foremost, all potential employees need to apply on-line at .  The careers section is divided into 3 parts; full time opportunities, part time opportunities and fixed term opportunities.  The part time opportunities are our year round 'casuals' and the fixed term opportunities are either for 'Summer" months (May - September) or "Christmas" (November 15th - December 31st).

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the website frequently to ensure that they won't miss a posting.  'Casual' postings happen sporadically throughout the year based on store operational needs, where as the fixed term opportunities are more geared towards posting April 1st for the 'Summer' and mid-September for the 'Christmas' term.  Also, please note that signage will go up in the store windows at certain LCBO stores when a position is available.

Visit the website and create a profile, set a job alert and apply when you see a posting.

Registration for FALL semester starts July 20
Saturday, 22 May 2010 17:16

Registration for Sommelier Program courses in the FALL 2010 semester starts July 20, at 8:30 AM sharp. Ensure that you register early to avoid disappointment. The easiest and surest way to register is by phoning the Registrar's office directly - 613.727-0002 or 1.800.565-4723 having your course name(s) and section number(s), student number and credit card information at hand.  If registering for the Compressed Stream, make certain you register for ALL the courses in that semester.

Winter/Spring 2010 course schedule posted
Monday, 19 October 2009 16:20
The winter/spring 2010 course schedule for the Sommelier Program has been posted to Registration for the winter semester starts November 10th at 8:30 AM.
Looking forward to YOUR Graduation Dinner?
Saturday, 04 July 2009 20:50
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.
Fall course schedule posted
Thursday, 02 July 2009 12:20
The fall course schedules for the Sommelier Program have been posted to Registration for the fall semester starts Monday, July 21 at 8:30 am. Be sure to register quickly so as to not be disappointed!
Course list updated
Friday, 13 March 2009 16:55
The course lists have been updated to include the Spring and Summer sections. Registration begins on March 17th. Remember to register early to avoid disappointment.
Introducing the Beer Course
Thursday, 13 November 2008 11:49
The Algonquin College Sommelier Program is pleased to announce its first ever course concentrating exclusively on beer. Starting in January, the twelve-week course will open your eyes about the world of beer.  This is a stand-alone course (not part of the Sommelier certificate). So if you are a sommelier looking for experience in an important part of the beverage industry, or simply want to know as much as possible about many Canadians' favourite beverage, this is the course for you.
Running Late For Class - No Time to Eat?
Saturday, 09 August 2008 00:00
The Restaurant International, adjacent to the C. A. Paradis Wine Lab, offers a two course ‘Express Dinner” to Sommelier and Wine Appreciation students! For only $15 pp (plus tax and gratuity) choose any two courses from the daily table d’hôte menu. Make a reservation 24 hours in advance at 613-727-7691, arrive between 5:30 and 6:00 pm, and you’ll make the class by 7:00 pm.