Master Taster program launches in Lake Erie North Shore


Jeff Steen (right) manager of corporate training at the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, marks the launch of the Master Taster program at Cooper's Hawk Vineyards with (from left) Scott Wilkins, Jody Goslin, Robert Dennison, and Gary Killops.

Niagara College is bringing the art of tasting and analyzing wines to the Lake Erie North shore area.

The College’s Master Taster program is now underway at Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards in Harrow, Ontario.

Twenty four students – from wine enthusiasts to winery mangers – are currently enrolled in this NC part-time studies program which launched in September at the new location.

Jeff Steen, manager of corporate training at the College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, noted that this marks a return to the area; the College had previously delivered the program in Essex County. Expanding the program outside of the Niagara region, he said, is an opportunity to showcase the value of a Niagara College education and offer training to industry partners in another part of the province.

“There are currently no wine courses in the [Lake Erie North Shore] region, and the growth of wine production in the county has increased significantly,” said Steen. “Lake Erie North Shore is a region full of growth and excitement in the wine industry, and Niagara College becomes part of that story.”

“We were so excited to hear about this program back and were even more excited when we were asked to host it,” said president at Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Tom O’Brien. “Our winemaker is a grad of Niagara College, Adam Graham, and he felt honoured to have it at Cooper’s Hawk.”

The program being delivered at Cooper’s Hawk is being instructed by professional sommeliers in the region of Lake Erie North Shore. While registration for the current term is now closed, it will reopen in November for the January start.

Steen noted that the Lake Erie North Shore is the currently the only other location for the program outside of Niagara. However, there are plans to launch a third location in Prince Edward County in February 2018.

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