Become a Wines of Portugal Ambassador! This ViniPortugal course covers fundamental knowledge about Portuguese wine. Explore the history, taste a variety of wine styles, and develop your knowledge of the native grape varietals of this great winemaking region.
This 3-hour course is ideal for trade professionals seeking professional accreditation and Portuguese wine enthusiasts.
Discover the most important native grape varietals, understand traditional vinification systems, tour the unique sub-regions and taste a number of diverse wines showcasing Portugal’s diverse terroirs.
- Develop an extensive knowledge of Portuguese wines
- Be able to recognize the iconic wines, the famous fortified wines, the 10 main grape varieties, the typical blends and the contribution of each variety in the composition of the blend for wines of Portugal
- Be able identify and know the main characteristics of the main regions (including Beira Interior and Azores)
- Develop an in-depth knowledge on the harmonization of international gastronomy with Portuguese wines
Upon successful completion of a test, you will receive a certificate and the title of Wines of Portugal Ambassador.
Riesling Deep Dive
This event is complimentary for trade professionals and IWEG students. Limited seating available. RSVP with Sara at email@example.com.
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Become an Italian Wine Scholar
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 separately ($1150 for each course).
- 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
Prerequisite: None. However, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is recommended, and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is preferred.
This course includes:
- A study manual and workbook
- A full-year access to all Italian Wine Scholar online resources (videos, interactive quizzes, webinars, pronunciation exercises etc.)
- Exam registration fee
- Tutored tasting of over 40 wines per unit
- Diverse hands-on group activities designed to enhance recall and address different learning styles
The course is taught by authorized Wine Scholar Guild instructors Aleksandar Simic, Nancy Reynolds, Robert Miller and Kim Berdusco.
Italian Wine Scholar (Unit 2)
Date: Thursdays, September 21st – November 9th at 6pm – 8pm
Broaden your Knowledge in a Structured Way
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is an intermediate-level course for those entering a profession in the wine industry as well as for enthusiasts who wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way. You’ll gain knowledge of the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown and the styles of wine they produce. Through a combination of tasting and theory, you’ll explore the factors that impact style and quality and learn how to describe these wines with confidence.
This 17-hour course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills. Expect to spend 11 hours on preparation and review outside of the classroom.
- How to taste and describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine®(SAT)
- How environmental factors, grape-growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties
- The style and quality of wines
- Key labelling terms used to indicate origin, style and quality
- Principles and processes involved in the storage and service of wine
- Principles of food and wine pairing
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Tuesdays, September 12th – October 31st at 6pm – 8pm
Develop a Broader and Deeper Understanding of Wine
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is an advanced-level course is for industry professionals as well as dedicated enthusiasts who want to develop a broader and deeper understanding of wine. You’ll have a thorough understanding of grape growing and wine making and the factors that account for the style, quality and price of the principal still, sparkling and fortified wines of the world. You’ll learn how to use your tasting notes to make objective conclusions on a wine’s style, quality and readiness for drinking.
This 40-hour course provides in-depth and detailed understanding of how human and natural factors in vineyard and winery affect wine style, quality and price. It further develops systematic tasting and description skills. Expect to spend 50 hours of preparation and review outside of the classroom.
- Grape varieties, wines and wine-growing regions in detail
- The key factors in the production of wine: location, grape growing, winemaking, maturation and bottling
- How these key factors influence the key characteristics of the principal still wines of the world, sparkling wines of the world and fortified wines of the world
- How to apply your understanding to explain wine style and quality
- How to make appropriate wine recommendations
- How to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, September 30th – October 29th at 10:30am – 4pm
Rogers & Company Needs Volunteers
Rogers & Company (Château, Villa & Estate Wines) is hosting its annual portfolio show on Monday October 23, 2023 and are looking for volunteers to help make this event a success yet again.
Rogers & Company is a leading importer and distributor of premium wines in Ontario. From small beginnings in 1984 to our current portfolio of more than 120 wineries, Rogers & Company’s focus has remained clear: to represent only wines of quality and distinction from wineries that serve as benchmarks of quality for their respective regions of origin.
All volunteers will have the opportunity to taste wines and meet principals from the wineries they represent.
Event Date: Monday, October 23, 2023
Volunteer Slots: 1:30 pm to 4:30pm (Trade) and 6pm to 9pm (Private Clients)
Please aim to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the event.
Location: George Restaurant – 110C Queen St. E (2 blocks East of Queen and Yonge)
If you are interested in volunteering, please e-mail Julia Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416 961 2294 ext. 226.
Unlock Chablis is a new interactive game that immerses users into the heart of Chablis. The game takes you on a virtual journey to one of the purest expressions of Chardonnay in the world. As you play, you will discover the history, heritage, and iconic wines of the region.
Developed and tested by the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB), the game strikes a perfect balance between challenging and entertaining.
The game is now available via unlock.chablis-wines.com.