New World wine regions are quickly establishing market strength. This section of the Sommelier program examines the ‘New World’ wine regions including Australia, New Zealand, South America, South Africa, USA, and Canada, with special attention to the wines of Nova Scotia/New Brunswick/P.E.I. In this section of the course students will study the character and quality of the major wines of the New World, learning the history, terroir, culture, laws, leading producers and trends. Emphasis will be placed on the advancement of New World winemaking techniques and the influence of these developments within the New World wine regions and abroad. In this course, students will continue to develop their tasting ability and wine assessment skills, as well as knowledge of food and wine pairings.
This course is instructed by Mark DeWolf and Carman Mills, and runs in January each year.
Syllabus of Course Content:
- Class 1: New World winemaking techniques, wine closures and alternative packaging
- Class 2: Wines of Chile
- Class 3: Wines of Argentina
- Class 4: NW techniques & South America written exam
- Class 5: Wines of Canada - Ontario & British Columbia
- Class 6: Wines of Canada - Nova Scotia
- Class 7: Wines of USA - California
- Class 8: Wines of USA -California continued
- Class 9: Wines of USA - Washington, Oregon & Other USA
- Class 10: North America written exam
- Class 11: Wines of South Africa
- Class 12: Wines of Australia
- Class 13: Wines of New Zealand
- Class 14: South Africa, Australia & New Zealand written exam and final tasting exam.
Evaluation of New World Wine Regions
New World Wine Making Techniques & South America Written Exam 20%
North America Written Exam 20%
South Africa & New Zealand Written Exam 20%
Final Tasting Exam 30%
Research Project 10%
Note 1: In compliance to CAPS national educational standards, participants must achieve a minimum of 70% to successfully pass this module.
Note 2: Participants must achieve a minimum of 65% (collectively) on the tasting components to successfully pass this module.
Note 3: Participants are expected to attend all examination days. Any rescheduling may result in an additional supplemental fee.
Note 4: Research projects will receive a 10% deduction per day accepted after deadline.