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Embark on a Journey Deep into the Heart of France

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The French Wine Scholar (FWS) program sets the industry standard as the most in-depth and comprehensive certification program devoted entirely to the wines of France. 

Tailored for dedicated wine aficionados and industry professionals, the FWS is your passport to understanding the nuanced appellations, viticultural marvels, art of winemaking, historic landmarks and rich traditions that make French wine a global benchmark.​

This 20-hour course provides detailed coverage of French AOC wines, as well as an introduction to French history, geography, viticulture and winemaking.

You will:

  • Develop specialist knowledge of the AOC wines of Alsace, Champagne, Jura, Savoie, Burgundy, Loire, Bordeaux, Rhône, Languedoc, Roussillon, Southwest France, Provence and Corsica
  • Appreciate the cultural context of French wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Taste a range of French wines

The next French Wine Scholar will run Thursdays, March 28th – May 30th at 6pm – 8pm. Learn more.

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WSET Level 1 Award in Beer

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WSET Level 1 Award in Beer provides a great introduction to the world of beer. Learning through sight, smell and taste, you’ll become familiar with a range of beer styles and how they are made.

If you work with beer, you’ll be able to answer customer queries with confidence and provide helpful recommendations. If you’re learning for fun, you’ll feel inspired to explore new styles and know how to get the most out of every glass.

The next in-class WSET Level 1 Award in Beer will take place Mondays, April 8th and April 15th at 5:30 pm – 8:30pm. Learn more.

The next online WSET Level 1 Award in Beer will take place Monday, April 8th – Sunday, May 5th. Learn more

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is the perfect wine course for anyone wishing to learn about a wide range of grapes and styles, as well as those seeking to build on the introductory knowledge gained with the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. 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.

The next online WSET Level 2 Award in Wines will run Monday, April 1st – Sunday, May 5th. Learn more.

The next in-class WSET Level 2 Award in Wines will run Tuesdays, April 16th – June 4th at 6pm – 8pm at 6pm – 8pm. Learn more.

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

This 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.

The online WSET Level 3 Award in Wines will take place Monday, April 1st – Sunday, June 2nd. Exam on Saturday, June 29th at 2:30pm. Learn more.

The in-class WSET Level 3 Award in Wines will take place Saturdays, April 13th – June 1st at 10:30am – 4pm. Exam on Saturday, June 15th at 10:30am. Learn more.

The New WSET Level 2 Award in Sake

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This new intermediate-level course is for those entering a profession in the industry as well as for enthusiasts who wish to broaden their knowledge in a structured way. You will learn how to confidently describe, as accurately as possible, what the named products you have studied taste like. You will also become a competent and confident sake taster and start the journey of learning the links between aroma, taste and touch to the theory of production.

The course will be delivered by IWEG’s Certified WSET Sake Lead Educator and Sake Samurai, Michael Tremblay.

The in-class WSET Level 2 Award in Sake will take place Saturdays and Sundays, April 6th and April 7th at 9:30am – 4:30pm, and Sunday, April 14th at 9:30am – 12:30pm. Learn more.

How to Pair Spanish Tapas and Wine

The history of tapas depends on who you ask. These small plates have long been part of the gastronomic fabric of Spain. Here we’ll explore five of the classics, paired up with a selection from the country’s amazingly versatile wines. Read on.