Christmas Pairings - IWEG Holiday Guide Dec. 10, 2021

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Holiday gift ideas for the wine, spirits and sake lovers in your life

Traditional vs alternative food and drinks pairings for Christmas

For many people, Christmas dinner just isn't right without the right drinks selection. But with a whole range of new wines and spirits available, the flavours of Christmas may be shifting to a whole new tasting experience. Two WSET educators share their top tips for Christmas food pairings, whether you’re a traditionalist, or after an alternative twist for your tipple. Read their top tips.

Wine Scholar Guild Scholarships 2021

Each year, Wine Scholar Guild awards full scholarships for the French Wine ScholarItalian Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar.

These scholarships are designed to allow students with limited financial means to achieve professional certification.

Applications are open until December 31, 2021.

Learn more about the scholarship for wine professionals or those hoping to enter into the wine industry.

Learn more about the scholarship for students officially enrolled in the Master of Wine program.

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 

"I think meeting people in the industry or those just interested in beverage alcohol is one of the most rewarding elements of these courses. It enhances your learning and makes the whole experience fun." - Chris

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Certificate in Scotch Whisky or Irish Whiskey

"When I saw the new scotch whisky course was available, I was quick to register. This course includes comprehensive lessons on scotch production, as well as the laws and regulations that make it so unique. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, I’d recommend this course to anyone who is interested in learning more about what goes into their glass." - Brittany

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French Wine Scholar

Updated Curriculum

Maps are the best resource for study! I draw them as a terroir map and add rivers, hills, mountains and aspects of climate. When you add the grapes grown in the areas on top of the terroir map, you start to understand why particular grapes are grown in each place and how their wines might taste." - Nancy

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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

"I signed up for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines to increase my knowledge of wine and help customers select better wines." - Madhu

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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

"Having been lucky enough to travel extensively throughout the world’s most famous wine regions and every corner of Japan’s sake world, I make it a point to connect the topics at hand in the course with stories that shed a little more light on these subjects." - Michael

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Online WSET Courses

"We've always casually enjoyed wine and have picked up bits and pieces of knowledge over time, but never learned about it in a dedicated and structured way. Taking a WSET course was always a goal of ours, to help fill in the gaps, so to speak." - Alex and Erica

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NEW - Italian Wine Scholar Prep

New to IWEG, we are proud to launch the latest wine education program from the Wine Scholar Guild, the Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) Prep.

The IWS Prep program is for:
  • Inquisitive wine enthusiasts wanting to become more familiar with the intricacies of Italian wine
  • Aspiring wine professionals
  • Hospitality professionals new to the world of Italian wine
  • Anyone wishing to become more knowledgeable about Italy and its wine and food culture

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Personalized Gift Certificates

Whether you are an early holiday shopper or need the perfect gift year round, we offer personalized gift certificates that can be redeemed towards any course or event offered at IWEG. Gift certificates are valid for both in-class and online courses.

Please contact Anne Theunissen by email at to purchase a gift certificate.

Office Closure

IWEG will be closed for the holidays starting at noon on December 17th.  We will reopen and respond to your email inquiries on Tuesday, January 4th.  Please do not leave voicemail messages during this time.

You can register and pay for all of our winter 2022 courses during the holiday season by selecting PayPal as the payment method; a PayPal account is not required.  For online courses starting on January 10th, we require your payment no later than December 17th at noon.

Tax receipts for courses paid for in 2021 are available for download in your IWEG student profiles from January 1st until January 24th, 2022.