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Outside the 9-5

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With the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines, Lauren turned a hobby into a winery career. Here’s her story:

I originally took WSET Level 2 Award in Wines as a way to have fun and keep learning outside my 9-5 job in marketing, but I quickly realized this needed to become more than a hobby and signed up for WSET Level 3 Award in Wines to try to pursue a career in the wine world. My study advice is cue cards are your best friend! Pull out key terms, locations, grapes etc., and take the time to write them down. The act of revisiting the textbook and your class notes is super helpful but what makes cue cards the best, is that you can take them anywhere/everywhere so you can study on the fly. Hang in there and good luck everyone!

Starting Soon: WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Saturdays, July 9th – July 23rd at 9:30am – 4:30pm
Register Now!

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.

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.

You’ll learn:

  • 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
  • How grape varieties and winemaking processes influence key styles of
  • 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

A Journey of Self-Discovery

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The Diploma has had a profound impact on Will:

The WSET Diploma was an amazing journey of self discovery and challenge. I was able to gain an incredible understanding of wine styles and knowledge from around the world, which has had a profound impact on day-to-day operations at Rosewood Estates Winery. At the same time it armed me personally with invaluable confidence and familiarity when speaking to consumers, sommeliers, beverage managers or other producers – this has helped us both “sell” wine for Rosewood and has helped make critical production decisions by better understanding global taste preferences. I can’t thank IWEG and the WSET Diploma program enough for this as I never expected this type of result. On top of all this, I met some incredible wine-loving individuals along the way. It’s a rigorous and demanding program but one I am very happy to have completed.

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.

Jamaican Rum: Who’s Got the Funk?

Funk… funny word isn’t it?

It’s unmistakably muscular in how it rolls off the tongue and yet it’s extraordinarily flexible, with so many different meanings depending on the context. Ask Bruno Mars what funk means to him, and he’ll undoubtedly direct you Uptown for some uplifting Saturday night beats.
But ask any office worker trapped in the depths of the Hump Day doldrums and you may very well find them feeling in a low-energy funk of an entirely different persuasion.

However, if you ask any rum lover about funk and they will without exception direct you towards Jamaica. Indeed, funk has become such a byword for Jamaican rum that we sometime lose track of just what it means…

Learn what funk means in rum.

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 with Distinction 
  • 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 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 July 31, 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.

School of Cool: i4C

Row of glasses of chardonnay wine with a red booklet that says school of cool.

The i4C: International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration is back July 22-24, 2022 in Niagara!

Tickets and packages for the complete lineup of i4C events are available for online purchase.

The School of Cool is the perfect way to kick start your i4C weekend. This all-day event featuring Andrew Jefford from Decanter is filled with fun extras like The Great Chardo Swap, delicious White Oaks coffee breaks, an amazing lunch and so many tastings. Once word gets out about everything that’s included for just $175, these tickets will be gone! And remember, the Walkaround Tasting from 3:30 – 5:00 pm is included in your School of Cool ticket. Learn more.