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IWEG’s office will close for the holidays on December 15th, and will reopen on January 2nd, 2024. You can register and pay for courses throughout the holidays here, where IWEG is always open.

We wish everyone in the IWEG community a safe and peaceful holiday, and look forward to welcoming you in 2024.

To help you achieve your 2024 goals, IWEG is offering a special promotion of early bird rates for the first 50 new registrants for 2024 WSET and Wine Scholar Guild courses!

Use the code early24 at checkout to receive 10 per cent off eligible courses! This special offer is effective December 7th and will run until January 2nd. The promotion is not retroactive to existing registrations prior to this date.

WSET Diploma in-class and online courses are not included in this offer.

The List Goes On

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Carmina recently completed the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. She shared with us why she took the course and some study tips:

I pursued the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines just to further my education. The online delivery method allows me to pick and choose when I can dedicate time to my studies. Having worked in hospitality for many years the flexibility it provides is extremely helpful. I’m the regional operations manager for the Amphora Group. We are currently expanding our locations to include a retail bottle shop. I find that all information I have learned from all my WSET programs have been very beneficial in multiple ways. It’s helped in putting together wine lists in each of the locations and training tools for the staff.

My advice for the next generation of students would be to truly enjoy and appreciate the learning process. You learn so much about geography, agriculture, the list goes on. Then plan a visit to a winery and see the process in action!

Holiday Gift Ideas

A bottle of wine, a glass of red wine and the Italian Wine Scholar study manuals for unit 1 on the wines of Northern Italy and unit 2 on the wines of Central and Southern Italy.

Italian Wine Scholar
Develop specialist knowledge of DOC and DOCG wines and appreciate the cultural context of Italian wine. Sign up now!

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Edinburgh Whisky Academy Online Courses
Explore the rich history of Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey or gin. Sign up now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
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. Sign up now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Taste and describe with confidence the characteristics of the principal wines of the world and give information on the key factors influencing style, quality and price. Sign up now!

Explore New Zealand Pinot Noir with John Szabo
Join Master Sommelier and IWEG visiting instructor John Szabo for an evening of tasting and exploration of New Zealand Pinot Noir. The masterclass will take place on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Sign up now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Become a more confident spirits taster and learn how to use a globally-recognized approach to tasting to analyze the appearance, nose, palate and quality level of a range of styles. Sign up now!

Personalized Gift Certificates

Whether you are an early holiday shopper or need the perfect gift year round, we offer personalized gift certificates that can be redeemed towards any course or event offered at IWEG. Gift certificates are valid for both in-class and online courses.

Please contact Anne Theunissen by email at to purchase a gift certificate.

International Wine and Spirit Competition: Emerging Talent Awards

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The International Wine and Spirit Competition’s (IWSC) Emerging Talent awards are an unparalleled opportunity for new and exciting voices within the industry to make their name and to build exposure and recognition for their work.

The winner of each of the six Emerging Talent awards will be granted a £2,500 travel bursary, courtesy of the IWSC Foundation, to enable them to further their education and development within their chosen field. These awards are open to everyone of all ages and all professions of the drinks trade.

Entry to the 2023 Emerging Talent Awards is now open. Download the entry forms and return them before Friday, January 27, 2023 to

Learn more.

Study Tips for the French Wine Scholar Program

The French Wine Scholar is a demanding program covering history, geography, geology, climate, grape varieties, viticulture and winemaking – in addition to 14 French wine regions! The sheer volume of information and detail requires commitment, dedication, and a game plan; so today I’m sharing my study tips to new and prospective students who are considering enrolment in this comprehensive program covering the wine regions of France. Here are top study tips from a fellow scholar for passing the French Wine Scholar program!