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CAPS Atlantic Graduates 8 in NB/PEI

On Wednesday, August 22, 2007, in Charlottetown, 8 new graduates will receive official Sommelier Certification as part of the Atlantic Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS). This is the first year that the Atlantic Sommelier program, in existence since 2000, has been completed using the curriculum of CAPS.

There has been solid growth in the Sommelier profession in Atlantic Canada since 2000, when the Atlantic class was offered in Nova Scotia. Courses are now offered around the region, and there is a pool of professionals working to improve wine selection and service.

The current students have completed an intensive program consisting of 6 modules, undergoing instruction in Sensory Evaluation, Grape Growing and Winemaking, Wines of the Old World, Wines of the New World, Beer and Spirits, and Sommelier Management.

All together, the course consists of over 200 hours of instruction, plus countless hours of home study.

This is an Atlantic effort; a second class of Sommeliers is scheduled to graduate shortly in Nova Scotia.

Three of the graduating NB/PEI students (Peter Williams, Evan McAskile, and Debbie Cudmore), work on Prince Edward Island as part of the Murphy Group of Restaurants, while three others (Gene Cormier, Susan Pederson, and Adrienne Light), are part of the Fairmont Algonquin staff in St. Andrews By The Sea, New Brunswick. Other graduates include Craig Campbell, a hospitality professional in Truro, Nova Scotia, and Terry Murphy, an educational consultant in Saint John.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticsommeliers.ca or call (506 647 8466) or email (frogspad@nb.aibn.com) instructor Craig Pinhey.