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Summer wine, spirits and sake courses! 

Build Your Confidence When Making a Cocktail

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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, June 20th and June 27th at 6:30pm – 9pm
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits provides a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits and cocktails. You’ll explore the main types and styles of spirits through sight, smell, and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas.

This 6-hour course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits, liqueurs and cocktails.

You’ll learn:

  • The main types and styles of spirits
  • The basic principles of spirits production
  • How to serve spirits and cocktails
  • Factors affecting the flavour of spirits
  • How to describe spirits using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)

Broaden Your Knowledge in a Structured Way

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Saturdays, June 25th – July 16th at 9:30am – 4:30pm
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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.

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

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.

The Scotch Whisky Regions: Relevant or Redundant?

It is only over the last few decades that whisky marketers have really begun using the Scotch whisky regions to promote regional variations (in a similar way that wine producers have for many years). The usefulness of regional classification, however, has always been questioned by some in the whisky industry.

When the Scotch Whisky Association originally named five regions (which included the Islands as a sub-category of the Highlands), there were only a small handful of Island distilleries. However, with the opening of distilleries from Shetland to the Outer Hebrides and others, an Island region is arguably justifiable. But does it really matter? Read more.

Discover more about the history and business of Scotch

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The Certificate in Scotch Whisky from the Edinburgh Whisky Academy comprises of six online modules of interactive exercises, videos and pop quizzes to enhance your knowledge and appreciation of all things aqua vitae.

Discover more about the history and business of Scotch before covering the entire production process, from raw materials to distillation, maturation and bottling. You’ll come away knowing so much more about the golden liquor in your glass.

This beginner to intermediate course is for professionals looking to break into the industry or who are new to the industry, as well as to enthusiasts looking to improve their knowledge.

The flexible, self-paced format allows you to learn in your own time and, with quizzes at the end of each module, you can measure all the knowledge you’re distilling as you go.

Enrollment is open at any time. Sign up now!

Upcoming Courses

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In-class Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, September 17th at 9:30 am – 4:30pm
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Date: Saturday, October 15th at 9:30 am – 4:30pm
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Date: Saturday November 12th, at 9:30 am – 4:30pm
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Date: Saturday December 10th, at 9:30 am – 4:30pm
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, June 20th and June 27th @ 6:30pm – 9pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Saturdays, June 25th – July 16th at 9:30am – 4:30pm
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Date: Tuesdays, September 12th – November 8th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
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Date: Saturdays, October 22nd – November 5th at 9:30am – 4:30pm
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Date: Saturdays, November 19th – December 3rd at 9:30am – 4:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines – Sudbury
Date: Wednesdays, October 26th – December 7th at 6pm – 9pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, September 19th – November 7th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines 
Date: Wednesdays, August 31st – December 14th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
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Italian Wine Scholar – Northern Italy
Date: Thursdays, September 22nd – November 24th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
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Italian Wine Scholar – Southern and Central Italy
Date: Tuesdays, January 24th – March 28th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
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Spanish Wine Scholar 
Date: Tuesdays, October 4th – November 22nd at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
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Online Learning

Certificate in Scotch Whisky
Enrollment is open at any time 
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Certificate in Irish Whiskey
Enrollment is open at any time 
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Certificate in Gin
Enrollment is open at any time 
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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, June 27th – Sunday, July 24th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, June 27th – Sunday, July 24th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Monday, July 18th – Sunday, August 14th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, June 27th – Sunday, July 31st
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, July 11th – Sunday, August 14th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, June 27th – Sunday, August 28th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, July 11th – Sunday, September 11th
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All WSET textbooks and study guides are in an eBook format.