A Splash of Wine - IWEG Monthly Newsletter Jun. 06, 2019

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Peter Wearing - "an absolute gift"

An ode to one of our WSET Diploma Program Coordinators

Many of IWEG's WSET Diploma students are currently studying for their final exams next week. One of these students is Joey Krueger, who contacted IWEG to pass along the following words about IWEG's WSET Diploma Coordinator Peter Wearing, DipWSET:

As I sit in total trepidation, studying my week and weekends away, I thought it poignant to convey this message. Peter Wearing is an absolute gift. He has been the most effective and dedicated teacher our diploma class has had. Surrounded by true legends on this journey, the gifted group of students I have had the pleasure of joining in this pursuit are in awe and are truly inspired by all whom have taken the time to convey what they know.

We have been truly honoured to have had the experience delivered by IWEG. All this to say that Peter has gone above and beyond in his teaching, mentorship (sometimes stress therapy) and overall commitment to the students of IWEG. He is a brilliant and generous teacher with his experience, knowledge and dedication and deserves any and all recognition and honour associated with his efforts.
Thanks so much for being an outstanding model of education for WSET programs and for providing us with the best this city, province and country have to offer! A sincere shout out to everyone who has taught us!  Peter just happens to be the favourite! 

We wish the best of luck to Joey and all the WSET Diploma students in their exam studies!

IWEG's Drinks Ontario award winners

At its annual awards gala held last month, Drinks Ontario and its members honoured individuals in the industry who have helped enhance consumers’ knowledge of and appreciation for beverage alcohol products in the Ontario marketplace.

IWEG proudly congratulates four IWEG students on their accomplishments:

Peter Obradovich - Jack Ackroyd Memorial Scholarship Award

Pamela Campos Ocana - Jack Ackroyd Memorial Scholarship Award

Aleksandar Simic - David A. Churchill Memorial Scholarship Award

John Praskey - Brian Kirkwood Memorial Scholarship Award

“IWEG is delighted for our WSET students who have won scholarship awards from our trade partners, Drinks Ontario members. These awards recognize outstanding achievements in WSET qualifications at IWEG and also showcase how the school’s instructors are dedicated to students achieving their personal and professional goals.” - Paul Miles, Executive Director of IWEG

Upcoming Courses

Starting soon at IWEG:

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, July 6th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake - Ottawa!
Date: Saturday, July 27th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: Algonquin College
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits - Condensed
Date: Saturdays, June 8th, 15th and 22nd @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits - Condensed
Date: Saturdays, July 13th, 20th and 27th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits - in Simplified Chinese!
Date: Saturdays, July 13th, 20th and 27th @ 9:30AM - 3PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Check out other upcoming courses!

Signature Series

Rosé Made Me Do It

Tuesday, June 18th
6:30pm - 8:30pm

Rosé All Day didn’t happen overnight. Pink wine sales have exploded in recent years in North America. In France, rosé now outsells white wines. But that wasn’t always the case. Dedicated producers once struggled to make the case that the refreshing and refined character of dry rosé was a serious wine style. Join IWEG’s Director of Education Christopher Waters, DipWSET, with special guests such as Shiraz Mottiar, Winemaker at Malivoire for a comparative tasting of local and international styles and a look at how winemaking and marketing styles have evolved to make rosé one of the hottest trends in wine.  Sign up now!

Check out IWEG's other upcoming masterclasses.

Student Corner

Social Media Contest Winner

Congratulations to Alison Lee for winning this month's social media contest! This is Alison's winning post from her studies in the Italian Wine Scholar.

The Grand Cru in wine education

The new WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines

As the leading organization in wine, spirits and sake education in Canada, IWEG has offered the WSET Level 4 Diploma since 1988.

Our 182 Diploma Graduates over the years have gone on to become vital members of the wine and spirits industry in Canada and worldwide. IWEG holds the record for having the largest number of Diploma graduates in Canada!

IWEG has been offering Diploma studies for longer than any institute outside of the WSET School in London, which means we enjoy a long history of student success. Our current pass rate for the most rigorous component, "Wines of the World", is 22 percent higher than the global average pass rate for this unit of study.

Our passionate and highly qualified Diploma educators, who come from different fields within the trade, provide on-going support to help you master the analytical tasting skills and supplemental theoretical knowledge necessary to succeed.

Learn what some of IWEG's WSET Diploma graduates and candidates have to say about the program.

The new WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines

The market-leading WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines qualification provides expert level knowledge and develops key analytical skills for success in the global wine business. Perfect for both the trade professional and the serious enthusiast, the course will arm you with specialist-level skills and experience, plus international recognition as an expert in the field of wine.

Sign up now!

Learn how to read a wine label in just 3 Saturdays this summer

Sign up for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits

Deciphering a wine label can be a daunting task. While the information and design of a label may vary from region to region, knowing the key features of a wine label will help you understand and predict how the wine will taste. Check out WSET Global's two-part guide for reading wine labels from anywhere in the world:

Do you want to learn more about understanding wine labels and the wines they describe? Sign up for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits this summer!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is a beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in the industry, looking to join the industry or wine and spirit enthusiasts.

This 20-hour course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills. You will:

  • Understand how wine is made
  • Explore major grape varieties and key wine-growing regions
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that influence the style of wines
  • Learn what classifications and other labelling terms mean
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample wines, sparkling wines, fortified wines, spirits and liqueurs
  • Understand and be able to apply basic principles of wine storage, service and food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

The upcoming condensed WSET Level 2 Wines and Spirits will be taught by IWEG's Education Director Christopher Waters, DipWSET. Christopher is an alumnus of IWEG, having successfully completed the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits in January 2018 and is a WSET Certified Educator. He is the co-founder and editor of Vines, a national consumer magazine aimed at Canadians who buy, drink and enjoy wine on a regular basis and is the author of the weekly wine column, Waters & Wine, which is syndicated in Postmedia Network publications across Canada. In addition to wine writing, Chris is also the Head Judge of the InterVin International Wine Awards and is the Wine Appreciation Co-ordinator at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University where he teaches about the history of Ontario wine, classic wine styles and regions.

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits - Condensed
Date: Saturdays, June 8th, 15th and 22nd @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
 - Condensed
Date: Saturdays, July 13th, 20th, and 27th@ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!Sign up now!

Christopher Waters will be presenting on behalf of IWEG the Oaked Chardonnay Award ~ Over $20 at the 25th annual Ontario Wine Awards presentation ceremony on June 6, 2019. 

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Thank you to our partners for supporting IWEG's educational programming. For a full list of our partners, visit here.