Fine Wine Life - IWEG Monthly Newsletter May. 02, 2019

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Friends who taste wine together...

The value of tasting groups in the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines 

One half of the group: Kari, Curtis, Joey, Emily and Aleks - enjoying grapes again post spirits exam, March 2018."A committed and focused tasting group has been a big part of my personal success in Diploma – and I know I can speak for the group here. Not only is the cost of wine/spirits defrayed (so you can taste more and higher quality bottles), but you gain deeper insight into the products and into both your strengths and weakness by tasting with others. Our Sunday tasting club comprises basically the same core group of 8-10 that have been together throughout the entire two years. These are people who get why you're doing this. We've become invested in each others' success, and we've become close as a result. And, we've eaten a LOT of cheese". - Kari Macknight Dearborn, WSET Diploma candidate

Learn what other WSET Diploma graduates and candidates have to say about the program.

WSET Diploma Information Sessions

Toronto: Tuesday, May 28 at IWEG Drinks Academy at 6:30pm - 8pm


Sign up now!

Marie-France wants to share her love of French wine

The inaugural French Wine Scholar course in Ottawa at Algonquin College will be taught by French Wine Scholar Guild nominated educator Marie-France Boudreault-Champagne. A long time wine enthusiast, Marie-France graduated with honours from the sommelier program at Algonquin College. Her travels to review Bordeaux futures over the last eight years furthered her love for French wine. By becoming a French Wine Scholar, Marie-France felt confident her depth of knowledge would be valuable in her WSET Diploma studies and in educating others. 

The French Wine Scholar program is an official certification and 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 and wine regions of France.

Classes in Ottawa run Tuesdays, May 7 - July 9, 7pm - 9pm. Final exam on Tuesday, July 30 at 7pm. Just 4 spots left!

We are offering a special introductory tuition price of $995!

Live in Toronto? Sign up for the condensed French Wine Scholar this June! Classes in Ottawa run Mondays, June 17 - 22, 11am - 3:30pm. Final exam on Monday, July 29 at 11am.  Sign up today!

Upcoming Courses

Starting soon at IWEG:

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake 
Saturday, May 11 @ 9:30am - 5:30pm

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - @ Wine Academy
Tuesdays, May 7 - June 11 @ 6:30pm - 9:30pm

French Wine Scholar - in Ottawa! 4 SPOTS LEFT
Tuesdays, May 7 - July 30 @ 7pm - 9pm

Wines Of Chile Academy Ambassador Certification
Wednesday, May 29 @ 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Check out other upcoming courses!

‚ÄčSignature Series

Zinfandel Riches - California’s Very Own

Wednesday, May 15 
7pm - 9pmThe Zinfandel name, is truly American—the earliest and only documented use of the name is in America where a Boston nursery owner advertised Zinfandel for sale in 1832. Zinfandel is a classic all-American success story. From humble beginnings, this previously little-known grape is today recognized for producing award-winning wines, gaining appreciation around the globe.

Please join Master of Wine Eugene Mlynczyk for an exciting journey down Zinfandel lane and discover for yourself why so many Zin fanatics are created. Presented by California Wines. Sign up now!

Check out IWEG's other upcoming masterclasses.

Student Corner

Social Media Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kayla Eakin for winning this month's social media contest! This is Kayla's winning post for her enrolment in WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits.Study wine in Toronto's largest private social club and wine cellarIWEG student and the Wine Academy's Membership Services Director Maria Lou is looking forward to hosting our upcoming WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits course. "What better place to learn and appreciate wine, than a private club surrounded by fellow wine lovers?" says Maria.

She also feels the space fosters learning for staff and members alike. "My experience at Wine Academy has been great from the beginning; not only have I been encouraged and supported throughout my wine education (WSET Level 2, Level 3 and the French Wine Scholar), our members are always willing to open a bottle and share with one another." 

And there are other perks to learning in Toronto's largest private social club and wine cellar. "From masterclasses with master sommeliers, to meeting celebrities from the wine world, the Wine Academy has provided me, and of course our members, once in a life time opportunities."

The upcoming WSET Level 2 Wine and Spirits at the Wine Academy will be taught by IWEG's Education Director Christopher Waters DipWSET. Classes run Tuesdays, May 7 - June 11, 6:30pm - 9:30pm.

Special offer for IWEG students
Become a member of Wine Academy within 3 months of registering for IWEG's WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits at the Wine Academy and receive the founding member rate! Offer ends September 30, 2019. For more information, please contact Aaron Robe at up now!Become a Wines of Chile ambassador IWEG is the first wine school in Canada to offer the Wines of Chile Academycertification! Chile is a viticultural paradise and is one of the oldest wine producing countries of the new world, with vines first planted in 1548.

Wines of Chile Academy has been created by Wines of Chile to offer structured courses to trade professionals and wine enthusiasts. A certificate of recognition as a Wines of Chile Academy ambassador will be issued upon successful completion of a three and a half hour course (including final assessment). Taught by authorized Wines of Chile Educator and IWEG's WSET Diploma coordinator Peter Wearing, DipWSET. This 3-hour evening course is ideal for trade professionals seeking professional accreditation and Chilean wine enthusiasts! 

The class runs Wednesday, May 29, 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Sign up now!

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