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IWEG’s office will close for the holidays at noon on December 16, 2022 and will reopen on Tuesday January 3, 2023. Please do not leave voicemail messages during this time.

You can register and pay for courses throughout the holidays here, where IWEG is always open.

All of us at IWEG wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Diane

A corporate lawyer by trade, my formal wine training began in the summer of 2016 when I enrolled in WSET Level 1 Award in Wines. While I had always enjoyed wine, I never felt that I had the right adjectives to describe what I was tasting or to know what I liked and why I liked it. From the first WSET course I was hooked and felt like I was in a grown up version of Grade 6 social studies class.

Level 1 just increased my curiosity and my desire to learn more which naturally led to Level 2 and then to Level 3. Frankly, I have to admit that Diploma frightened me a bit and I was more than intimidated given the intensity of Level 3. Instead, I decided to take my French Wine Scholar to feed my need to learn more about wine without committing to the full Diploma.

While in person classes were interrupted by COVID, I did complete the French Wine Scholar and did thoroughly enjoy it – still my favourite wine country! However, the Diploma kept calling me and it just seemed like the natural progression of my wine education.

I should mention that this is still a passionate hobby for me at this point, but one which I relish. The knowledge I have acquired, even half way through Diploma and the friends that I have made have been incredibly gratifying. Yes, its hard work, particularly when you have a day job. But the teaching professionals are excellent, incredibly helpful and you can tell they are routing for you.

Someday I do plan to “do something” with my wine passion, but for now, I am enjoying just learning about it. My advice – take the Diploma, make great, like minded friends, taste lots and lots of great (and sometimes not so great) wines and study hard.

À votre santé.