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Wine 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 only Sommelier Certificate Program. Seven 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.

Compulsory Courses

HOS 5162 Wine Tasting (12 weeks, 36 hours)

HOS 5027 Grape Varieties (12 weeks, 36 hours)
HOS 5148 Vinification (10 weeks, 30 hours)
HOS 5158 Food & Wine Matching (6 weeks, 21 hours)
HOS 5165 The Beer Course (12 weeks, 36 hours)
HOS 5163 Old World Wine Regions (16 weeks, 48 hours)
HOS 5164 New World Wine Regions (12 weeks, 36 hours)
HOS 5097 Sommelier Advanced (16 weeks, 48 hours)


Additional Information

You can complete the program by attending one class per week (3 hours) in the evening or on weekends. This is a popular choice and will take the average student 36 months to complete the entire program. Another popular option is to take the compressed stream. Attending one full day per week (7 hours, Monday), you can complete the entire program in 12 months, September to September.
Starting with the 2012 intake the compressed classes will be on Tuesday.
Last Updated on Saturday, 21 January 2012 14:47