CEWECM-IMBA, is the Centre of Excellence in Wine Education and Cellar Management of the International Montreal Butler Academy.
Exclusive to IMBA and created by Richard Sagala and counseled by Gérard Basset, this world class wine training and cellar management program is a unique and distinctive feature of the IMBA.
In addition to their butler diploma, and after having having passed the WSET exams, students will be awarded the Level two and Level three Advanced Certificate from the world leading UK-based Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET*).
Once the WSET training is completed, the students will learn to master the Alfred Sommelier cellar management software, a professional tool especially adapted to the high standards of the IMBA academy and their clients. Whether for investment purposes or simply for pleasure, the acquired cellar management techniques will suit all the needs of any future IMBA alumni employer.
Our world class wine curriculum, taught in parallel with the other essential butlering techniques will span the entire (thirteen weeks) duration of the IMBA session; the wine program will be complemented by the study and the tasting of first growths and iconic wines such as: Lafite, Latour, Yquem etc., old vintages and rare grapes varieties.
Nowadays, it is expected that a butler will have an understanding of the fine wines, older vintages and special grape varieties that are found in curated wine cellars.
IMBA butlers will learn how to condition these special wines, will serve them with elegance and will be trained to plan functions and special events, work with chefs in creating menus for all occasions and suggesting appropriate wine and food pairings.
The CEWECM-IMBA wine focused butler program distinguishes the IMBA from all the other butler schools and will add tremendous value to the IMBA diploma. For a serious prospective student of the art of butling, or for a duly trained butler who wants to focus on wine, coming to Montreal on that basis alone is justified. More than Fifty thousand Dollars worth of wine will be tasted during the program
*In the wine world, WSET certifications are the gold standard and are recognized worldwide
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