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Scratching More Than Just the Surface

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines via Zoom as a foundation

Domenico recently completed our first WSET Level 1 Award in Wines via Zoom class. We checked in with about him about his experience and goals before he starts our online WSET Level 2 Award in Wines:

Why did you sign up for the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines via Zoom course? 

I signed up for the WSET Level 1 Award via Zoom because it seemed to be the fastest and most affordable/effective class I could take to learn at home. I hoped to learn about the basic principles of wine and wine production and that’s exactly what I received. 

Some may be hesitant to study wine online. Do you have any study advice or tips?

Even though some may be hesitant to study wine online, it’s nothing to fear. In fact, I find it easy because you still have the internet for aid at your fingertips.The Zoom aspect was as simple and organized as a normal classroom would be. Some study tips for online learners would be to always ask yourself questions, and thus constantly search for the answers. 

What is the most interesting or important thing you have learned so far?

The most important thing I have learned so far is that I have only scratched the surface of this incredibly gigantic, ancient, and diverse world of wine. Because of this foundation of information, I’ve learned that the only way to move is forward from here.

How do you plan to use your new wine knowledge? 

I plan to use my new wine knowledge for an array of different things. At the current moment I plan to use my knowledge to develop more of a palate to taste, to spread the knowledge I have to other people who are curious about wine, and to use it as a foundational tool to continue to study further. In the long run I plan to use it in a professional aspect (when the restaurants open back up). 


Wine Scholar Guild Membership Offer

25% discount off the regular membership in support of IWEG

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! 


Kampai Toronto 2020 Virtual Event 

Spirit of Sake

Kampai Toronto is happening online this year! To celebrate the tradition of holding Canada’s largest sake festival since the first Kampai Toronto in 2012, the Sake Institute of Ontario is hosting a free virtual event led by Sake Samurai and IWEG instructor Michael Tremblay along with a panel of sake experts.

Immerse yourself further with a mixed sake tasting case that includes 6 sakes crafted by some of Japan’s most esteemed breweries and our own local brewery Ontario Spring Water Sake Co., makers of the IZUMI brand.

Learn more here.


Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, June 29th - Sunday, July 26th
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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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NEW - WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

Date: Monday, June 22nd - Sunday, July 19th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, June 22nd - Sunday, July 26th
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Date: Monday, July 6th - Sunday, August 9th 
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Date: Monday, July 20th - Sunday, August 23rd
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, June 29th - Sunday, August 2nd 
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Date: Monday, July 6th - Sunday, August 9th 
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, June 22nd - Sunday, August 23rd
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Tuesday, August 25th at 10:30 am.
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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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