Learn How to Become a Wine Expert at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo


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Release Date

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


TORONTO, Ont. –   If you’re eager to find out what it takes to become an expert in the wine industry, perhaps even a Sommelier, The Wine & Spirit Education Trust and Tutored Tastings is your key to mastering the art. 

From November 22-25, the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo has every class you need to grow your knowledge in the wine industry and broaden your perspective in international wine trends and techniques. The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has been growing the wine industry by helping those interested develop their skills, whether they are beginners or experts. Based in the United Kingdom, WSET has more than 750 Approved Program Providers worldwide with a strong reputation as the standard for knowledge in the wine industry.

Experience a variety of features provided by WSET and Tutored Tastings at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo including these highly anticipated classes.

Discover Garnacha - Scott Zebarth, Wines of Argentina: November 22, 6:30 p.m.

Take a journey of discovery with one of the oldest and most widely planted grapes in the world. Welcome to the wonderful and exciting world of Garnacha aka Grenache! If you’re unfamiliar with the wines it produces, no worries, you’ve most likely experienced one (or many) already. A new generation of winemakers is crafting innovative wines in which the grape plays the starring role.

The Faces of Chardonnay WSET Tasting Michelle Paris, DipWSETNovember 23, 5:30 p.m.

Chardonnay is one of the most planted wine grapes in the world. In this session we’ll discuss where it is grown and through a tasting of three wines, you’ll learn how different climates, “terroir” and winemaking techniques impact aromas and flavours, and perhaps find a new favourite expression of this exceptional grape!

The Many Shades of Sake Rob McCaughley, DipWSET WSET Tasting: November 23, 7 p.m.

Sake can seem shrouded in mystery and is often misunderstood, however, like wine and beer, sake comes in an array of styles to tantalize the taste buds.  There is a sake for every palate and in this session,  we will take you on a whistle-stop tour of six very different yet equally delectable expressions of this exquisite brew.

A Passion for Pinot WSET Tasting Christopher Waters, DipWSET: November 24, 4 p.m.

Despite its fickle nature Pinot Noir has inspired winemakers around the world. In this session, tasting a range of wines - from its classic roots in Burgundy to beguiling newcomers from the United States and Canada, you’ll learn how climate and winemaking techniques have created such a diversity of styles and discover which you like best.

Thirsty with a Twist - Kevin Brauch, The Thirsty Traveler: November 24, 4:30 p.m.

The most popular and energetic session in Tutored Tastings history returns for another triumphant year. Television personality and bon vivant, The Thirsty Traveler checks in from his ongoing global search for the world’s most unique beverages and looking to showcase his latest discoveries in this energetic session. Always entertaining and unexpected, this dynamic seminar is filled with Kevin’s signature tales from his travels and punctuated by surprise guests. He will provide an arsenal of his favourite spirits, beer and wine from around the globe, insight into their origin and more than a few moments of unabashed laughter to quench your thirst for the world’s best drinks. and the Santa Rita Hills. 

In the last academic year, a total of 94, 822 candidates received WSET qualifications, 5,527 in Canada through one of 32 course providers in the country.

To learn about The Wine & Spirit Education Trust or to find a local course provider, please visit www.WSETglobal.comTo purchase tickets to Tutored Tastings classes at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo, visit foodandwineexpo.ca.

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