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Join the class of 2025! Perfect for both the trade professional and the serious enthusiast, the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines will arm you with specialist-level skills and experience, plus international recognition as an expert in the field of wine. Learn more.

Yuuji Nagaoka

Yuuji is a WSET Diploma graduate from IWEG and a certified WSET educator with nearly 15 years of experience in the wine industry. He has dedicated over 10 years of his career to providing wine service, teaching WSET, building full wine programs for multiple new restaurants and hosting wine events at Oliver and Bonacini Hospitality. He is currently a Sales Account Manager with Cave Spring Cellars and The Vine Agency, as well as one of the curators for Gargoyle wine club.  Yuuji also participates in sensory analysis research for VQA Ontario.

Study tip:

Studying wine can be intimidating. The amount of information is daunting. What I suggest is to keep it simple. The fact is that wine is an agricultural product. Wine comes from grapes. Grapes come from vines. Vines come from the earth. Just like the tomatoes you put on your salad. You know which tomato to buy. You will know which wine to buy. And always practice. Taste and take notes every chance you get, either manually or digitally. Practice reading labels at the store. Examine how wine is made or where it comes from, or from which grape it is produced, you’ll have a lot more fun. You will know if you were right or wrong when you taste the wine. Remember, studying wine is meant to be rewarding!