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To protect the health and safety of our students, instructors, partners and staff, IWEG has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all in-person tasting workshops, examinations and classes.

Read our mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for more details.

Carrie Rau

Carrie Rau DipWSET is a proud Cree food and wine professional living and working in Prince Edward County, Ontario. She is a certified CAPS Sommelier and a WSET instructor for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines and WSET Level 2 Award in Wines at IWEG.

Carrie graduated from the WSET Diploma in 2020 and completed courses with the International Sommelier Guild and the Court of Master Sommeliers. She is currently working as a certified red seal chef in recipe research and development at Loblaw’s Test Kitchen specializing in product development and front of house at Grand Cru Deli in Toronto.

A co-founder of Vinequity, a not-for-profit focusing on uplifting and amplifying the voices of BIPOC wine professionals, she is very passionate about career development, mentorship and wine education and she has her eye on future food and beverage trends in the hospitality industry.

Study tip:

Wine is supposed to be pleasurable as well so while you are studying, lace your study sessions with enjoyable bits of info about wine. Create a wine group so you can calibrate together, take some masterclasses and go to a wine bar and explore styles that you may not find in the LCBO. Eat some food and explore pairings; my favourite way to study wine. Take time to enjoy that glass of wine before analyzing it to death.