HTM406 - Sommelier: An Introduction

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Subject Title
Sommelier: An Introduction

Subject Description
This course exposes students to the dynamic and diverse field of fermented beverages. The course provides a foundation in theory and practice in areas such as spirits, beer and wine, and the fine dining service of such beverages. Careers and opportunities found in the wine, spirits and beer industry will also be discussed.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Tourism & Travel Diploma or the Hospitality Management - Hotel & Restaurant Diploma as a professional option.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the major regions in the world that produce wine, beer and spirits
2. Identify the major grapes and grains used in fermented beverages
3. Analyze and demonstrate through blind tasting the difference between an Old World and New World wine
4. Examine and analyze the different types of beer and the beer making processes involved
5. Describe and demonstrate the various spirits and their contribution to the making of popular cocktails
6. Describe and demonstrate serving techniques used in wine, beer and spirits
7. Explain the importance of operations of the LCBO and private merchants
8. Use correct business etiquette and adhere to professional standards of dress, hygiene and grooming.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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