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Learn how to properly taste wine at UBC Okanagan

Micro-credential being offered in 1-day courses this summer
UBCO is offering a micro-credential course in wine tasting. Registration is now open for classes taking place in July where participants will learn from a professor with the University of Bordeaux. (UBC Okanagan)

Curious about cabernet? Puzzled about pinot? Rattled about riesling?

The sign up for the Wine Tasting Ability BC Canada Level One courses at UBC Okanagan this summer, where in one day, you can learn the ins and outs of both wine’s tastes and aromas.

Led by Axel Marchal, professor with the University of Bordeaux’s Science Institute of Vine and Wine (ISVV), and Jacques-Olivier Pesme, director of the UBC Wine Research Centre, the micro-credential course teaches the science behind wine.

“The ISVV has extensive experience in research and education in enology and sensory analysis, cultivated for over a century,” said Marchal. “We offer the culmination of this knowledge through specialized training programs, such as the WTA BC Canada, for individuals who are eager to gain a deeper understanding of wine and wine tasting.”

Along with learning how to properly taste wines, participants will also get a basic lesson on winemaking, as well as learn the unique characteristics of different vine varieties.

The course will be offered on July 18 and 20, and those who complete it will receive a letter of proficiency awarded jointly by UBC Okanagan and the University of Bordeaux.

More information can be found at

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Editor of Kelowna Capital News & West K News since February 2022. I have spent the majority of my career working in the Toronto area as both a sports reporter and a general reporter.
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