Can You Keep a Secret?

Three CAPS Sommeliers present the Wines of the Rhône on September 17th. This seminar is for working and certified sommeliers only. 



Exclusive Wine Chemistry Class

Do you know your terpenes from your thiols? Your polyphenols from your pyrazines? This is a note to gauge your interest in a one-of-a-kind wine course that will cover a critical, but often overlooked (or avoided) component of wine knowledge: wine chemistry. I have invited highly respected Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) professor, Benoît Marsan, Ph.D, to deliver a two-day deep dive into everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the chemistry of wine, for beginner’s or seasoned professionals, in Toronto. See course outline below, as well as prof. Marsan’s CV.

Prof. Marsan has been delivering this course in Montreal for several years, and everyone I know who has taken it (including top Canadians Véronique Rivest, Elyse Lambert, MS, Carl Villeneuve-Lepage, Nadia Fournier, among others) have raved about it, calling it ‘essential learning’ for anyone in the wine trade. We are looking at dates in the fall, likely a Wednesday -Thursday or Thurs-Fri in October, in the tasting lab at George Brown College. The course will be limited to 50 students (49, actually, because I’m taking a seat!). Lectures are accompanied by wine tastings to demonstrate each concept. The cost of the two-day course will be $220 + HST, all in, and the course will be in English.

If interested, please respond to this email with a “yes, I am interested” (this is not a firm commitment) by July 17 and we will add you to the list of first round invitees. Please also share this with any colleagues you feel will benefit from the course. You will receive an official invitation with confirmed dates (tentatively November 1 and 2) within a couple of weeks. This will fill up quickly; if you’re serious about wine, don’t miss it (and don’t worry - there’s no test afterwards!).

For CAPS Members only: a few seats reserved exclusively for members at 5% discount. Please email Alexandra Szabo at: and mention you are a CAPS member.

John Szabo MS