events & education

With the expansion of drinks appreciation courses and internationally accredited programs, Banville and Jones Wine Institute has grown to become the Wine & Drinks College of Manitoba (WDCM)

  • Best selection of accredited courses in Manitoba
  • Explore new classes in beer, sake, and spirits
  • Award-winning Instructors

Three Levels of Programs:

  • Internationally Accredited Certification Program
  • Wine & Drinks Appreciation
  • Custom Educational Events

Certification Programs:

WSET Wine Scholar and Professional Sommelier

Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) qualifications are globally recognized as the international standard in wine and spirit knowledge. Through its global network of Approved Program Providers, the WSET® offers courses in more than 65 countries around the world. We are proud to be one of these Approved Program Providers! WSET® courses are designed for enthusiasts in wine and spirits, for those considering a career, and for established professionals in hospitality. We offer regular session (evening) courses and intensive weekend-based, or week-long programs for WSET® certification.

Courses:

• WSET® Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
• WSET® Level 2 Award in Spirits
• WSET® Level 3 Award in Wines 

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Wine Scholar Guild (WSG)

WSG is an international provider of wine education programs focusing on the wines and wine regions of France, Italy, and Spain. We currently offer the French Wine Scholar (FWS) program, an experience where lesser known regions share the stage with world-famous regions. The course is of interest both to French wine lovers and to those considering the Professional Sommelier Program. The Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) program at WDCM™ is split into two modules; Northern and Southern Italy.  

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CAPS Professional Sommelier Program

The celebrated Sommelier Diploma is an achievement that recognizes advanced wine, spirits, beer and beverage knowledge, professional hospitality management, and the highest standards of service. Our program is accredited in Canada through the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) and recognized in all 50 countries of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI).

The WDCM™ also offers a WDCM Sommelier Certificate. The Sommelier Certificate program is a full-day workshop followed by a half-day exam. Successful completion of the exam will earn you a Sommelier certificate that recognizes you as a dedicated hospitality professional with a high standard of service, theory and blind tasting. This is also grounding for the Professional Sommelier Diploma. 

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Introductory Wine & Drinks Classes (NO EXAMS)

Courses for those interested in pursuing their love of wine without writing exams:

Essentials of Wine
Over two evenings, learn to taste, explore your palate, and assess the price versus quality of wine. No prior experience needed.

Essentials 2
With our engaging instructors, you can take your knowledge of wine to the next level. Over two evenings, explore classic and new wines in the context of grape varieties, where they are from (regions and climate), and how they are made. It is helpful to have taken the first level of Essentials of Wine, but prior experience is not required.

Beer Essentials
Our Beer Essentials program is perfect for anyone passionate about beer, and is an excellent preparation for those headed to the Professional Sommelier Program. Through tasting and learning, you will gain an understanding of beer production and the incredible range of world styles of beer.

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CUSTOM EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
At WDCM™, we can also custom design a day, evening or afternoon session for your group, team-building event or small conference. While we can tailor an event to your group, some of our most sought-after activities include wine games and competitions, wine and cheese sessions, and targeted classic and emerging wine region tastings.

Call us at 204.948.9463 for more information!