Connect the Dots - IWEG News Nov. 04, 2021

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Connect the dots with IWEG instructor Nancy Reynolds

After twenty five years in the Information Technology industry, including six years as Chief Information Officer of FedEx Canada, Nancy decided to pursue her passion in the wine business. Nancy started WorldWide Cellar, a boutique wine agency, specializing in representing family owned wineries from Spain, France and Australia. After selling WorldWide Cellar a few years ago, Nancy now concentrates on working on projects for the Wine Scholar Guild and teaching for IWEG.

Nancy passed the WSET Diploma with Merit in 2010. She is a certified Bordeaux Tutor through the École du Vin de Bordeaux, a Rhône Master through Inter Rhône and a Portugal Academy instructor through Wines of Portugal. Nancy has spent the last 18 months co-authoring the seventh version of the French Wine Scholar manual and can’t wait to start teaching it!

We asked her to share her teaching approach:

I like to ask questions throughout a lesson: tell me about, why is it that, how does this work, and what is the connection between this and that? I think this helps the student connect the dots and understand the concepts. Also, perhaps the best learning for a student comes from when they explain a concept in their own words!

Nancy is teaching the French Wine ScholarItalian Wine Scholar and Spanish Wine Scholar

Explore Japan's national beverage with Sake Samurai Michael Tremblay

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake is a beginner level introduction to sake for those starting a career in the industry or beginning to explore sake for personal interest. You will learn the basic principles of sake production, the main types and styles of sake, how to serve sake and factors affecting the flavour of sake. The course is taught by WSET Certified Sake Educator and Sake Samurai, Michael Tremblay.

This 6-hour, one-day course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of sake, and sake and food pairing. You will:
  • Explore the main types and styles of sake through sight, smell, and taste
  • Develop an understanding of the factors affecting sake aroma and flavour
  • Practice describing sake accurately, using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake
  • Learn how to serve and store sake
  • Experiment with food and sake interaction 
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, November 13th @ 9:30am - 5:00pm
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Explore spirits with expert Chris Robertson 

Chris Robertson DipWSET is the Senior Director for Beer, Cider & Ready-to-Drink at the LCBO. He has over 20 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry as a buyer, marketer and business leader. He has extensive knowledge of beer, spirits and wine, including the WSET Level 4 Diploma, and in 2019, Chris was awarded the David A. Churchill Memorial Scholarship for the highest score in the WSET Diploma’s The Global Business of Wine unit at IWEG.   

Chris has a particular passion for spirits. He conceived of and implemented the LCBO’s first-ever Spirits Summit and lead a similar initiative for gin that brought guests from the UK to collaborate with the local industry. Chris has had the privilege to taste thousands of different spirits throughout his career and has travel extensively to important producing regions like Scotland, Kentucky and the Caribbean. While he appreciates all spirits, he has a particular fondness for amaro, Scotch Whisky, gin and tequila.  

IWEG is delighted that Chris will be teaching our WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits. Here's what he had to say about his teaching approach and study tips:

I am excited to share my knowledge and first-hand experiences as an IWEG instructor. I believe the key to learning is a passion for the subject and I try to take students beyond the technical aspects of the material by exploring the trends, the people and places that enliven the subject matter. I also encourage students to connect with one another throughout the learning experience through study groups and tastings. 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.     

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits is a beginner to intermediate level spirits course for enthusiasts or those working in the industry, or hoping to enter the industry.

This course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills. You will:
  • Explore major spirits categories and styles, as well as liqueurs, vermouth and cocktails
  • Learn in detail about the 4 main steps in spirits production
  • Learn what labelling terms mean
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample a range of benchmark examples using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)
  • Understand basic principles of spirits storage and service
  • Learn about cocktail equipment, ingredients, basic techniques and main cocktail families
WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, January 10th - February 7th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm. 
Final exam via WSET Remote Invigilation Services.
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In-class and blended learning for fall

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, November 20th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, November 13th @ 9:30am - 5:00pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Saturdays, November 20th, 27th and December 4th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Online courses

Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, November 15th - Sunday, December 12th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, November 15th - Sunday, December 19th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, November 29th - Sunday, January 2nd
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, November 22nd - Sunday, January 23rd
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Certificate in Irish Whiskey - 
NEW!
Eight modules at your own self-directed pace
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Certificate in Scotch Whisky - NEW!
Eight modules at your own self-directed pace
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