Have a Wine Awakening - IWEG Monthly Newsletter Aug. 02, 2018

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UPCOMING COURSES 
In-class
 
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Saturday, September 15th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, September 29th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Thursdays, October 11th and 18th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 
Date: Tuesdays, September 18th - November 20th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
 - Condensed course at Wine Academy!
Date: Tuesdays, October 2nd - November 13th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: Wine Academy, B101, 67 Richmond St. W.
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - Condensed course at Toronto School Of Management!
Date: Saturdays, October 13th, 20th and 27th @ 10AM - 5PM
Location: 22 College Street, Suite 300
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - in Sudbury!
Date: Wednesday, October 31st - December 19th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: Collège Boréal, 21 Lasalle Boulevard
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 
Date: Wednesdays, October 24th - November 28th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - Condensed 
Date: Mondays, September 10th - November 5th @ 10:30AM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Mondays and Wednesdays, September 19th - November 26th @ 7PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, November 10th - November 24th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Italian Wine Scholar
Date: Tuesdays, October 2nd - December 11th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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French Wine Scholar
Date: Thursdays, October 4th - December 13th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Wines of Portugal Academy Level 1
Date: Saturday, October 20th @ 1PM - 5PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Wines of South Africa
Date: Thursday, September 27th @ 10:30AM - 12PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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California Chardonnays
Date: Thursday, September 27th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Italian Cheese and Wine
Date: Saturday, October 20th @ 1PM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Zinfandel
Date: Thursday, October 25th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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The Wines of Austria
Date: Tuesday, November 13th  @ 2PM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Wines For All Occasions: Exploring the Wines of the Loire Valley - Les Rosés et Les Rouges
Date: Thursday, November 22th  @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Uco Valley Master-Class with Sebastian Zucardi
Date: Monday, November 26th @ 2PM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Bourgogne Terroir: "Macon + name of village"
Date: Thursday, November 29th  @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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The Wines of Hungary
Date: Thursday, December 6th  @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Online

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines - New!
Date: Saturday, August 11th - Friday, September 7th
Location: Online
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits - New!
Date: Saturday, August 11th - Friday September 7th
Location: Online
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 
Date: Saturday August 1st - Friday, September 14th
Location: Online
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 
Date: Saturday, September 29th - Friday, November 2nd 
Location: Online
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, September 15th - November 16th
Location: Online
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WSET LEVEL 4 DIPLOMA UNIT 3: WINES OF THE WORLD
 
Registration is open for the WSET Level Diploma Unit 3: Wines of the World.

The registration deadline is August 31st, 2018.

The classes run Mondays, September 10th, 2018 - May 27th 2019 7PM - 9PM. The exam will take place on June 12th, 2019 .

Students will taste approximately 175 different wines with WSET specification showcasing wines from:
  • Northern and Western Europe
  • Central, Southern and Southern-Eastern Europe
  • Africa, Australasia and Asia
  • The Americas
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the wines from the identified regions and districts and, where appropriate, the important communes and vineyards.

  2. Describe the key factors affecting the production of wines from the identified regions and districts, and how these factors influence the style, quality and commercial value of the wines in the local market.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the trade and legal structures for the identified regions and districts.

The course is taught by a specialized team of WSET Certified Educators, led by Peter Wearing DipWSET, IWEG's Diploma Programme Coordinator for the WSET Diploma Unit 3: Wines of The World

IWEG SIGNATURE SERIES
“IWEG’s signature series offers a superb opportunity to dive deeply into specific areas, illustrated by top quality wines. They should be part of everyone’s ongoing education." - John Szabo Dip WSET, MS @johnszabo
 
The Signature Series brings you innovative seminars throughout the academic year that highlight current and relevant subject matter with a unique educational edge. Designed to engage our alumni, students and consumers these seminars are an excellent platform to continue learning, develop tasting skills and to network with fellow industry.

Wines of South Africa on Thursday, September 27th @ 10:30AM - 12PM: Discover the hidden gems and world-class wines from South Africa with Charles Back from Fairview Farm!

California Chardonnays on Thursday, September 27th @ 7PM - 9PM: Taste the incredible, diverse range and styles of California Chardonnay wines, sourced from a number of different AVA's.    

Zinfandel on Thursday, October 25th @ 7PM - 9PM: Find out why Zinfandel reigns supreme in the eyes of many. Led by Eugene Mlynczyk, MW.

The Wines of Austria on Tuesday, November 13th  @ 2PM - 4PM: Join John Szabo, MS for an exploration of why Austria’s wines are now highly prized both by wine experts and wine lovers all around the world.

Wines For All Occasions: Exploring the Wines of the Loire Valley - Les Rosés et Les Rouges on Thursday, November 22th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Join Pascaline Lepeltier, Master Sommelier, on behalf of InterLoire, as she spotlights the red and rosé wines of the Loire Valley.

Uco Valley Master-Class with Sebastian Zucardi on Monday, November 26th @ 2PM - 4PM: Taste the wines of Mendoza's Uco Valley with Sebastian Zucardi, the third generation of the Zuccardi family now leading the business and adopting a regional approach to Uco.

Bourgogne Terroir: "Macon + name of village" on Thursday, November 29th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Supported by the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB), Master of Wine Eugene Mlynczyk will guide you on a tour of Macon's premium villages.

The Wines of Hungary on Thursday, December 6th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Join John Szabo, MS, in a unique master class on the wines of Hungary, with wines generously supplied by the Hungarian Embassy in Ottawa.

WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA MASTER CLASS
Discover the hidden gems and world-class wines from South Africa with Charles Back from Fairview Farm!

About Charles Back:
Charles Louis Back is the third generation owner of South African wine and cheese producer Fairview, in Paarl in the Western Cape Province. Charles Back studied winemaking at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch. He officially joined his family’s company in 1978 and took over full control in 1995 after the death of his father, Cyril. 

Today, Charles Back is known as one of the great entrepreneurs and innovators of the wine world – an individual who likes nothing more to swim against the stream. From the start, he has done things differently, introducing Mediterranean grapes such as Viognier, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah to the Cape. He then expanded the Fairview umbrella to three arterial sub brands - La Capra, Bloemcool and Goats Do Roam - a brand which went on to become the highest selling South African wine brand in the United States following its introduction in 2000. 

Charles has always been an advocate of social development in the Cape. Under Apartheid, he was one of a number or producers who campaigned for and implemented better conditions for farm workers. In 1997, he established the Fair Valley workers association, which gave is employees a chance to farm their own land. More recently, he’s given shares in Fairview to longstanding employees from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, a project that is complemented by FAIRTRADE accreditation. 

Always one to take a risk on new projects, Charles is also the man who pioneered what subsequently became the Swartland Revolution, rediscovering an area that is now one of the hippest and most exciting in the Cape. After stumbling across an old Tobacco farm in Malmesbury, he opened the cellar doors to his second premium wine brand, Spice Route Wines, which has its tasting room at his popular tourist attraction next door to Fairview, Spice Route Destination in Paarl.

In 2017, Charles Back became one of the most awarded winemakers in South Africa, honoured with prestigious titles such as the 1659 Wine Industry Medal of Honour 2017 and the South African Farmer of the Year 2017. He continues to pursue his passion for uplifting his community, working with the people on the farm and delivering a consistently high-quality and value-filled product to his customers. 

About Fairview Farm:
Fairview Estate is a third-generation family-owned farm, located on the slopes of the Paarl Mountain in the winelands of the Western Cape. With a winemaking heritage that dates back to 1693, Fairview has developed a reputation as one of South Africa’s leading wine producers that has been bottling wine under its own label since 1974. Under the guidance of owner Charles Back, who joined his father at the farm in 1978, Fairview is driven by its philosophy of being authentic, honouring the farm’s heritage and always innovating. 

Wines of South Africa
Date: Thursday, September 27th @ 10:30AM - 12PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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SUMMER COCKTAIL
Victoria Walsh is a freelance food writer, recipe developer and stylist. Scott McCallum is cocktail recipe developer and bartender-for-hire. They are authors of A Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails by Appetite, Random House, a project which let them taste and test the best of Canada’s cocktails and spirited ingredients. They are also instructors of the cocktail component of our beginner level spirits course WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits. They've shared with us their recipe for the Balsam Blend:

WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS
WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits is a beginner level spirits course for those starting a career in the industry or beginning to explore spirits for personal interest.

Prerequisite: None

This 6-hour course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits, liqueurs and cocktails.

You will:
  • Explore the main types and styles of spirits through sight, smell, and taste
  • Learn how to describe spirits accurately using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)
  • Develop an understanding of the main steps of spirits production
  • Enjoy an extended exploration of cocktails, lead by local cocktail experts, Victoria Walsh and Scott McCallum
Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

Course includes:
  • WSET Level Award in Spirits Workbook
  • Tutored tasting of 9 benchmark spirits, and 2 cocktails
  • Hands-on group activities
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam
  • Special cocktail session with Victoria Walsh and Scott McCallum
WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Thursdays, October 11th and 18th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINES + so much more
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. The course content was recently updated to present course information in a simpler and more logical format, while the new food and wine pairing exercises feature more wines and a greater range of styles.

Prerequisite: None

This one-day, 6 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 Chef Carrie Rau
  • Practise selecting wines to match with diverse menu options
  • Learn how to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
The course includes:
  • WSET L1 Wines Workbook
  • Tutored tasting of 10 wines, including sparkling and fortified
  • 6-item tasting flight of chef-prepared foods (alert us to allergies/preferences upon registering)
  • Hands-on group activities
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam
The course is led by Karen LaVigne and Carrie Rau.
 
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Saturday, September 15th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SAKE
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.

Prerequisite: None

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 
Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake will be taught by IWEG instructor and Advanced Sake Professional Michael Tremblay.
 
The course includes:
  • WSET L1 Sake Workbook
  • Tutored tasting of 10 samples, aligned with WSET specification
  • Enhanced food and sake pairing exercises (alert us to allergies/preferences upon registering)
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, September 29th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET LEVEL 3 AWARD IN WINES
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is an advanced level course for wine industry professionals, or those seeking to join the profession, or for wine enthusiasts wishing to develop a deeper understanding of wine.

Prerequisite: None, however successful completion of WSET Level 2 Wines and Spirits is recommended, or an equivalent level of  wine knowledge, as is experience with writing English at the college level. Expect to spend 50 hours of preparation and review outside of the classroom over the duration of the course. Please contact the office if you wish to take an optional “readiness” exam.

This 40-hour course provides in-depth and detailed understanding of how human and natural factors in vineyard and winery affect wine style, quality and price. It further develops systematic tasting and description skills. You will:
  • Explore in detail grape varieties, wines and wine-growing regions
  • Develop a thorough understanding of grape-growing and wine-making practices
  • Be able to explain how and why various vineyard and winery factors shape wines of all styles and quality levels
  • Assess and describe wine with confidence, and be able to make storage and service suggestions
  • Learn how to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • Upon successful completion of a tasting test and a theory test - please note candidates are required to pass both components with at least 55% - you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
The course includes:
  • WSET course-pack (text book, study guide, SAT card)
  • Tutored tasting of all wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines specified by WSET
  • Thirty minutes per session of exam prep including progressive writing exercises, quizzes, and blind tasting practice
  • Access to seven formal tests, with feedback provided by IWEG’s Director of Education
  • Access to IWEG’s unique student resources, including videos, maps, slide presentations, a weekly study planning guide and two extensive study packs
  • Bonus class on Californian wines presented by the California Wine Institute
"Passing WSET 3 Award in Wines, tasting and theory both with merit, was a huge accolade for me. It was a very challenging exam and I put a lot of hard work and dedication into it including countless hours of studying, but were it not for the in-class lectures, tastings and group work, or for the instructors and my peers, I would not have made it through. I’m continuing my journey with WSET 4 Diploma Award in Wines and Spirits, and I feel like a part of a special community taking it at IWEG, and within WSET. I’m so grateful for everything thus far, and I’m excited to continue on my unquenchable thirst for wine knowledge, and I am so happy to be doing it with IWEG and WSET." - Allison Hasanen

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - Condensed 
Date: Mondays, September 10th - November 5th @ 10:30AM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Mondays and Wednesdays, September 19th - November 26th @ 7PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WINES OF GREECE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Congratulations to WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits student Brent Simmons, recipient of the Wines of Greece study scholarship to continue studying at IWEG with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2018-2019!‚Äč 

“The instructors at IWEG were excellent and went out of their way to answer questions and share real life stories. I’m delighted to be selected for this scholarship and look forward to continuing my studies with IWEG!” - Brent Simmons


Wines of Greece
Wines of Greece is the national moniker of the Greek National Inter-Professional Organization of Vine and Wine (EDOAO), which represents all of the wineries and vine growers of the Greek wine sector. Wines of Greece’s mission is to support and enhance the viticulture and wine production of Greece and to increase awareness of Greece’s quality Protected Designation of Origin and Protected Geographical Indication wines in the North American market. Wines of Greece showcases the typicity of important Greek appellations, demonstrates the potential of Greek indigenous varieties, and publicizes new trends and notable achievements of Greek wine in international wine competitions as being modern, unique and world class. For more information on Wines of Greece visit the website atwww.winesofgreece.org

WSET DIPLOMA CANDIDATES FACEBOOK GROUPS 

Are you a WSET Diploma student at IWEG? Join our Facebook Group! This group is for you to share resources, questions, connect and keep up with the industry. IWEG will be posting industry events and useful resources to the group. Please feel free to share your own tips and updates. Click here to join the group.

WSET has also created a Facebook group for the global alumni community to connect and share ideas. Click here to join the group.


STUDENT CORNER

August Social Media Contest Winner
Congratulations to Jade Xiaohan Yu for winning this month's social media contest! Here is Rebecca's winning post from her studies with the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake.

Social Media Contest 
We encourage you to share any photos, videos or messages about your IWEG experience in and out of the classroom on your social media! Tag us in your next social media post for a chance to win tickets to upcoming tastings and other special prizes. Each post will be entered into a monthly draw. Winners will be notified and featured in our monthly newsletters.

Be sure to include one of our social media handles in your post:

IWEG's social media handles:
Twitter: IWEG_Canada 
Facebook: IWEG Drinks Academy
Instagram: IWEG_Canada
Hashtags: #iweg and #iweg40

Student and Instructor Photos 
Do you have any photos of your experience at IWEG? We want to share them on our social media channels and in our newsletters. Send any photos to marketing@iweg.org.

 
INDUSTRY NEWS AND EVENTS

News
What’s with the buzz with beer-wine hybrids? - Toronto Star (07/31/2018)
Allez les bleu vin? Spanish man hopes to sell blue wine in France - The Guardian (07/31/2018)
Fine wine as an investment vehicle yields ever-bigger returns - The Globe and Mail (07/25/2018)

IWEG Events

Wines of South Africa on Thursday, September 27th @ 10:30AM - 12PM. $95. Discover the hidden gems and world-class wines from South Africa with Charles Back from Fairview Farm!

California Chardonnays on Thursday, September 27th @ 7PM - 9PM. $95. Taste the incredible, diverse range and styles of California Chardonnay wines, sourced from a number of different AVA's.    

Zinfandel on Thursday, October 25th @ 7PM - 9PM. $95. Find out why Zinfandel reigns supreme in the eyes of many. Led by Eugene Mlynczyk, MW.

Do you have an event you'd like to share with the IWEG community? Please send all event details to marketing@iweg.org.

FEATURED PARTNERS

Thank you to our partners for supporting IWEG's educational programming. For a full list of our partners, visit here.

"When people tell me they want to get into the wine trade,or simply advance their wine knowledge for their personal enjoyment,I always draw their attention to the WSET courses" - Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine