Develop Your Palate - IWEG News Feb. 10, 2021

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Denise Jayawardene selected as Les Dames d’Escoffier bursary recipient 

IWEG sponsor Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario Chapter has awarded Denise Jayawardene a bursary for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Ontario Chapter is dedicated to helping students succeed both personally and professionally in the world of wine and will continue to support these vital education, scholarship and bursary programs.

As a lifelong learner, we invited Denise to tell us why she is pursuing a WSET wine education:

"I have enjoyed travelling to wine regions locally and abroad. While my travels have exposed me to variety of wine experiences from around the world, WSET’s globally-recognized education would set me on the right path with a solid foundation and qualifications to further pursue my interest in the wine industry. The WSET education and bursary award help to level the industry playing field and open cellar doors for me to explore."

Discover the wines of Germany, one bottle at a time!

Each month, in collaboration with Wines of Germany, we will present a featured wine of the month that is available through the LCBO. Purchase the featured wine and practice your tasting skills for a chance to win a Wines of Germany prize package!

The February wine is an exciting orange wine Stairs n' Roses Ohrenschwein 2018 (LCBO#: 772129).
This skin contact Müller-Thurgau is made by Daniel Molitor of the Viermorgenhof family winery in the Mosel. Share your tasting note with us!
Purchase the Stairs n' Roses Ohrenschwein 2018.
Here’s how to participate:
  1. Purchase Stairs n' Roses Ohrenschwein 2018 at the LCBO.
  2. Take a picture of the wine and write a short tasting note on the wine.
  3. If you are on social media, post your photo and tasting note and tag IWEG and Wines of Germany Canada on any or all of these social media platforms:
  4. Facebook: @germanwinecanada and @IWEGDrinksAcademy
  5. Instagram: @germanwinecanada and @iweg_canada
  6. Twitter: @germanwineca and @IWEG_Canada
  7. Send your photo, tasting note, copy of LCBO receipt and contact and mailing details by email to IWEG at
The name and submitted photo and tasting note of the winner will be published in the IWEG newsletter by March 11.

Contest details:
From January to June, we will present a featured wine of the month for IWEG students that is available through the LCBO retail network.

Each month a winner will be selected to receive a Wines of Germany prize package that includes a $50 LCBO Gift card redeemable on German wine and Wines of Germany swag.

The selected winner will be contacted by IWEG to confirm mailing details.

Effort will be made to select wines that are readily available in LCBO stores and online to allow time for wine pick up or delivery.

Italian Wine Scholar

The Italian Wine Scholar provides detailed coverage of Italian wines, as well as an introduction to Italian history, geography, viticulture and wine-making. Unit 1 covers Northern Italy, and Unit 2 covers Central and Southern Italy. The units of study can be taken in any order.

You will:
  • Develop specialist knowledge of the DOC and DOCG wines of 21 Italian regions
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Italian wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Taste and assess a range of Italian wines, which illustrate regional or grape varietal typicity, as well as diversity of styles
The course is taught by authorized Wine Scholar Guild instructors Nancy Reynolds DipWSET, Aleksandar Simic DipWSET and Kim Berdusco DipWSET.

Classes run from Monday, March 1 - May 10 @ 6:30PM - 8PM (No classes March 15 and April 5). The first eight classes will be held online via the Zoom platform. The ninth class is an in-person tasting session at IWEG when public health guidelines permit us to do so.

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Zoom through Wine with WSET Certified Educator Erin Salmon 

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines on Zoom is a beginner level wine course for those starting a wine career or beginning to explore wine for personal interest, with no prerequisite required.

The course will be based around a condensed format presentation, with 3 x one-hour sessions on Zoom and educator support available for this time.
Session One: What is wine and how is it made?
  • The basic principles of grape-growing and wine production
  • Identify how different grape-growing climates affect the characteristics of different styles of wine
  • Structured tasting of two wines using the WSET's Systematic Approach to Tasting
Session Two: Types and styles of wine made from the principal grape varieties/Introduction to tasting
  • Factors affecting the flavour of different styles of wine: still, sparkling and fortified
  • Structured tasting of two to three wines using the WSET's Systematic Approach to Tasting (students are responsible for purchasing two recommended wines)
Session Three: Storage & Service of Wines / Pairing Food & Wines / Review
  • How to serve and store wine (for short and long-term)
  • Identify the principal food and wine interactions and the effect they typically have on a wine
The course will take place on Tuesdays, February 24th, March 2nd and March 9th from 11am - 12pm and be taught by Erin Salmon DipWSET.

Sign up now!

Winter 2021 Courses

Blended Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Tuesdays, February 24th - March 9th @ 11am to 12pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 
Date: Tuesdays, February 16th - April 13th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm 
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 
Date: Sundays, March 7th - April 25th @ 10am - 12pm 
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Thursdays, February 18th - May 27th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Date: Saturdays, March 6th - June 19th @ 11am to 1pm
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WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
Date: Mondays, May 3rd - June 5th @ 10:30am - 1pm
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Italian Wine Scholar - Northern Italy
Date: Mondays, March 1st - May 10th @ 6:30pm - 8pm
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Spanish Wine Scholar
Date: Thursdays, September 23rd - November 25th @ 6:30pm - 8pm
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Online Learning
IWEG offers online WSET courses through WSET’s Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. A minimum number of hours of study per week is recommended (which varies depending on the course) to successfully complete each course and regular participation is essential.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, February 22nd - Saturday, March 27th
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Date: Monday, March 1st - Sunday, March 28th 
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 
Date: Monday, February 22nd - Sunday, March 21st
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Date: Monday, April 26th - Sunday, May 23rd
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Monday, February 22nd - Sunday, March 21st
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Date: Monday, April 26th - Sunday, May 23rd
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, February 22nd - Saturday, April 17th 
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Date: Monday, March 8th - Sunday, April 11th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, March 15th - Sunday April 18th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, February 22nd - Tuesday, March 4th
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Date: Monday, March 8th - Sunday, May 9th
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Certificate in Scotch Whisky - 
Eight modules at your own self-directed pace
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Certificate in Scotch Whisky

In partnership with the Edinburgh Whisky Academy, the Independent Wine Education Guild is pleased to announce the new online course Certificate in Scotch Whisky

Exploring the fascinating world of whisky across eight modules, this fun and accessible SQA (The Scottish Qualifications Authority)-certified online course will enhance your appreciation of all things aqua vitae.

Working through a series of interactive exercises, videos and pop quizzes, you’ll discover more about the history and business of Scotch before covering the entire production process, from raw materials to distillation, maturation and bottling. The flexible, self-paced format allows you to learn in your own time and, with quizzes at the end of each module, you can measure all the knowledge you’re distilling as you go.

As well as a certificate of completion, you’ll come away knowing so much more about the golden liquor in your glass. Whether you consider yourself a whisky connoisseur or are simply curious to learn more, you’ll certainly get something out of our award-winning material and industry expertise.

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