Grape Expectations - IWEG News Mar. 05, 2021

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Learn all about spirits with expert bartender Christina Veira

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. There are no prerequisites.

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
The course will be a blended learning format of five 2-hour online synchronous sessions (live and recorded) on the Zoom platform. Upon confirmation of registration, students will receive details from Christina about how to receive a selection of spirit samples (included in tuition fee) for guided online tasting using the SAT during the online sessions.  
The course will take place on Mondays, April 12th - May 10th @ 2:30pm - 4:30pm and is taught by Christina Veira.

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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 marketing@iweg.org.
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.

Winter 2021 Courses

Certificate in Scotch Whisky - NEW!
Eight modules at your own self-directed pace
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Blended Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Wednesday, March 23rd - April 6th @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 
Date: Wednesdays, April 7th - May 26th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 
Date: Mondays, April 12th - May 10th @ 2:30pm - 4:30pm
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Saturdays, March 13th - 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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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, March 15th - Sunday, April 11th
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Date: Monday, March 22nd - Sunday, April 18th
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Date: Monday, April 5th - Sunday, May 2nd
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 
Date: Monday, April 26th - Sunday, May 23rd
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Monday, April 26th - Sunday, May 23rd
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, March 22nd - Sunday, April 25th
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Date: Monday, March 29th - Sunday, May 2nd
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, March 15th - Sunday April 18th
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Date: Monday, May 10th - Sunday, June 6th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, March 22nd - Sunday, May 23rd
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Date: Monday, April 5th - Sunday, June 6th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, April 5th - Sunday, June 6th
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In-class

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines - Sudbury

Date: Wednesday, March 17th - April 21st @ 6pm - 9pm 
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

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 Wednesday, March 23rd - April 6th at 6:30pm - 7:30pm and is taught by Erin Salmon DipWSET.

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Jane Anson's Inside Bordeaux

Inside Bordeaux by celebrated wine author Jane Anson is a ground-breaking guide to the region. The 708 pages of Inside Bordeaux feature 58 brand-new full colour maps, including sets in ‘gatefolds’ – a first for wine publishing. For Bordeaux-lovers, this resource will prove a long-term companion, covering not just the newest trends but also older vintages. Inside Bordeaux is an invaluable guide to finding quality and value across the world’s largest fine-wine region.

Order this epic book via All the Right Grapes Inc. for $110.00 CAD plus 5% GST and shipping (free in the GTA). Order Inside Bordeaux

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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