Come for the wine - IWEG Monthly Newsletter Feb. 09, 2017

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IWEG PROUDLY CELEBRATES 40 YEARS AS CANADA'S PREMIER SCHOOL FOR WINE, SPIRITS AND SAKE

IWEG is pleased to announce that 2017 marks its 40th anniversary as Canada’s premier school for wine, spirits and sake. The anniversary also celebrates 40 years of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) operations in Canada, its first international venture.

In January 1977 IWEG became the first international Approved Programme Provider (APP) for WSET, outside of their home base in the United Kingdom. Ten years later, IWEG built on this success by becoming the first international APP to offer the prestigious WSET Diploma in 1987.

To mark this significant milestone, IWEG is planning a year long student-focused program including:

  • Special “Signature Series” master classes hosted by IWEG alumni including renowned MS and MW graduates; 

  • New 40th anniversary scholarships and study trips for top WSET students at IWEG and

  • A celebratory gala event with sponsored activities and prizes from IWEG industry partners and supporters.

IWEG, with a faculty of 17 WSET Certified Educators, has graduated thousands of students to date, including 154 graduates of the prestigious and challenging WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits.  IWEG’s alumni include two Masters of Wine (MW) and three Master Sommeliers (MS), as well as many other accomplished alumni who hold leadership positions in the Canadian and global wine and spirits industry.  In 2010, IWEG was awarded the prestigious WSET “Lifetime Achievement Award” for spearheading wine and spirits education in Canada.

“IWEG partnered with WSET for our first step into an international market, and their dedication to providing quality wine and spirits education through our courses has been exemplary for 40 years strong. Through our commitment to offer education where it is in demand, over that time we have welcomed a further 32 APPs in Canada and over 600 across the world, making WSET the largest global provider of qualifications in the field of wines, spirits and sake.” said Ian Harris, Chief Executive, WSET. 

"We are excited to celebrate 40 years of helping our students achieve their personal and professional goals through our student-focused approach to wine, spirits and sake education in Canada and to celebrate our 40 years of strategic partnership with WSET,” said Paul Miles, Executive Director of IWEG. “We are especially pleased to be marking this anniversary year with the launch of several new initiatives, culminating in a celebratory gala that will showcase the achievements of our students and alumni in partnership with our valued industry partners.” 

 


 

WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA PROUDLY PARTNERS WITH IWEG IN 2017

The Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG) and Wines of South Africa (WOSA) are pleased to announce a one-year partnership agreement designed to bolster the education and appreciation of South African wines among industry professionals in Ontario.

Under the agreement, WOSA in Canada will be the official sponsor of IWEG’s Signature Series, stand-alone Master Classes specifically targeted at individuals pursuing a career in the wine industry.  

Two unique Master Classes on South African wines will be hosted at IWEG during 2017, showcasing the richness, diversity and sustainability of wines from the Wine of Origin Areas.

Additionally, a top-performing IWEG student in WSET Level 1 Award in Wines from the academic year 2016-2017 will receive a Study Scholarship from WOSA for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits at IWEG.

"We are delighted to support wine education activities with IWEG. Wines of South Africa’s mandate is to promote the export of all South African wines in key developing markets.  IWEG is a valuable and prestigious educational partner that will help us to achieve these goals in Ontario,” said Laurel Keenan, Market Manager, WOSA for Canada and the United States.

"Wines of South Africa is a valuable partner for IWEG, enabling us not only to enhance the student learning experience, but also to provide unique ways to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals,” said Paul Miles, Executive Director of IWEG.

Wines of South Africa

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is a fully inclusive body, representing all South African producers of wine who export their products. WOSA, which was established in its current form in 1999, has over 500 producers on its database, comprising all the major South African wine exporters. It is constituted as a not-for-profit company (sec21) and is totally independent of any producer or wholesaling company. It is also independent of any government department, although it is recognized by government as Export Council.

WOSA's mandate is to promote the export of all South African wines in key international markets. Traditional markets include the United Kingdom, Germany Sweden and the Netherlands. More recently, WOSA has also been developing markets for South African wines in the United States, Canada, Russia, and Asia.

For more information on Wines of South Africa, visit the website at www.wosa.co.za

 


 

WSET AWARDS AND GRADUATION CEREMONY

Last month the Wine and Spirit Education Trust celebrated their annual Awards and Graduation ceremony in London’s Guildhall. Industry leaders, award winners and graduates came together to celebrate the achievements of the most recent Diploma graduates and scholarship winners. 

IWEG is very proud of our scholarship winners:

Mariko Tajiri  - IWC Sake Award. This award is given to the top student passing the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake. Mariko has been awarded an IWC Trophy and has been invited to join the world's elite sake judges to judge sake at the IWC. She will also be teaching our new WSET Level 1 Award in Sakeon February 25th! Paul Miles, Executive Director at IWEG received Mariko's award on her behalf.

Darrin Fai-Tung Mak - The Royal Tokaji Mad Scholarship. This award is given anWSET Diploma graduate with outstanding results in the Unit 3 – Light Wines of the World exam who works in the wine and spirit trade. Darrin has been awarded a study visit of two days to Tokaj. 

"IWEG is delighted for our scholarship winners. These prizes not only recognize the hard-work and dedication of our students but also reflect the exceptional calibre of IWEG's instructors, as well as the high-quality of the student experience, which results, ultimately, in higher passing grades for WSET Awards". - Paul Miles Dip WSET, Executive Director  

Congratulations to our new 2016 WSET Diploma Level 4 Award graduates: Tristan Bragalia-MurdockNicole CampbellBrieana DemaJacqueline FoisyRichard GodinNupur GogiaCourtney HendersonAkiko KurakataFaye Maclachlan,Darrin MakDon McEachernSabina PoirierWilliam Predhomme and Marnie Williamson.

IWEG surpassed our 154 WSET Diploma graduates number as we continue to hold the record for largest amount of diploma graduates in Canada


WSET DIPLOMA ALUMNI PROFILE: MARNIE WILLIAMSON
 

WSET Diploma graduate Marnie Williamson attended the WSET Awards and Graduationceremony. We invited her to share her experience with us:

What a great evening!

As soon as I found out I had passed my last unit of study for the Diploma I decided then and there I would attend the graduation the following January in London.

I love London, so certainly any excuse to visit is welcome but passing the Diploma was a milestone and I wanted to be sure that I took a moment to truly recognize and appreciate the achievement. I had heard from fellow alumni that the ceremony and evening in Guildhall was exhilarating and memorable and I wanted to be a part of that.The evening did not disappoint and acknowledging the cumulation of perseverance so gratifying.

Each year, the students successfully completing this challenging program are invited to celebrate and congratulate one another with WSET at Guildhall. For over 800 years Guildhall has been an important fixture of London. The Gothic grandeur is mesmerizing and one can feel the tradition and history steeped in its halls; the perfect backdrop for the graduation and awards ceremonies. While Guildhall is splendid and I felt honoured to be welcomed through such historic doors, I think what most impressed me were my fellow students.  Travelling from far and wide to congratulate, support and celebrate was inspiring.  We were all so excited and happy to be there!  

The Diploma graduates were all up first and I am happy to note WSET was considerate in providing a Sherry reception before we carried on with the Awards ceremony. Those receiving special awards were truly the best of the best and I understood the time, dedication and perseverance it required for them to be standing up there.

My sincere congratulations to all and special recognition to Sabina, Nupur and Darrin, it was great to share the evening with you.

Completing the WSET Level 4 Diploma has been a great accomplishment and also a relief! I have never been so challenged in my studies and while the Diploma was a huge commitment it was also extremely rewarding. I would highly recommend it for those wishing to continue their studies.  Get ready to be amazed at what you can learn and accomplish.

 


 

UPCOMING COURSES 


WSET Level 1 Award in Wines + so much more
Date: Monday, February 27th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake - NEW!
Date: Saturday, February 25th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - just 3 days!
Date: Saturdays, March 4th, 11th and 25th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 
Date: Mondays, March 20th - May 29th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - NEW!
Date: Mondays, March 20th - May 15th @ 10:30AM - 4:00PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

French Wine Scholar - Updated curriculum!
Date: Wednesdays, February 15th - May 17th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Ontario's Brave New Wines - Drink local!
Date: Saturdays, February 25th - March 25th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

 


 

IWEG SIGNATURE SERIES: BEST OF THE REST - GERMANY BEYOND RIESLING

In partnership with Wines of Germany, IWEG presents the great and often overshadowed grape varietals of Germany. Led by IWEG’s ownPeter Wearing DipWSET and Ulrike Lenhardt, winemaker from the Baden region and representative of the DWI, this focused tutored tasting will take wine professionals and enthusiasts alike beyond Riesling to discover the iconic wines of Germany.

Taste for yourself the finest examples of Dornfelder, Pinot Noir and more, from quality producers.

About Ulrike Lenhardt:
Ulrike was born into a vintner’s family in Rüdesheim am Rhein, Rheingau. 

After holding several wine industry apprenticeships in Rheingau and Baden, followed by studies at Geisenheim Oenology University, she graduated in 1988. Her first occupation was as an Export Manager for a wine export company in Trier, Mosel. She then joined the German Wine Institute in 1990.

At the German Wine Institute, Ulrike is currently responsible for the promotion of German wines in Canada and Switzerland, as well as educational programs such as the German Wine Academy and the Sommelier Spring & Summer Classes. In her last 25 years at the Institute, she has held various positions, responsible for countries and regions including Asia, UK, Scandinavia, Netherlands and Belgium. 

Ulrike remains close to her winemaking roots. In 1999, she took over her father’s small winery in Rheingau after his retirement. In 2012, she moved to the Kaiserstuhl area, in the south western part of Germany near the Black Forest, where she is now making wine with her husband – mainly Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc -- in their small family winery in Bischoffingen. 

The recipient of the Wines of Germany study scholarship to continue studying with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2017 will be announced at the tasting.

This opportunity is not to be missed!

Best of the Rest: Germany Beyond Riesling
Date: Thursday, Feb 16th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

 


 

ONTARIO'S BRAVE NEW WINES

Ontario's Brave New Wines course is now into its third successful year and IWEG continues to develop and broaden the learning experience for students and connoisseurs of Ontario wines.  

In response to student demand this is now a certified program in collaboration with Wine Council of Ontario and candidates successful in passing the final exam will hold a recognized Certificate as an Ontario Wine Specialist.

Also new for the 2017 program, we are excited and proud to introduce wine educator Dave Larocque. Dave has lived his love for wine for over 30 years, initially as a product consultant with the LCBO, then subsequently working at many Ontario wineries, and as a wine educator and trainer for Canadian winery staff, Niagara College, the Wine Council of Ontario, and staff of numerous restaurants.  He recently authored a book titled ‘The Wine Appellations of Ontario’.  His newest venture, Wine Culture, brings the enjoyment of wine to groups across Canada through presentations and tastings in an educational and entertaining approach. Here's what Dave has to say about the Ontario wine industry:

"The wine and food culture in Ontario is ever-growing and ever-changing. Many local wineries sport fabulous restaurants, from ultra-gourmet to casual dining, while others offer wine and food sampling as part of their tour programs. Ontario wines, with their classic cool climate refreshment, wonderful balance, and pure vibrant fruit flavours, naturally make for an exciting wine and food experience."

Students will attend four full days of study with each morning focusing on the wine appellations of Ontario and basic wine education, while the afternoons will present insightful tasting opportunities with a number of local winemakers, each addressing unique aspects of their winemaking style that builds on the morning studies. The final day will bring the classroom work to life with a field trip to three leading Niagara wineries

In collaboration with the Wine Council of Ontario, these 4 sessions of learning and tasting celebrate local wines, growers and producers and give insight into the bold venture that is winemaking in Ontario. 

Come and meet some of Ontario’s leading edge wine makers, enjoy their award-winning wines and learn more about how the trail-blazing Ontario wine industry is preparing for the future.

Course Schedule:

Day 1: February 25th

An introduction to the Lake Erie North Shore, Niagara Peninsula, Prince Edward County appellations and their sub-appellations, and the importance of location, topography, weather, climate and soil within each appellation. Participating wineries:

Henry of Pelham (Short Hills Bench) - Paul Speck
The Grange of Prince Edward County (Prince Edward County) - Caroline Granger
TBA (Lake Erie North Shore)

Day 2: March 4

Which wine should I choose? Discover the four fundamental classifications of wine styles; table, sparkling, dessert and fortified.

Learn about the major grape varieties of Ontario and their common characteristics. Participating wineries:

Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard (Prince Edward County) - Claude Arsenault
Hinterland Wine Company (Prince Edward County) - Vicki Samaras
Thirty Bench Wine Makers (Beamsville Bench) - Emma Garner
Southbrook Vineyards (Four Mile Creek) - Ann Sperling

Day 3: MAR 11

Learn about the basic components of wine.

Explore and discover wine and food matching principles through an interactive wine and food component tasting. Participating wineries:

Redstone Winery (Lincoln Lakeshore) - Rene Vanede and David Sider
Two Sisters Vineyards (Niagara River)

Food pairings: 

  • Eggplant caponata crostini with agrodolce chocolate sauce

  • Chicken liver pate with pear chutney

Vineland Estates Winery (Niagara Escarpment) - David Hulley

Day 4: MAR 25

Tour three wineries in Niagara; taste VQA wines; tour wine cellars, barrel rooms, vineyards, and sparkling wine cellars. Students will take a guided tour and tasting at the following wineries:

Trius Winery (Four Mile Creek)
Château des Charmes (St. David's Bench)
Stratus Vineyards (Niagara Lakeshore) - Suzanne Jenke

Write the final ‘The Wine Appellations of Ontario’ test to become  Ontario Wine Certified.

Ontario's Brave New Wines 
Date: Saturdays, February 25th - March 25th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!


FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR

The French Wine Scholar programme is an official certification course of study designed by the Wine Scholar Guild to provide current, accurate information on all of the wine regions of France and validate proficiency in the Wines of France. The program has an updated curriculum including a new study manual.  

The French Wine Scholar programme are endorsed by Wines of France/French National Wine Office, and the courses are designed to give you the most complete and current understanding of France's fine wines, through visual presentation, and of course tasting a wide range of French wines! 

French Wine Scholar
Date: Wednesdays, February 15th - May 17th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

 


WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SAKE

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake offers a hands-on introduction to the world of sake.  You will explore the main styles and types of sake through sight, smell and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas.

IWEG is the only Approved Programme Provider in Eastern Canada awarded the privilege to host the WSET Level 1 Award in Sake. We are delighted to include this course to our portfolio.

What you will learn:

  • The basic principles of sake production

  • The main types and styles of sake

  • How to serve sake

  • Factors affecting the flavour of sake

  • How to describe sakes using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake (SAT)

  • Experiment with food and sake interaction and pairing

Perfect for beverage world professionals, sake enthusiasts and anyone who's curious to learn more about the ancient and modern world of sake.

Earn a globally recognized professional certification in 1 day! 

The class will be instructed by Mariko Tajiri, who offers more than 10 years in the sake industry:

"I’ve worked with sake for over 10 years across Canada, talking, teaching and guiding people through the amazing but sometimes intimidating world of sake. And in 2016, I became a certified WSET Level 3 Award in Sake assessor and instructor.

I started my sake career as my grandfather’s sake mule, carrying bottles as big as myself (I am Japanese after all!) as a kid. During the instructor course in Japan, being the super geek that I am, my favourite part was visiting the National Research Institute of Brewing in Hiroshima and talking to PhDs about esters and different smells in sake. I’m also proud to say that I’ve never done a sake bomb. Yet."

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, February 25th
Time: 9:30AM- 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

 


2016 -17 SIGNATURE SERIES

Continue your education, develop your tasting skills, and network in the industry at our upcoming Signature Series events!

“IWEG’s signature series offers a superb opportunity to dive deeply into specific areas, illustrated by top quality wines. They should be part of everyone’s ongoing education."  John Szabo MS, DipWSET  @johnszabo

February 16th: Best of the Rest: Germany Beyond Riesling
In partnership with Wines of Germany, IWEG presents the great and often overshadowed grape varietals of Germany. Led by IWEG’s own Peter WearingDipWSET and Ulrike Lenhardt, winemaker from the Baden region and representative of the DWI, this focused tutored tasting will take wine professionals and enthusiasts alikebeyond Riesling to discover the iconic wines of Germany.Taste for yourself the finest examples of Dornfelder, Pinot Noir and more, from quality producers.The recipient of the Wines of Germany study scholarship to continue studying with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2017 will be announced at the tasting!

March 2nd: Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power
Join John Szabo MS, Dip WSET on a discovery tour of the world’s greatest volcanic wine regions & the unique wines produced within them. John will share his perspective and research into volcanic terroirs, how their soil structure and chemistry have, in some instances, preserved genetic vine biodiversity, and why they yield some of the world’s most original wines. You’ll taste up to a dozen wines from Sonoma to Santorini, covering a large swath of volcanic earth.

March 23rd: From Bari to Trapani: A Southern Italian Wine Odyssey
The Italian Trade Commission wants to take you on an adventure through the historically rich regions and wines of Southern Italy, a region that has been producing wine for over 4,000 years. Peter Wearing DipWSET will help you discover the likes of Taurasi and Greco di Tufo from Campania, Negroamaro and Primitivo from Puglia, and Nero d'Avola from Sicily. The wines of Southern Italy continue to offer quality and affordability, so be sure to register as we may be uncorking one of your new favourite go-to wines.     

April 4th: Cool Climate California Chardonnay
The California Wine Institute invites you to focused tasting of Cool Climate California Chardonnay. The seminar will be lead by award-winning author, speaker, consultant, and television host Leslie Sbrocco. Leslie is known for her entertaining and educational approach to wine. Voted as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the American wine business, Leslie's engaging personality, deep wine knowledge and unique ability to connect with readers and viewers are her trademarks.

May 11th: Bourgogne Villages
Explore, taste and savour the wines of Burgundy.  Delve deeper into the distinct styles of Burgundy's Village AOCs.  Supported by the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB), Eugene Mlynczyk MW, DipWSET will guide you on a tour of Burgundy's premium villages, a chance to explore the terroir and winery influences the wine world holds in such revered esteem. A must for Burgundy lovers!
  
Dates and times are subject to change.

 


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT IWEG


IWEG is Canada’s premier student-focused institution for wine, spirits and sake education and we are committed to partnering with our students to help them achieve their professional goals and personal aspirations. As part of this ongoing commitment we are pleased to offer the following scholarship opportunities for IWEG students:

Drinks Ontario Scholarships
1) Jack Ackroyd Memorial Scholarship Award: the top scoring IWEG student in WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits will receive a scholarship prize from a Drinks Ontario sponsor.

2) Jack Ackroyd Memorial Scholarship Award: the top scoring IWEG student in WSET Level 3 Award in Wines receives a scholarship prize from a Drinks Ontario sponsor.

3) David A. Churchill Memorial Scholarship Award: the top scoring IWEG student in the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits "Unit 1: The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages" receives a scholarship prize from a Drinks Ontario sponsor.

4) Brian Kirkwood Memorial Scholarship Award: the top scoring IWEG graduate from the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits receives a scholarship prize from a Drinks Ontario sponsor.

Italian Trade Commission Scholarship 
1) The top performing student in the new Italian Wine Scholar receives a study trip scholarship from the Italian Trade Commission in Canada to a consorzio (specific wine region) in Italy.

Wines of Germany Scholarships
1) The top performing IWEG student in WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits receives a study scholarship from Wines of Germany to continue studying with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2017. The recipient of this award will be announced on Thursday, February 16th at the Best of the Rest: Germany Beyond Riesling tasting!

2) The top performing IWEG student in the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits "Unit 3: Light Wines of the World" receives a study trip scholarship from Wines of Germany to a featured German wine region.

California Wine Institute Scholarship
1) The top performing IWEG student in WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits receives a study scholarship from California Wine Institute to continue studying with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2017 and 2018.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

For more information about IWEG's scholarship opportunities, please contact us at info@iweg.org or 416-534-2570.

 


STUDENT CORNER


February Social Media Contest Winner
Congratulations to Rob Miller for winning this month's social media contest! Here is Rob's wining post from the Frescobaldi Vini structured tasting this month. 

Social Media Contest 
We encourage you to share any photos, videos or messages about your IWEG experience in and out of the classroom on your social media! Tag us in your next social media post for a chance to win tickets to upcoming tastings and other special prizes. Each post will be entered into a monthly draw. Winners will be notified and featured in our monthly newsletters.

Be sure to include one of our social media handles in your post:

IWEG's Social Media handles:
Twitter: IWEG_Canada 
Facebook: IWEG Drinks Academy
Instagram: IWEG_Canada
Hashtags: #iweg and #iweg40


INDUSTRY NEWS AND EVENTS

News
Eighty more grocery stores will sell beer, cider in Ontario this summer - CP24 (02/06/17)
Wineries finally starting to recover in southern Ontario - CBC (02/06/17)
Japanese sake exports on the rise - Nikkei Asian Review (02/06/17)

Events


Thursday, February 16th @ IWEG Drinks AcademyBest of the Rest: Germany Beyond Riesling at 7PM. $95. In partnership with Wines of Germany, IWEG presents the great and often overshadowed grape varietals of Germany. Led by IWEG’s own Peter Wearing DipWSET and Ulrike Lenhardt, winemaker from the Baden region and representative of the DWI, this focused tutored tasting will take wine professionals and enthusiasts alike beyond Riesling to discover the iconic wines of Germany.


Thursday, March 2nd @ IWEG Drinks AcademyVolcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power at 7PM. $95. Join John Szabo MS, Dip WSET on a discovery tour of the world’s greatest volcanic wine regions & the unique wines produced within them. John will share his perspective and research into volcanic terroirs, how their soil structure and chemistry have, in some instances, preserved genetic vine biodiversity, and why they yield some of the world’s most original wines. You’ll taste up to a dozen wines fromSonoma to Santorini, covering a large swath of volcanic earth. 

Thursday, March 23rd @ IWEG Drinks AcademyFrom Bari to Trapani: A Southern Italian Wine Odyssey at 7PM. $95. The Italian Trade Commission wants to take you on an adventure through the historically rich regions and wines of Southern Italy, a region that has been producing wine for over 4,000 years. Peter Wearing DipWSET will help you discover the likes of Taurasi and Greco di Tufo from Campania, Negroamaro and Primitivo from Puglia, and Nero d'Avola from Sicily. The wines of Southern Italy continue to offer quality and affordability, so be sure to register as we may be uncorking one of your new favourite go-to wines.     

Do you have an event you'd like to share with the IWEG community? Please send all event details to marketing@iweg.org.

 


FEATURED PARTNERS

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

"When people tell me they want to get into the wine trade,or simply advance their wine knowledge for their personal enjoyment,I always draw their attention to the WSET courses" - Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine