Wines of USA and Canada

Although the U.S. wine market has existed for more than two centuries, it is only in the 50 years that the U.S. has established itself as a world-class producer of wine. The famous Judgement in Paris in 1976, immortalised on the silver screen with the movie “Bottleshock”, is the embodiment of the sheer willpower and resolve to succeed and then conquer. This determination has led to world-wide respect for U.S. wine.

From the northerly climate of Washington state and the Columbia river valley to the desert climate of Arizona, this country’s diverse conditions and resulting wine selection is as varied as any country on earth could boast.

While every state produces wine of varying quality and quantity, California produces over 85% of wine made in the U.S. This golden state with its Napa and Sonoma valley’s, as well as many other incredible regions has been a champion of Cabernet Sauvignon in the United States and the world. Household names like Robert Mondavi created the dream and vision and placed his emphatic mark on this country’s wine future. Likewise, other great regions of California and other states in the western U.S. have created their mark with fantastic wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


In the East coast we learn of the Five fingers lake region and their offerings. The elegance of their wine, with its own idiosyncrasies, can be mystifying but on this course all is revealed in a manner that is as educational as it is enticing.

From the land of the humble two buck chuck to the royalty of the Napa valley reds, this country has everything for everyone. We invite you to join us in learning about the country where styles abound, and the wines are as big and as exciting as the country itself.

2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary, a milestone that is a proud marker of this vast country’s achievements and accomplishments. Known more for polar ice caps, polar and grizzly bears, beaver and other stunning wildlife, Canadian wines are making their mark on the world.

While wine production touches most Canadian provinces, two main regions stand out as Canada’s foremost wine producing areas: the Niagara escarpment, in Ontario and, to the west, the Okanagan Valley, in British Columbia.

In Niagara, we see, stretched out in all directions, the unbridled beauty and auras of peace and serenity. The vastness of the area is matched only by the variety of different grapes grown in the region.

To the west, in British Columbia, we witness the yet unheralded gem of the Okanagan Valley. Nestled at the northern most tip of the Sonoma desert the Okanagan can be proud of its heritage and record. There are over 300 vineyards in this region producing world class wines. Tempered by the lakes surrounding this region, the vines are able to draw the best from nature. The varieties grown in this region are many and varied. And, though there are many wineries to visit, over 90% of the wine is produced by no more than four grand wineries.

We can not forget the crown jewel of Canadian wine. Learn all about the Icewine that Canada is so proud of. Hand-picked at a minimum temperature of -8c, this intricately made wine is like sunshine in a bottle.

Come discover wine from the land of the northern lights and pristine natural beauty.

With each course there is a recommended wine list that is indicative of the classic wines of this country. We strongly encourage you to try these wines during the course of your studies.
This is a self-paced course and should take approximately 19-25 hours including study time to complete.

Course available from Fall 2019

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