Sommellerie
  • SAQ counsellors   |
  • Wine critics in magazines, guides   |
  • Teaching   |
  • Shops specializing in wine accessories
Programs-Sommellerie

Program duration Number of semesters
1 Year 2

Program Description
The Wine Service program prepares students to practice the occupation of sommelier.Graduates of this program are likely to be employed in the restaurant sector, wine bars, hotels, inns, private clubs, establishments specializing in wines such as the Société des alcools du Quebec and representative agencies, banquet halls and similar establishments, shops specializing in wine accessories as well as on cruise ships.

Depending on the size of the establishment, sommeliers perform a variety of tasks such as recommending wines and pairing wine and food, answering questions on the vintage and other characteristics of wines, and ensuring the set-up and restocking of wine cellars. They present the wine list to customers, make recommendations, take orders, ensure that the wine is at the desired temperature, serve the wine and monitor the situation. They may prepare the wine list and update it.

Sommeliers may also carry out activities related to keeping a wine cellar such as making purchases, placing orders, taking inventory, receiving and sorting merchandise, ensuring optimal storage conditions as well as overseeing the ageing of wines. Finally, sommeliers do research and participate in tastings. They may be called upon to advise wait and kitchen staff.To perform their tasks, sommeliers use and maintain materials and tools specific to serving wines, spirits and other alcoholic beverages. They may also select these materials and tools

Career Choices
  • Sommelier in Hotels, Restaurants, Wine bars and Private Clubs
  • Representative for agencies, International Companies
  • SAQ counsellors
  • Entrepreneur (Wine tastings)
  • Shops specializing in wine accessories
  • Wine critics in magazines, guides
  • Teaching
Competencies
  • Depending on the size of the establishment, sommeliers perform a variety of tasks such as recommending wines and pairing wine and food; answering questions on the vintage and other characteristics of wines; and ensuring the set-up and restocking of wine cellars. They present the wine list to customers, make recommendations, take orders, ensure that the wine is at the desired temperature, serve the wine and monitor the situation. They may prepare the wine list and update it. Sommeliers may also carry out activities related to keeping a wine cellar, such as making purchases, placing orders, taking inventory, receiving and sorting merchandise, ensuring optimal storage conditions as well as seeing to the ageing of wines
  • Finally, sommeliers do research and participate in tastings.
Admission prerequisites
  • Higher Secondary, Diploma or/and recognized equivalent
  • A minimum of second division i.e. overall 50% in academics
  • Fluency in English with a level of IELTS 6.0 band preferred but not less than level 5.5
  • Applicants from China/Korea and other Non-English speaking countries should take English Second Language to meet the admission requirements if they do not have IELTS 6.0
  • Or equivalence as established by the ministère de l’Education, du Loisir et du Sport or the ministere de l’Immigration et des Communautes culturelles
Program Modules
Modules  
Development of Professional Practice  
Organoleptic Analysis  
Winemaking  
European Wines  
Non-European Wines  
Spirits and Other Alcoholic Beverages
 
Wine Cellar Management  
Lists of Wines, Spirits and Other Alcoholic Beverages  
Advice and Service: Wine and Other Alcoholic Beverages  
Program Schedules
  • January
  • May
  • September

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