24 Hour Bar - IWEG News May. 27, 2021

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Vinequity Mentorship Program

The summer/fall Vinequity mentorship term is now open to accept applications.

If successful as a mentorship applicant, you will get a chance to receive rare one-on-one career advice and coaching in the fields of wine service and restaurant management, wine writing and judging, wine education and more!

Who is eligible?
  • Anyone who identifies as BIPOC and is pursuing a career or advanced education in wine / winemaking is encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates will be selected by Vinequity and the Mentorship team.
  • Spaces are limited per term, so candidates are encouraged to reapply in subsequent terms.
Where and when does mentorship take place?
  • There are 13 mentorship placements available this July to December term.
  • Successful mentorship candidates will receive the opportunity for up to 13 one-on-one Zoom sessions with their Mentor placement (that’s one call every other week for 6 months).
Online applications for the summer/fall term are open from May 17 through to and including June  11, 2021. Learn more.

Spring 2021 Courses

Blended Learning

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines - starting soon!
Date: Tuesdays, June 15th - August 3rd @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Date: Saturdays, July 3rd - August 21st @ 10:30am - 12:30pm
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Spanish Wine Scholar
Date: Thursdays, September 23rd - November 25th @ 6:30pm - 8pm
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Online Learning
IWEG offers online WSET courses through WSET’s Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. A minimum number of hours of study per week is recommended (which varies depending on the course) to successfully complete each course and regular participation is essential.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, July 4th
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Date: Monday, June 21st - Sunday, July 18th
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Date: Monday, June 28th - Sunday, July 25th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 
Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, July 4th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Monday, June 28th - Sunday, July 25th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, July 11th
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Date: Monday, June 21st - Sunday, July 25th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, June 21st - Sunday, August 1st
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, June 28th - Sunday, August 29th
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Date: Monday, July 12th - Sunday, September 12th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, August 8th
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Certificate in Irish Whiskey - 
Eight modules at your own self-directed pace
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Certificate in Scotch Whisky - NEW!
Eight modules at your own self-directed pace
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Discover the wines of Germany, one bottle at a time!

Each month, in collaboration with Wines of Germany, we will present a featured wine of the month that is available through the LCBO. Purchase the featured wine and practice your tasting skills for a chance to win a Wines of Germany prize package!

This month's wine is the Anselmann Edesheimer Rosengarten Siegerrebe Spätlese 2019 (LCBO#: 910554), made with Siegerrebe, a pink-skinned white-wine grape created in Rheinhessen in 1929 from a crossing of Gewürztraminer and Madeleine Angevine. Dare to try it! 

Wines of Germany would like to thank all participants in the challenge this year.
Purchase the Anselmann Edesheimer Rosengarten Siegerrebe Spätlese 2019.

Here’s how to participate:
1. Purchase Anselmann Edesheimer Rosengarten Siegerrebe Spätlese 2019 at the LCBO.
2. Take a picture of the wine and write a short tasting note on the wine.
3. If you are on social media, post your photo and tasting note and tag IWEG and Wines of Germany Canada on any or all of these social media platforms:
Facebook: @germanwinecanada and @IWEGDrinksAcademy
Instagram: @germanwinecanada and @iweg_canada
Twitter: @germanwineca and @IWEG_Canada
4.Send your photo, tasting note, copy of LCBO receipt and contact and mailing details by email to IWEG at marketing@iweg.org.
The name and submitted photo and tasting note of the winner will be published in the IWEG newsletter by June 10.

Contest details:
From January to June, we will present a featured wine of the month for IWEG students that is available through the LCBO retail network.

Each month a winner will be selected to receive a Wines of Germany prize package that includes a $50 LCBO Gift card redeemable on German wine and Wines of Germany swag.

The selected winner will be contacted by IWEG to confirm mailing details.

Effort will be made to select wines that are readily available in LCBO stores and online to allow time for wine pick up or delivery.

Learn about still wines, sparkling wines, sweet wines and fortified wines

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is for students looking to gain more confidence and better understanding of the important grape varieties and styles of wine they produce. It is an indispensable introduction to the factors that influence the quality and character of the world’s most popular wine styles.

This course will:
  • Explain how wine is made
  • Explore the style and quality of wines made from over 22 regionally important grape varieties produced in over 70 wine growing regions around the world
  • Explore how environmental factors, grape growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:
    • Chardonnay
    • Pinot Grigio/Gris
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Riesling
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Merlot
    • Pinot Noir
    • Syrah/Shiraz
  • Teach how classifications and other labelling terms indicate origin, style and quality
  • Help develop tasting assessment and description skills
  • Show how to understand and be able to apply basic principles of wine storage, service and food and wine pairing
  • Teach how to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
Successful completion requires passing a 50-question multiple-choice exam (55% to pass). Once you have completed this course, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.    

The course is comprised of live content sessions via the Zoom videoconferencing platform and in-person tasting workshops on Tuesdays, June 15th - August 3rd @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

Sign up now!

24 Hour Bar

Corby Spirit and Wine and Bartender Atlas are bringing a 24 Hour Bar into homes! Beginning at 12pm EST on Friday, May 28th, 24 bartenders from across the globe will work 1 hour shifts from their home or work bar. They will be making cocktails, answering questions and telling viewers about their cities and bars.

The last 15 months have been devastating for the bar community with restaurant & bar closures and lockdowns taking place globally due to the pandemic. Everyone, no matter their city or country, has been negatively affected by it. Corby Spirit and Wine and Bartender Atlas wanted to create a virtual event to bring bartenders from across the world together, hiring them to do what they do best: making creative cocktails and engaging with the people. While we may not be allowed to visit these bartenders at their bars right now, this is a chance to bring that experience home to everyone. 

24 Hour Bar features 24 bartenders from 12 countries, 11 time zones and 6 continents. 

24 Hour Bar will stream live on Twitch.


May in the Vineyard

As the temperatures climb in May, the rate of growth of grapevines accelerates rapidly. By the end of May, this growth could reach an inch or two a day. If you’ve ever visited a vineyard, or seen a picture of one, you might imagine that vines naturally grow in neat self-contained rows. Actually, a wild grapevine is quite unruly. If left to its own devices, it would twist and turn its way up the nearest tree, using its tendrils to grab on to anything it can until it finally breaks through into the light. However, this long, tangled vine is unlikely to produce a particularly tasty crop of fruit. Most of its energy is going into growing and climbing. Learn why a grape grower needs to control the vine in order to make it concentrate more energy into ripening its grapes.

While there is a loose correlation between yield and quality, it is generally accepted that if the vine is balanced it can properly ripen the crop to a winemaker’s specifications. Learn why vine balance tends to be a common topic of discussion between vineyard managers and winemakers.

Sign up for a GuildSomm membership

GuildSomm is an international non-profit organization that promotes education and community for wine professionals and aficionados. GuildSomm members have access to an enormous archive of wine study materials, an up-to-date Compendium of wine law (also available as an app), discussion forums to connect with other members worldwide, a job board, and much more. You can see a list of additional member benefits here.

We recommend GuildSomm to any of our students who want to continue their wine education and stay current on wine news. Students of IWEG are invited to register for a year of GuildSomm membership at a reduced rate of $79 USD, using the partner code IWEG79.  All first-time GuildSomm members are eligible to sign up using this code. Sign up for a discounted Guildsomm membership.