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Shop Local During Ontario Wine Week

June 14 - June 20, 2020

Officially declared by the provincial government in June 2005, every third week in June has been proclaimed Ontario Wine Week. This act helps to recognize the efforts of Ontario grape growers and winemakers and solidify the recognition of wines grown in Ontario.

Ontario VQA wineries are open and many are beginning  to resume tasting experiences at their vineyards. You can also purchase VQA wines online direct from the winery or through LCBO online. Learn more.

Here's why you should sign up for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines

Nell Best shares her story

“The WSET Diploma program was a significant undertaking - one that I am incredibly proud to have accomplished. The level of knowledge I have attained through this program has allowed me to flourish both personally and professionally. By refining my palate and gaining a thorough understanding of production methods, wine regions and styles, I’ve been able to confidently engage with enthusiasts and industry professionals alike. As a product specialist at the LCBO, I am able to educate and share my extensive product knowledge. This has afforded me the ability to better make recommendations that best suit my customers needs. Perhaps most valuable of all, the Diploma program is where I made important and lasting connections with fellow aficionados. The WSET Diploma presents a worthy challenge for anyone who finds themselves enamoured with the world of beverage alcohol and it has been immensely gratifying to have gone through it.”  – Nell Best DipWSET, LCBO Product Consultant

WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines 

Online program starts in October

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.

Holders of the Diploma will be able to identify characteristics of the principal wines of the world, make informed assessments of a product's quality and value, and identify appropriate opportunities for the products within a given market. 

Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to underpin the job requirements in such roles as Food & Beverage ManagerWine Buyer or Sales Executive.

The Diploma fulfills the prerequisite for the wine qualification requirement for entry to the Master of Wine (MW) program.

This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the online WSET Diploma program will begin in October and a condensed in-class WSET Diploma program is planned for January. 

If you are interested in the WSET Diploma program and would like to learn more, we would be happy answer your questions. Please email Krystenne MacMullin at

IWEG Announces a Bursary Program for Black Students in Canada

5 bursaries offered 

IWEG recently released a public statement regarding our commitment to providing a learning and working environment that recognizes human rights and values equity, diversity and inclusion in its wine, spirit and sake programs. Over the last few weeks, we have listened to the conversations and voices speaking out about anti-Black racism and discrimination and this has led us to reflect on how we can support this movement. IWEG stands in solidarity with those who stand up against racism and who speak out against injustice and violence targeted at the Black community. Read the full public statement.

As an organization dedicated to learning, we have a responsibility to educate and reflect the diversity and intersectionality of the communities we serve. IWEG’s Board of Directors has recognized that Black students are currently underserved in wine, spirit and sake education programs. 

As a first step, IWEG has developed a bursary program for Black students in Canada for the academic year September 2020 to June 2021. Five bursaries will be offered to qualifying students for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, Spirits or Sake and WSET Level 2 Award in Wines or Spirits. This bursary program was made possible through the generous support of an individual donor. Learn more about the bursary program.

Wine Scholar Guild Membership Offer

25% discount off the regular membership for the month of June

Wine Scholar Guild (WSG) has created a membership drive in a show of solidarity and support for local wine schools, who cannot run classes due to COVID-19 restrictions. The organization will donate 100% of the fees generated by new members to IWEG.

For the month of June, the Wine Scholar Guild membership is $75USD - a 25% discount off the regular membership cost! If you choose to take advantage of this generous offer, 100% of the $75USD membership fee will be transferred back to us, your local wine school. 

 A WSG membership provides an array of benefits, including educational webinars, panel discussions, online learning games, blank wine maps for France, Italy, and Spain, and a variety of member discounts on WSG study programs and discounts and specials from wine-related partners. 

To sign up for your discounted membership, click here and use the coupon code WSG25IWEG at checkout. This limited time offer is available from June 1 to June 30, 2020.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing a glass of wine with you in class soon! 

Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, July 20th - Sunday, August 16th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, July 6th - Sunday, August 2nd
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, July 6th - Sunday, August 9th 
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Date: Monday, July 20th - Sunday, August 23rd
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Date: Monday, August 10th - Sunday, September 13th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, July 6th - Sunday, August 9th 
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, July 6th - Sunday, September 6th
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Tuesday, September 28th at 10:30 am.
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Date: Monday, July 20th - Sunday, September 20th
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Tuesday, September 28th at 10:30 am.
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Date: Monday, August 10th - Sunday, October 11th
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Monday, October 26th at 10:30 am.
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