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For Chloe, the WSET Diploma is a way for her to share her love of wine with others:

Why are you pursuing the Diploma?

I had worked at a winery in the Niagara region a few years back and now I am working in a totally different field as a Financial Advisor. However, the memories I had with all my coworkers, the beautiful wine region and the working experience as a Wine Consultant and Hospitality Assistant Manager back then still brings me lots of joy and made me pursue the WSET Diploma.

Do you have any future plans with the program?

I still haven’t decided what my next career is after or during this WSET Diploma journey but I’ve hosted some wine classes, wrote some fun wine columns and made short YouTube videos about wine so far. These contents mostly focused on the Korean market here in Toronto and in Korea however I’d like to reach more passionate people who love wine and share my and their love about wine via multiple channels as much as possible!

Do you have any advice for prospective students?

I’d like to say….. just sign up for it and start it as long as you are ready to devote yourself to study a considerable amount of time. Even though it’s not been an easy journey with a busy personal life, I’ve been enjoying it so far because I learn a lot!

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines

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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.

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.

Learn more about the in-class WSET Diploma.

Learn more about the online WSET Diploma.

Revised and Extended – WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines Bursary from Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario

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IWEG is pleased to partner with Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario to offer two IWEG students that identify as women a $500 bursary for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines!

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have successfully completed WSET L3 with a final grade of Pass
  • Must be enrolled in the WSET Level 4 program
  • Must identify as women
  • Are Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, permanent residents, protected persons or international students

Applicants must provide a short cover letter introducing themselves and provide the following:

  • An essay of 700-1000 words maximum describing their background, motivation for this chosen career path and state why they would be a suitable candidate to receive the offered bursary
  • A detailed statement of their community involvement (preferably in the relevant industry
  • Submit proof of their academic excellence.

All applications should be emailed to maria.depenweiller@gmail.com. Please include in the subject line: Attn: Maria Depenweiller- IWEG application.

Once the bursary is presented, the applicant will submit a second letter of 700-1000 words describing how the bursary will assist them in achieving their career and educational goals.

Les Dames Escoffier has put together a small committee for review of applications and selection of the suitable candidates for the bursary presentation.

Applications are due by August 15, 2022.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario 
Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario (LDON) is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation. It is a leadership organization comprised of forward-thinking women who have achieved success in the food, beverage, hospitality, and tourism industries and who contribute significantly to their communities.

Their mission is to advance and support aspiring professional women in the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality, as well as to champion critical industry issues.

Natural Wines and Small Plates in Paris

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Since the late 90’s, the presence of natural wine in Paris has increased exponentially. Sommeliers, restaurateurs, and cavistes (wine merchants) started to move away from the generic wine lists of the French brasserie and instead looked to shine a light on the rising biodynamic and natural wine stars of France. Today, every arrondissement in Paris offers a wide range of establishments, from bottle shops to Michelin Star restaurants, which take inspiration from these early pioneers. Learn more about some of the the best natural wine spots in Paris.