Get Into the Spirits - IWEG Monthly Newsletter Mar. 05, 2020

« Back to News

Deepen Your Knowledge of the World’s Wine Regions and Styles

Further develop your systematic tasting skills with WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

"I’m a law student with a passion for wine education. Before graduating from Osgoode, I wanted to deepen my knowledge of the world’s wine regions and styles. WSET Level 3 Award in Wines provided me that opportunity, and thanks to the excellent quality of instruction at IWEG, I’m pleased to have earned the certification, with distinction. In the future, I look forward to pursuing the Diploma program – after articling, of course." - Connor Campbell

"My pursuit of wine education evolved naturally through my curiosity for travel. The super-focussed lens on geography, climate, regional winemaking styles, typicity and quality offered in WSET Level 3 Award in Wines richly informed my experiences visiting the origins of some of my favourite wine styles - Santorini, Piedmont and Champagne, to name a few - deeply engraining their details into my sensory memory. Old-world destinations aside, my appreciation for the output of VQA wineries in our own backyard has also matured considerably through supplemental learning at IWEG. WSET has truly opened the doors for me to learn so much more about wine, and to inform many more visits to winemaking regions around the world.” - Genna Gingerich

'The WSET Level 3 Award in Wines was a challenging and worthwhile experience. Not only is the study of wine a personal passion of mine, but it is also something which is important to my career in the food service industry. IWEG’s knowledgeable and engaging instructors used various interactive tools which was invaluable to my learning. I plan to continue studying by enrolling in Level 4 and hopefully, one day, exploring the wine regions of France in person!” - Tina Chiu

"When I am not practicing law I am often seeking opportunities to explore the world of wine – whether it be travelling through vineyards around the world, attending wine tastings or simply reading a book about wine. I took WSET Level 3 Award in Wines to enrich my knowledge of winemaking and how to accurately taste and describe the quality of a wine. The course, while challenging, has only fueled my enthusiasm for wine. Salud!" - Masiel Matus

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is an intensive and advanced level course for wine industry professionals, those seeking to join the profession, or for wine enthusiasts wishing to develop a deeper understanding of wine. Class starts on March 28th - sign up now!Sign up for WSET Level 3 Award in Wines!


Meet the New Master of Wine Ross Wise

Congratulations to our IWEG WSET Diploma alumnus 

The Institute of Masters of Wine has announced seven new Masters of Wine, from five different countries, including Canada's Ross Wise MW. The total number of MWs in the world is now 396 in 30 countries. 

New Zealand native Ross is a winemaker and viticulturist based in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Canada. Following a brief stint as a chef, Ross kicked off his wine career in 2002 by studying viticulture and wine science. After graduating top of his class (Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawke's Bay), he went on to work with several wineries and vineyards in the Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Central Otago regions. Ross moved to Canada in 2009 and established Wise Consulting, providing viticulture and winemaking advice to several wineries across Ontario.

In 2015 he completed the WSET Diploma at IWEG and shortly after was accepted to the MW study programme, where he passed all theory and tasting exams on the first attempt. Ross moved west to the Okanagan Valley in 2016, where he is the winemaker for Black Hills Estate Winery and a senior winemaker for the Andrew Peller Limited family of wineries. Since arriving in the Okanagan Valley, he has expanded his organic and biodynamic viticulture knowledge, studied the potential implications of climate change in the valley, and developed a reputation as a prolific sourdough bread baker.

Well done Ross!


Insider's Guide to Ontario Wines

Two days of classroom instruction and a study trip to Niagara wine country

Join IWEG Director of Education Christopher Waters DipWSET and a who’s who of Ontario winemakers and marketers for an immersive  survey course looking at the past, present and future of the dynamic Ontario wine industry. This immersive program features two days of classroom instruction with extensive tutored tasting opportunities at IWEG and a study trip to Niagara wine country. This is a certified program, in collaboration with Ontario Craft Wineries; candidates successful in passing the final Wine Appellations of Ontario exam will hold a recognized certificate as an Ontario Wine Specialist.

Course details:

Saturday, April 8th @ 10:30AM - 4:30PM

This class will focus on the classic wine styles from Ontario, including a rare opportunity to compare current releases with library wines across a range of styles. 

(no class Saturday, April 25th)

Saturday, May 2nd @ 10:30AM - 4:30PM

This class will be centred on emerging regions, winemaking practices and styles, featuring a comparative tasting of barrel samples beside finished wines, and a written exam to obtain the Ontario Craft Wineries’ Wine Appellations of Ontario certification.   

Saturday, May 9th @ 9AM - 6PM

The third meeting brings the classroom work to life with a field trip to specially selected Niagara wineries for in-depth tours and tasting (bus transport to and from Toronto and lunch included).

Sign up for the Insider's Guide to Ontario Wines!


Learn about spirits with one of WSET's 50 under 40 future influencers of the global drinks industry

Christina Veira will teach the new WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits

The new WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits is an advanced-level qualification for professionals and enthusiasts wishing to acquire a detailed understanding of the spirits of the world and develop the tasting skills required to accurately describe and evaluate a spirit.

This qualification is intended to build on knowledge and skills gained from the WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits and WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits. You’ll acquire a deep theoretical understanding of the techniques used in spirit production, from the processing of raw materials to post-distillation operations. Through a combination of tasting and the application of theoretical knowledge you will learn to explain confidently why spirits look and taste the way they do and how and why they differ from each other.

The course will take place across five full, consecutive days, Monday to Friday, June 22nd to June 26th at 8:30AM - 5:00PM. The exam will take place on Saturday June 27th at 10AMLearn more about the WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits!

Not quite ready for Level 3? Christina will also be teaching WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits on Mondays, March 23rd and 30th at 6:30PM - 9:30PM and WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits on Mondays, April 20th - June 1st at 6:30PM - 8:30PM.

Sign up for WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits now!


Upcoming Courses

Starting soon at IWEG:

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Toronto
Date: Saturday, March 28th
Time: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy

Register Now!
 
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

Toronto
Date: Saturday, March 14th
Time: 9:30AM - 5PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy

Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Toronto
Date: Mondays, March 23rd and 30th
Time:6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy

Register Now!
 
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 

Toronto
Date: Thursdays, March 26th - May 21st
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy

Date: Tuesdays, April 14th - May 19th
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Wine Academy

Sudbury
Date: Wednesdays, April 22nd - May 27th
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: Collège Boréal

Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Toronto
Date: Mondays, April 20th - June 1st
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy

Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Toronto
Date: Saturdays, March 28th - May 30th
Time: 10:30AM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy

Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits - NEW!

Toronto
Date: Monday - Friday, June 22nd - June 26th
Time: 8:30AM - 5PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy

Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

Toronto
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, June 6th and 7th, 20th and 21st and 27st
Time: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy

Ottawa
Date: Friday, April 17th - Monday, April 20th
Time: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: Algonquin College

Register Now!

Italian Wine Scholar

Ottawa - Central and Southern Italy
Date: Tuesdays, May 5th - June 23rd
Time: 7PM - 9PM
Location: Algonquin College

Register Now!

Insider's Guide to Ontario Wines

Toronto
Date: Saturday, April 18th, May 2nd and 9th
Time: 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy

Register Now!

Wines Of Portugal Academy Intermediate Level Certification

Toronto
Date: Friday, April 24th 
Time: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy

Register Now!


Online Learning

Starting soon at IWEG:

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, May 4th - Saturday, June 6th
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, June 1st - Saturday, July 4th
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, March 23rd - Saturday, May 2nd
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, March 16th - Saturday, April 25th
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, March 16th - Saturday, May 30th
Location: Online
Register Now!

Dates and times subject to change.


Win a Wine Study Trip to Argentina

Submit a research paper and participate in a blind tasting competition

IWEG and Wines of Argentina with the support of the Consulate of Argentina in Toronto, are thrilled to offer an opportunity for WSET Diploma and Level 3 students as well as members of CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers) to compete for a chance to win a study trip to Argentina in 2020 / 2021. This competition is designed to support the development of core skills and enhance learning outcomes for WSET and/or sommelier certification studies.

To qualify to win the grand prize trip to Argentina, entrants must submit a research paper and participate in a blind tasting event to be held at IWEG moderated by Christopher Waters DipWSET on April 16, 2020.

Click here for the full competition requirements.

Learn how to Win a Wine Study Trip to Argentina


Explore Sake Through Sight, Smell, and Taste

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake takes place on March 14

Sake Samurai and IWEG instructor Michael Tremblay is teaching our WSET Level 1 Award in Sake in Toronto on Saturday, March 14th.

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 

Sign up now for WSET Level 1 Award in Sake!


Guide Your Mind and Your Palate

Meet our WSET Level 2 instructor Debbie Shing

Debbie Shing DipWSET shares her insights on WSET Level 2 Award in Wines:

"WSET Level 2 Award in Wines  is a well-paced, moderately challenging introduction to wine. Successful students will be able to recall and identify classic wine regions and international grape varieties, and describe and explain basic characteristics of benchmark styles of wine from all over the world.

Whether you are looking to broaden your personal knowledge or passion for wine, or you are beginning to think about building a career in beverage alcohol, WSET Level 2 is an essential course to guide your mind and your palate toward better understanding what goes inside the bottle.

I have been teaching for over six years at IWEG. I enjoy instructing because not only does it keeps me rooted in my wine knowledge, it is also a wonderful way to stay connected within the local community of wine lovers, as well as to recruit talent! Now that I recently launched my own company, Quvé Group, I’m even more interested to keep my eyes peeled for good people."

Debbie is one of the instructors teaching WSET Level 2 Award in Wines on Thursdays from March 26th - May 21st. Sign up now for WSET Level 2 Award in Wines!


What is your Current Knowledge and/or Interest in Beer?

We need your input!

Please click on the survey link below and let us know your thoughts and knowledge of beer. The survey shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete and we’d very much like to hear from you. Survey


Help Us Build the Future Generation of Experts

We need your help raising $100,000 within the next three months

As Canada’s largest and longest operating wine and spirits educator, we are committed to developing deep expertise among Canadians just like you who are seeking to grow as professionals and fulfill their career dreams.  

Many of our graduates have progressed to leadership roles in the wine and spirits and hospitality industries thanks to the education they received at the hands of our passionate and expert instructors.

With today’s fast-changing learning environment, driven by the rapid advances of technology, we need to invest in the future. To bring our offerings to the next level and to ensure we continue to help our graduates achieve their goals, we are developing a new website and digital platform, with a state-of-the-art learning management system, that will enable dynamic and continuous engagement between our students, instructors and academic support staff.

Now we need your help!

As you know, we are a non-profit charitable organization, and we need to raise $100,000 within the next three months. As an alumnus of IWEG, you can help us reach this goal by conveniently donating online. After you donate, we’ll email you an official donation receipt issued by PayPal Giving Fund.

Your gift to the school will enable us to deliver on our critical mission: helping wine and spirits and hospitality professionals achieve their professional and personal dreams.  

Can tomorrow’s wine and spirits leaders count on you? Please consider making your donation today. Donate now!


An Exploration of Sherry with Wines From Spain

In partnership with Wines from Spain

Join Master Sommelier John Szabo on Thursday, March 26th at 7PM - 9PM pm for an exploration of Sherry.

Master Sommelier John Szabo DipWSET was the first Canadian to add the “MS” after his name in 2004. He’s seen the hospitality business from all sides including cooking and washing dishes, serving and sommellerie, importing, teaching, writing, photographing, speaking, emceeing, consulting and judging wine internationally. He was listed as “Canada’s best-known sommelier” in Meininger’s Wine Business International. 

Sign up now for the Wines From Spain masterclass!


Learn about the Wines of Germany with the German Wine Institute's Moritz Volke

In partnership with Wines of Germany Canada

Join Moritz Volke, International Head of Seminars at the Deutsches Weininstitut  on Wednesday, April 8th at 2PM - 4PM for an introduction to the wines of Germany.

Moritz Volke is responsible for developing and delivering training for opinion leaders on the export markets for German wine and the collaboration with international wine education institutions. After growing up in his family’s winery in Rheinhessen and earning a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of Mainz, Moritz started in the wine industry doing a winemaking apprenticeship at two renowned wineries, followed by bachelor’s degree in viticulture and enology from Geisenheim University. Before joining the German Wine Institute, he gained experience in the e-commerce sector as a Category Manager and as an Export Sales and Marketing Manager for various German wineries. Sign up now for the Wines of Germany Canada masterclass!


Student Corner

Social Media Contest Winner

Congratulations to Rebecca Richardson for winning this month's social media contest! This is Rebecca's winning post from the Loire class in the French Wine Scholar

Member Pricing to Toronto Winetasters Society Events

Winetasters Society of Toronto is one of Toronto's oldest and largest non-profit clubs offering fine wine tasting events to members for over thirty years. They have one of the best cellars in Toronto with over 3,500 bottles and the tastings include many fabulous regions and aged selections of outstanding wines.  

IWEG students, alumni and instructor pay member pricing to their events - use the code 'IWEG' when registering for an event to receive the member rate! Visit winetasters.ca for upcoming events.Featured PartnersThank you to our partners for supporting IWEG's educational programming. For a full list of our partners, visit here.