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All of us at IWEG wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Back in the Classroom

Carrie Rau Recipient of a Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship

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Congratulations to IWEG instructor Carrie Rau for receiving a Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship!

The Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships are each worth £55,000, and will cover not only the costs of the Scholars’ MW and MS studies, but will also enable the Scholars to partake in the worldwide, unprecedented Internship and Mentorship Programme at some of the world’s finest wine and spirit estates. The scholarships are being funded by the Gérard Basset Foundation from monies raised at the Golden Vines® Awards Ceremony & Dinner to be held in the Palazzo Vecchio Salone dei Cinquecento in Florence on 16th October 2022.

Jancis Robinson OBE MW, head judge, commented: “Judging these awards is one of the most rewarding things I do. So many candidates had truly inspiring stories and the standard of applications this year was even higher than last year. It was extremely difficult to choose these scholars, but it’s definitely a job worth doing if we are to widen the range of those who work in wine, spirits and hospitality. There is such talent and enthusiasm out there, in people of all hues and ethnicities.”

Carrie is an Indigenous wine educator, chef and sommelier who has done great work for equity herself with IWEG partner Vinequity and is at a perfect point in her life to take on internships and the MW. When asked to specify her ethnicity on the application form, she wrote, ‘the Cree band from Western Canada, Treaty Number 536’.

Well done, Carrie!

Perfect for both the trade professional and the serious enthusiast, the course will arm you with specialist-level skills and experience, plus international recognition as an expert in the field of wine.

The online WSET Diploma starts on October 3rd. For more information, contact diploma@iweg.org.

The market-leading WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines qualification provides expert level knowledge and develops key analytical skills for success in the global wine business. Perfect for both the trade professional and the serious enthusiast, the course will arm you with specialist-level skills and experience, plus international recognition as an expert in the field of wine.

Holders of the Diploma will be able to identify characteristics of the principal wines of the world, make informed assessments of a product’s quality and value, and identify appropriate opportunities for the products within a given market.

You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to underpin the job requirements in such roles as Food & Beverage Manager, Wine Buyer or Sales Executive.

The Diploma fulfills the prerequisite for the wine qualification requirement for entry to the Master of Wine (MW) program.

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The IWEG experience

As the leading organization in wine, spirits and sake education in Canada, IWEG has offered the WSET Level 4 Diploma since 1988.

Our Diploma graduates over the years have gone on to become vital members of the wine and spirits industry in Canada and worldwide. IWEG holds the record for having the largest amount of Diploma graduates in Canada!

IWEG has been offering Diploma studies for longer than any institute outside of the WSET School in London, which means we enjoy a long history of student success. Our passionate and highly qualified Diploma educators, who come from different fields within the trade, provide on-going support to help you master the analytical tasting skills and supplemental theoretical knowledge necessary to succeed.

Explore the Use of Spirits in Cocktails

Become a more confident spirits taster and learn how to use a globally-recognized approach to tasting to analyze the appearance, nose, palate and quality level of a range of styles.

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits covers the main categories of spirits and liqueurs and examines the influences of production methods on the different styles available in each category, building on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits. Throughout the course, you’ll develop analytical tasting skills while exploring the use of spirits in cocktails.

This 14-hour course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills. Expect to spend an additional 12 hours on preparation and review outside of the classroom.

You’ll learn:

  • How to taste and describe spirits using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
  • Major spirits categories and styles, as well as liqueurs, vermouth and cocktails
  • The four main steps in spirits production
  • What labelling terms mean
  • Assessment and description skills as you sample a range of benchmark examples
  • Basic principles of spirits storage and service and about cocktail equipment, ingredients, basic techniques and main cocktail families

The course starts soon on Mondays, September 26th – November 14th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Appreciate the Cultural Context of Italian Wine

A bottle of wine, a glass of red wine and the Italian Wine Scholar study manuals for unit 1 on the wines of Northern Italy and unit 2 on the wines of Central and Southern Italy.

Develop specialist knowledge of DOC and DOCG wines and appreciate the cultural context of Italian wine.

The Italian Wine Scholar is an extensive two-unit specialist certification focused on the diverse wines and wine regions of Italy. It is designed by the Wine Scholar Guild to provide current, accurate information on all of the wine regions of Northern, Central and Southern Italy, and to validate proficiency in the wines and wine regions of the country.

Unit 1 is 16 hours and covers Northern Italy and Unit 2 is 14 hours and covers Central and Southern Italy. The course provides detailed coverage of Italian wines, as well as an introduction to Italian history, geography, viticulture and winemaking. The units can be taken in any order and are sold seperately.

You will:

  • Develop specialist knowledge of DOC and DOCG wines of 21 Italian regions
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Italian wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Taste and assess a range of Italian wines, which illustrate regional or grape varietal typicity, as well as diversity of styles by authorized Wine Scholar Guild instructors

The Northern Italy starts soon on Thursdays, September 22nd – November 24th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

10th Kampai Toronto Festival of Sake

Canada’s largest sake event is back for a live event at a new venue on Saturday, October 1st. Experience over 200 sakes from 50 breweries at this one of a kind event, held for the first time at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC).

The JCCC is one of the largest Japanese cultural institutions in the world and a pillar of the Japanese Canadian community, offering a perfect setting to experience the extensive history, boundless culture and impressive legacy of sake, a beverage which continues to evolve and innovate over centuries to this day. 

Purchase tickets here.

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Learn more about sake with our upcoming courses:

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Build your confidence when tasting sake, buying a bottle or pairing sake with food.

In-class:
Saturday, October 15th at 9:30am – 4:30pm
Register Now!

Online:
Monday, November 7th – Sunday, December 4th
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
Delve deeper into this fascinating beverage and gain a new specialization.

In-class:
Saturdays, November 19th – December 3rd at 9:30am – 4:30pm
Register Now!

Develop Specialist Knowledge of Spanish Wine

Develop specialist knowledge of the DO / DOCa regions and appreciate the cultural context of Spanish wine.

The Spanish Wine Scholar is an in-depth specialist certification focused on the wines and wine regions of Spain. It is designed by the Wine Scholar Guild to provide current, accurate information on all of the wine regions of Spain and validate proficiency in the wines and wine regions of Spain.

This 16-hour course provides detailed coverage of Spanish wine regions, as well as an introduction to Spanish history, geography, viticulture and winemaking.

You will:

  • Develop specialist knowledge of the DO / DOCa regions in seven sessions involving: Green Spain; The Duero River Valley; La Rioja; The Ebro River Valley / Central Mediterranean Coast; Cataluña; La Meseta /Islands and Andalucia
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Spanish wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Taste a curated range of Spanish wines specially prepared for this course by authorized Wine Scholar Guild instructors

The course will run Tuesdays, October 4th – November 22nd at 6:30pm – 8:30pm.