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Resources: Wine Education and Schools


This is a list with links to various Wine Education and Schools in and around Ottawa. If you would like to add your resource to this listing, you can Submit Your Educator info here.

Brian Preston - Certified Sommelier

Brian has been a certified Sommelier for over 15 years involved in wine, beer and spirits education, conducting private tours of Niagara and Prince Edward County wineries, including several visits to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. He works with individuals conducting private tastings, restaurants, and institutions presenting special food/wine tasting suppers and events. He has traveled extensively to several wine regions of the world (thus being referred to as The Travelling Sommelier). Overseas regions he has visited include Japan, Northern France, the Hunter Valley (Australia), and most wine regions in New Zealand. He has tasted and visited wineries in Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Learning in a fun and social environment is his hallmark.

6 Polk Crescent, PO Box 112
Portland, Ontario
ph. 613-272-3129

Vendange Institute - Ottawa's School for WSET & FWS Courses

The Vendange Institute has been in operation since the fall of 2004. The institute holds the distinction of being the first program provider in Ottawa to deliver stimulating wine education programs certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). The Vendange Institute was recognized by Ottawa Tourism in 2005 as best new company of the year. The programs satisfies the needs of the novice and enthusiast through to the industry expert and professional sommelier. The institute has in excess of 800 graduates since opening their doors in 2004 and will celebrate their 10th Anniversary in the fall of 2014. The Vendange Institute is now the first program provider in Ottawa to offer the ’French Wine Scholar Study and Certification Program’’ from the French Wine Society. At Vendange, our mandate is to provide the best wine education to our students. From our impeccable and attractive locale and tasting bar, to our selection of quality wines for tastings delivered by two of the most passionate wine advocates in Ottawa. We invite you to take the plunge and immerse yourself in the amazing world of wine and spirits, with our skilled educators to guide you. If you think you like wines and spirits now, you’ll love them after these courses, because you’ll appreciate them infinitely more. Let our mentors ignite the spark in you, and you’ll soon find yourself to be just as passionate as they are about the subject matter. All of this will be made available to you in a fun, casual and relaxed atmosphere, and your classmates will surely end up being peers of yours for years to come!

440 Albert St. Suite C108
Ottawa, Ontario
ph. 613-562-7840

Haz El-Gabalawy – Hospitality and Service Training

Haz El-Gabalawy has over 30 years experience in the hospitality industry and was a founding member of the Beckta Dining and wine service team. Haz developed and implemented service training at Beckta. He went on to lead the award winning team at Beckta for over 10 years and is now offering this specialized training to restaurants and hotels. Call Haz to help you develop your team and provide you with customized service and hospitality training. “Improving service one restaurant at a time”

Unit 706-2400 Carling Ave. Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
ph. 613-797-9455

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