Enjoy that Glass of Wine - IWEG News Oct. 21, 2021

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Enjoy that glass of wine

Carrie Rau DipWSET is a proud Cree food and wine professional living and working in Toronto, Ontario. She is a certified CAPS Sommelier and a WSET instructor for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines and WSET Level 2 Award in Wines at IWEG.

Carrie graduated from the WSET Diploma in 2020 and completed courses with the International Sommelier Guild and the Court of Master Sommeliers. She is currently working as a certified red seal chef in recipe research and development at Loblaw's Test Kitchen specializing in product development and front of house at Grand Cru Deli in Toronto.
 
A co-founder of Vinequity, a not-for-profit focusing on uplifting and amplifying the voices of BIPOC wine professionals, she is very passionate about career development, mentorship and wine education and she has her eye on future food and beverage trends in the hospitality industry.

Carrie is teaching the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines taking place on Saturday, November 27th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm.

Here's one of her study tips for beginners and experts alike:

Wine is supposed to be pleasurable as well so while you are studying, lace your study sessions with enjoyable bits of info about wine. Create a wine group so you can calibrate together, take some masterclasses and go to a wine bar and explore styles that you may not find in the LCBO. Eat some food and explore pairings; my favourite way to study wine. Take time to enjoy that glass of wine before analyzing it to death.  

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a beginner level wine course for those starting a wine career or beginning to explore wine for personal interest.

This one-day, 6 guided learning hour course, provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine, and wine and food pairing. You will:
  • Explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste
  • Understand common wine grapes and their characteristics,
  • Learn to describe wines accurately
  • Assess a range of food and wine pairings, under the guidance of professional chef Carrie Rau DipWSET
  • Practice selecting wines to match with diverse menu options
  • Learn how to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, November 27th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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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 this fall. 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, November 8th - December 13th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
Final exam on December 14, 2021 at 10:00am 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 27th @ 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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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: November 8th - December 13th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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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 1st - Sunday, November 28th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Monday, November 8th - Sunday, December 5th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, November 1st - Sunday, December 5th
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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 1st - Sunday, January 22nd
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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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