After completing her BSc.H in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Guelph in 2000, she worked in the hospitality field as a server for several years at the Old Prune Restaurant in Stratford. Amy enjoyed learning about and promoting the wine list to customers but wanted to get back into sciences, so she decided to combine the two, wine and science, by starting graduate school at Brock University in 2003.
Amy is currently a Ph.D candidate at Brock University in the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). Her thesis involves the characterization of Canadian icewine through analytical and sensory methods to determine the effect of harvest date and crop level on its aroma compounds.
Amy decided to take the CAPS sommelier program to round out her education. Through her studies at Brock she was learning the science of wine making but also wanted to learn more about the finished product, how to serve it and how the profile of wine varies throughout the regions of the world. “The sommelier course allowed me to develop my palate, hone my service skills and increase my knowledge of grape varieties and wine styles outside of Ontario.”
Amy Bowen undertook her CAPS program at Niagara College and will receive The Ontario Hostelry Institute – Award of $3,500. and Steve McAdam undertook his CAPS program at George Brown College and will receive The Ontario Hostelry Institute-Gordon Kirwood – Award of $3,500