Workshops & Courses
Quench your thirst for knowledge
In addition to the Viticulture, Winery Assistant, and Wine Sales programs, Okanagan College's school of Food, Wine and Tourism offers a bounty of general interest events and courses for the wine and food enthusiast and professional development for professionals.
Workshops and Courses - click here (or on the image below) to download the PDF flyer
Craft Beer Appreciation - NEW!
The ever increasing popularity of craft beer will be the feature of this tasty and informative class. Learn the systematic approach to appreciating the qualities, flavours and styles to this finely crafted beverage. Taught by some of the Okanagan’s finest brewmasters, you will taste diverse beer styles, learn a bit about beer history, ingredients, brewing process, styles, presentation and sensory evaluation.
Course code: PIR 371
KEL: 1. Mar. 10, Sat, 1 – 4 p.m.
2. Apr. 14, Sat, 1 – 4 p.m.
VER: Mar. 8, Thu, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
$69 (+ materials + GST)
Advanced Beer Appreciation - NEW!
Are you already a beer geek, have 100-plus beers in your Untappd app and seek out the dusty bottles at the back of the local store? Spend an evening discussing beer types to choose for a cellar, learn when to dump the junk, and try some classics, some new, and some world class beers. This course will take your beer habit to a new level.
Course code: PIR 660
PEN: Mar. 20, Tue, 6 – 9 p.m.
$94 (+ GST)
History of BC Wine
Who planted the first commercial vineyard in the Okanagan Valley? Who came up with the idea for estate wineries and changed the regulations to allow them? The B.C. wine industry has a fascinating history that goes back almost a century, making the Okanagan Valley the epicenter of B.C. wine and a world-class wine region because of the work done by many industry pioneers. This six-hour seminar will tell you their stories and the milestones that built the B.C. wine industry to where it is today.
Course code: PIR 301
PEN: Apr. 12 – 26, Thu, 7 – 9 p.m.
$110 (+ GST)
Introduction to B.C. Wine
Come explore the wines of British Columbia. In this 12-hour course you’ll learn what makes B.C. wine unique and how to enjoy, recommend and serve B.C. wines. You’ll gain experience tasting and identifying wines and learn about B.C. wine history and regions. This course is excellent for servers, or those who want to learn more about B.C.’s world-class wines.
Course code: AGR 016
PEN: Mar. 5 – 26, Mon, 6 – 9 p.m.
$149 (+ GST)
There’s nothing like sharing a dram of fine Scotch malt whisky with friends while enhancing your appreciation of it. Join a comprehensive tasting demonstrating single malts from different whisky producing regions of Scotland. Learn history, production, and terminology while savouring your tastings with appetizers
Course code: PIR 354
KEL: 1. Feb. 8 - 15, Thu, 7 - 9 p.m.
2. May. 1 - 12, Thu, 7 - 9 p.m.
$109 (+ materials + GST)
Scotch and other Whiskies
What’s the difference really? Join us during this comparative tasting workshop of Irish, Bourbon, Canadian and Indian varieties using scotch as a baseline. You will walk away knowing the differences in how they are made, where the flavours come from, and of course, explore the different tastes.
Course coed: PIR 484
PEN: Jan. 23 - 30, Tue, 7 – 9 p.m.
$144 (+ GST)
Sparkling Wines of BC - NEW!
A variety of sparkling wines from the Okanagan region will be highlighted. Students will learn production methods and grape varietals used, while tasting six sparkling wines, including a true French champagne, for contrast and comparison.
Course code: PIR 659
PEN: Feb. 20, Tue, 7 – 9 p.m.
$85 (+ GST)
Spring Pairings with BC Wine
To help shake off the winter layers, let’s explore what our Valley life has to offer. Sample locally produced food paired with Okanagan wines. The chef will awaken your senses, broaden your understanding, and send you home with easy recipes and tips for entertaining visitors.
Course Code: PIR 546
PEN: May 10, Thu, 6 – 9 p.m.
$99 (+ GST)
Understanding Food & Wine Pairing
Enjoy an overview of wine styles, wine production and sensory evaluation of wine. A combination of theory and practical exercises cover factors in food and wine that affect pairing. You’ll learn about traditional pairings, the modern approach to pairing, and multi-course pairing with single and multiple wines.
Course code: WINE 31
KEL: Jan. 8 - Mar. 19, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. & Mar. 26, 1:30 - 9:30 p.m.
$767 (+ GST)
Learn to taste and judge wines in order to squeeze the most from your wine-buying dollar. You will learn the difference between myth and mystique in the wine business. We will taste wines from all over the world, including B.C.. The instructor’s teaching style is casual and informal.
Course Code: PIR 014
KEL: Mar. 15 - Apr. 12, 7 – 9 p.m.
$144 (+ GST)
Register for any of the above course online at okanagan.bc.ca/cs or call 1-866-510-8899.
B.C. Wine Online CourseB.C. wine is special because of the unique people and places in our province. This free, self-paced online course is intended to help you better understand B.C. wine history, regions, styles and food pairings. Register Now