Free Online Course for B.C. Wine Servers


KELOWNA, B.C. — Okanagan College and the British Columbia Wine Institute are offering a new online course for wine and food servers in the region. The two-hour-long course is aimed at enhancing knowledge of vintages, varieties and appellations.

“We saw an opportunity and need to provide education and insight to some of the people who can have a real impact on wine sales in B.C., and on the wine tourist experience,” said Miles Prodan, CEO of the British Colmbia Wine Institute. “The course [gives students] a greater understanding of the distinguishing factors of B.C. VQA wine and the B.C. wine industry as well as practical information on serving wine and enhancing the tasting and dining experience.”

The course features several videos and draws on a range of experts from the industry, including Kurtis Kol who has run several restaurants in Vancouver and was named Sommelier of the Year at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival. He’s joined by personalities such as Tyler Galts of Quails’ Gate Winery, chef Chris Stewart of Mission Hill Family Estate and winemaker John Simes.

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