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Taste the difference of wine education

Posted on November 21, 2019



It’s date night. You’ve just sat down at the best table in the restaurant, and the server hands you a weighty, leather-bound book – the wine list. What do you do? Do you nervously scan for a name that sounds familiar? Ask for a recommendation? Or simply hand it back and opt for the “house red?” 

Even the most seasoned foodies can be intimidated by a wine list, but when it comes to wine appreciation, a little learning can go a long way. One of VCC’s newest credentials, the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 1 Award in Wines, offered through wine educator Statera Academy, is the perfect starting point for gaining this lifelong skill. 

Like any good VCC instructor, award-winning sommelier Keith Nicholson knows that people learn best by doing – or tasting, as the case may be. “More than half the class is spent with wine in our glasses,” he says. “That’s the best part.” 

Overall, the course teaches why different wines taste the way they do, accounting for varietal (type of grape), climate, and the winemaking process. Students in the course range from chefs, restaurant servers and wine store employees to wine-lovers from all walks of life. 

“More than just a lecture, we connect the dots to what is in the glass,” says Keith. “People have a lot of ‘aha’ moments in this class.” 

VCC Continuing Studies – Winter 2020

Other new programs and courses offered this term through VCC Continuing Studies include:

Gladue Report Writing

Baking and Hospitality
Chocolate Showpieces

Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) in Dementia Care 

Human and Family Services
Counselling Skills – Foundational

Interior Design
Colour and Your World: History, Aesthetics and Psychology of Colours

Jewellery and Gemmology
Cabochon Cutting – Introduction

Leadership and Management 
Board Development 
Event Planning for Volunteer Managers 
Grant Writing Essentials
Social Media for Non-Profits
Marketing for Non-Profits

Revit Level 2 
Web Development with JavaScript 
Mobile Phone Photography
Film Scoring and Commercial Composition Essentials

Learn something new. Pick up the Winter 2020 Continuing Studies catalogue at any VCC campus, download the PDF, or explore our full selection of Continuing Studies courses online.