Indulge yourself - IWEG Monthly Newsletter Feb. 02, 2018

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WSET AWARDS AND GRADUATION CEREMONY
 
Last month the Wine and Spirit Education Trust celebrated their annualAwards and Graduationceremony in London’s Guildhall. Industry leaders, award winners and graduates came together to celebrate the achievements of the most recent Diploma graduates and scholarship winners. 

IWEG is very proud of our scholarship winner, Erin Turke. Erin has been awarded the Napa Valley Vintners Prize. This award is given to a student who achieved outstanding results across their Diploma and is employed in the wine & spirit industry in either North America, China, Japan or the UK. Erin will be invited to attend one of Napa Valley Vintners 3-day professional trade education programmes.

Congratulations to our new 2017 WSET Diploma Level 4 Award graduates: Shawn Barker, David Cacciottolo, Amanda Davis, Philip DesRosiers, Edel Ebbs, Evan Keaschuk, James Kerr, Sean Ormsby, Michel Rochon, Erin Salmon, Erin Turcke andChristopher Waters.

"IWEG is delighted for our WSET Diploma graduates. This achievement not only recognizes the hard-work and dedication of our students but also reflects the exceptional calibre of IWEG's instructors, as well as the high-quality of the student experience, which results, ultimately, in higher passing grades for WSET Awards". - Paul Miles Dip WSET, Executive Director  

IWEG surpassed our 166 WSET Diploma graduates number as we continue to hold the record for the largest amount of diploma graduates in Canada!

WINES OF GERMANY SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Congratulations to Lauren Hall for her outstanding performance in WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits “Unit 3 Light Wines of the World”. Lauren is the recipient of a study scholarship from Wines of Germany (Canada) to a featured German wine region.

“WSET Diploma is an extremely challenging and rigorous program. I was fortunate to have the IWEG community there every step of the way to help me through." - Lauren Hall

Wines of Germany
Wines of Germany (Canada) provides marketing communications support for all German wine products as well as communications support to the producers and exporters of German wines that operate in this market. Serving on behalf of the Deutsches Weininstitut in Mainz, our communications support is focused on a wide base of constituents including: wine media, licensees, agent representatives, sommeliers, liquor board buyers, government officials and consumers at large. Communication is generated through promotional and wine marketing activities as well as tutor tasting seminars and wine tastings. We also host trade and educational visits to the wine regions of Germany.

For more information on Wines of Germany, visit the website at germanwinecanada.com, follow on Twitter: @germanwineca or Facebook.com/germanwinecanada

Germany! Beyond Riesling
In partnership with Wines of Germany, IWEG presents Germany! Beyond Riesling. Led by IWEG's very own WSET Diploma Program Coordinator, Eugene Mlynczyk MW and Katharina Staabe, German Wine Queen for 2017-2018, a native of the Nahe region. This focused tutored tasting will take wine professionals and enthusiasts alike beyond Riesling to discover the other great, and often overshadowed, grape varietals of Germany. Showcasing fine examples of Dornfelder, Pinot Noir, and others from quality producers, this is an opportunity not to be missed! 

Germany! Beyond Riesling
Date: Wednesday, April 11th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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UPCOMING COURSES 
WSET Level 1 Award in Wine
Date: Monday, February 12th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Tuesdays, May 1st and May 8th @ 6:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, February 24th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - in Sudbury!
Date: Wednesdays, February 21st - April 11th @ 6PM
Location: Collège Boréal
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
Date: Saturdays, March 3rd, 10th and 24th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Mondays, March 5th - April 30th @ 10:30AM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, April 14th and 15th, and 21st and 22nd @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Italian Wine Scholar: Central and Southern
Date: Tuesdays, April 10th - June 5th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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French Wine Scholar 
Date: Wednesdays, Feb 14th - May 16th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Ontario's Brave New Wines
Date: Saturdays, Feb 24th - March 24th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Basics of Cheese and Wine
Date: Saturday, Feb 10th @ 1PM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Game of Rhones 
Date: Thursday, Feb 15th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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CAPS @ IWEG Workshop Series: Aroma Seminar II
Date: Thursday, March 1st @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Bourgogne Terroir
Date: Thursday, March 8 @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Germany! Beyond Riesling
Date: Wednesday, April 11th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR
French Wine Scholar is an in-depth specialist certification focused on the diverse wines and wine regions of France. 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.

Prerequisite: None. However, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is recommended, and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is preferred. Expect to spend 25 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course outside of classroom hours.

This 25-hour course provides detailed coverage of French AOC wines, as well as an introduction to French history, geography, viticulture and winemaking. You will:
  • Develop specialist knowledge of the AOC wines of Alsace, Champagne, Jura, Savoie, Burgundy, Loire, Bordeaux, Rhône, Languedoc, Roussillon, Southwest France, Provence and Corsica
  • Appreciate the cultural context of French wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample a range of exemplary wines, including many that are rare and difficult-to-source
Upon successful completion of a 100-question multiple-choice exam (passing grade is 75%) you will receive the French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential, certificate and lapel pin.

The course includes:
  • FWS 280-page Study Manual (new 6th edition)
  • A full-year access to all FWS online resources (slides, videos, interactive quizzes, webinars, etc.)
  • Exam registration fee
  • Tutored tasting of over 55 wines
  • Diverse hands-on group activities designed to enhance recall and address different learning styles
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam
  • Instruction by the 2 globally top-ranked Wine Scholar Guild educators, Nancy Reynolds and Rose-Anne St. Jean
French Wine Scholar 
Date: Wednesdays, Feb 14th - May 16th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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NIAGARA WINE COUNTRY HARVEST REPORT
 
 
IWEG students Ryan Corrigan, Winemaker and William Roman, Operations Manager ofRosewood Estates Winery shared an update on the 2017 harvest in Niagara:

The 2017 vintage proved to be one of the most interesting and challenging in our region’s history and for Rosewood specifically.  Spring was slow to start, following a moderately cold winter with very little snow accumulation. Spring and early summer were extremely wet and cool, breaking numerous records, with very few days of sun - not at all advantageous for the vines or bees kept on our estate. We then experienced a turning point in August and began seeing consistently warm and sunny days with very little rain. This beautiful weather continued into September through the end of October - allowing the vines to ripen their heavy crops, essentially saving the vintage.
 
The winemaking team, lead by our winemaker Ryan Corrigan and assistant winemaker Devin Campbell are very happy with the fruit concentration and quality of the 2017 harvest. Both are very excited about the Pinot Noir, barrel fermented Gamay Rosé and whole-cluster Cabernet Franc produced on the estate. 
 

Learn more about Ontario wine with IWEG's Ontario wine certification course: 

Ontario's Brave New Wines
Date: Saturdays, Feb 24th - March 24th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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ONTARIO'S BRAVE NEW WINES
Ontario's Brave New Wines is a beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring Ontario for those working in the industry, looking to join the industry or wine enthusiasts.

Prerequisite: None. Expect to spend 6 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course, outside of the classroom.

Ontario's Brave New Wines course is now into its fourth successful year and IWEG continues to develop and broaden the learning experience for students and connoisseurs of Ontario wines.  

In response to student demand this is now a certified program in collaboration with the Wine Council of Ontario and candidates successful in passing the final exam will hold a recognized certificate as an Ontario Wine Specialist.

For the 2018 program, we are excited and proud to introduce wine educator Dave Larocque. Dave has lived his love for wine for over 30 years, initially as a product consultant with the LCBO, then subsequently working at many Ontario wineries, and as a wine educator and trainer for Canadian winery staff, Niagara College, the Wine Council of Ontario, and staff of numerous restaurants.  He recently authored a book titled ‘The Wine Appellations of Ontario’.  His newest venture, Wine Culture, brings the enjoyment of wine to groups across Canada through presentations and tastings in an educational and entertaining approach.

Students will attend four full days of study with each morning focusing on the wine appellations of Ontario and basic wine education, while the afternoons will present insightful tasting opportunities with a number of local winemakers, each addressing unique aspects of their winemaking style that builds on the morning studies. The final day will bring the classroom work to life with a field trip to three leading Niagara wineries. 

In collaboration with the Wine Council of Ontario, these 4 sessions of learning and tasting celebrate local wines, growers and producers and give insight into the bold venture that is winemaking in Ontario. 

Come and meet some of Ontario’s leading edge wine makers, enjoy their award-winning wines and learn more about how the trail-blazing Ontario wine industry is preparing for the future.

Ontario's Brave New Wines will run February - March 2018.  Registration now open!

2018 Course Schedule

FEBRUARY 24TH - Intro to appellations/sub-appellations

1:30pm - The Grange (Prince Edward County, Caroline Granger) – Chardonnay, Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir (VQA PEC VQA)
2:30pm - Henry of Pelham (Short Hills Bench, Paul Speck) – Riesling, Baco Noir and Cabernet Merlot (VQA Short Hills Bench or VQA Niagara Escarpment appellations)
3:30pm – Colio (LENS, Danielle Giroux)- Rose, Syrah,  Cabernet Franc (VQA LENS VQA)

MARCH 3RD - 4 fundamental wine styles

1:30pm - Hinterland (Sparkling, Vicki Samaras) - Sparkling
2:15pm - Thirty Bench (Emma Garner) – Riesling VQA Beamsville Bench, Late Harvest and Icewine
3:00pm - Norman Hardie - Chardonnay/Pinot Noir (Norm Hardie) – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (VQA PEC VQA)
3:45pm - Southbrook - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and blends of these (Ann Sperling or Paul DeCampo) – and fortified, The Anniversary.

MARCH 10TH - Wine & food matching

1:30pm - Vineland (David Hulley) – Riesling and aromatic whites with food sample to match
2:30pm - Redstone (Chef David Sider or winemaker Rene Vanede) – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with food sample to match
3:30pm - Two Sisters (Vladimir) – Big reds, youthful tannins with food sample to match

MARCH 24TH - Winery tours

Trius @ 10 am (lead by Dave Larocque) – Write the final ‘The Wine Appellations of Ontario’ test to become  Ontario Wine Certified. (10am to 10:45am) Trius Brut, Chardonnay, Sparkling 5 Blanc de Noirs
Chateau des Charmes @ 12:15 pm (lead by a winery rep – Emily Lenz) – Aligote, Chardonnay Musque and Gamay Noir Droit
Stratus @ 2 pm (lead by Suzanne Janke) – Lunch - the blends, red and white, Petit Verdot

Ontario's Brave New Wines
Date: Saturdays, Feb 24th - March 24th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

IWEG SIGNATURE SERIES: GAME OF RHONES
The Rhone Valley in France delivers a wealth of truly outstanding wines, while the California Rhone Rangers and the Grenache Syrah Mouvedre / Mataro (GSM) blends of Australia's Barossa Valley have gained huge momentum. But whose are the best? Led by Bruce Wallner MS, come and taste a spectacular flight of wines and you be the judge.

About Bruce Wallner:
Master Sommelier Bruce Wallner, is the founder and director of The Sommelier Factory. Originally designed to help Sommeliers prepare for the MS exam and for world competitions, The SommFactory now trains industry professionals to become Certified Sommeliers and helps wine loving consumers to access and enjoy better wines.

Previously, Bruce spent 12 years as the Head Sommelier of Palazzo Versace and Hotel du Vin. He was certified as Master Sommelier in London, November 2009. In 2012, Bruce Wallner was named as Ontario’s Best Sommelier and served as official trainer for Team Canada during the historic run of successful competitions in Canada, Brazil and Japan. He looks forward to sharing with IWEG students why he believes wines from Southern Rhone offer great value, and wines from Northern Rhone touch the soul.

Game of Rhones 
Date: Thursday, Feb 15th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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IWEG SIGNATURE SERIES: BASICS OF CHEESE AND WINE
Julia Rogers DipWSET is not only the IWEG Education Director, she's also a cheese professional for nearly 20 years, involved in retailing, consulting and training. She developed the Professional Fromager Certification course at George Brown College and has been a cheese judge in several contexts. We are delighted to have her lead the popularBasics of Cheese and Wine seminar again!

The notion that specific cheeses need to be served with specific wines is an artifact of formal French cuisine. The haute cuisine tradition of serving cheese as a separate course, necessitated a complete change of plates and utensils, and also a new wine. There is no other place within sommelierie where a single, unadorned food (as opposed to a dish composed of multiple ingredients) becomes the pairing challenge. 

The result of all this is that people get into a big fuss over pairing wine and cheese, and can make some less than tasty mistakes as both wine and cheese are powerfully flavoured and structured. But, as with most pairings, most people, most of the time, will find most cheese and wine pairings acceptable, if not better!

During this seminar, Julia will employ a "cheese by style" approach to appreciating cheese alone, and with wine. She will also present some classic pairings, and participants will test out some "rules of thumb". With these tools, students will have more confidence in their own cheese and wine pairing experiments.
 
Basics of Cheese and Wine
Date: Saturday, Feb 10th @ 1PM - 4PM
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 Mariko Tajiri.
 
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, February 24th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!


 

WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINES AND SPIRITS
Three, top performing IWEG students in this course will receive study scholarships from the California Wine Institute, Wines of Germany and Wines of Greece to continue studying at IWEG with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2018!
 
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is a beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in the industry, looking to join the industry or wine and spirit enthusiasts.

Prerequisite: None. Expect to spend 12 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course, outside of the classroom.

This 20-hour course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills. You will:
  • Understand how wine is made
  • Explore major grape varieties and key wine-growing regions
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that influence the style of wines
  • Learn what classifications and other labelling terms mean
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample wines, sparkling wines, fortified wines, spirits and liqueurs
  • Understand and be able to apply basic principles of wine storage, service and food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • Upon successful completion of a 50-question multiple-choice exam (at least 55% to pass) 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 60 samples aligned with WSET specifications
  • 6 ISO tasting glasses
  • Access to IWEG’s unique student resources, including videos, maps, slide presentations and other study aids
  • Bonus class on Argentinian wines presented by Wines of Argentina
WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - in Sudbury!
Date: Wednesdays, February 21st - April 11th @ 6PM
Location: Collège Boréal
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
Date: Saturdays, March 3rd, 10th and 24th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

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
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Mondays, March 5th - April 30th @ 10:30AM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINES + so much more
The top performing IWEG student in this course will receive a study scholarship from Wines of South Africa to continue studying with the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits in 2018.

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.

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
  • 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)
  • 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 will be led by Karen LaVigne and Carrie Rau.

 Carrie Rau is a Toronto-based food and wine professional. She is a graduate of the Stratford Chef’s School 04’ culinary program and red seal certified freelance chef. Carrie moved to Toronto in 2010 after working in some notable kitchens in her hometown of Stratford, ON and joined the ever-evolving hospitality scene where she discovered the wine community and fell in love! She has 17 years of professional cooking experience in restaurants, culinary teaching, culinary management and freelance work in research and recipe development.  Combined with wine training at the Court of Master Sommeliers and a candidate in the WSET Diploma program at IWEG her experience has gained her a passionate footing in both worlds.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wine
Date: Monday, February 12th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

IWEG STAFF PROFILE: KRYSTENNE MACMULLIN 

Many of you have had the opportunity to meet our Student Registrar, Krystenne MacMullin. Better known as Krys, we asked her to tell us more about  about herself:

Tell me about your wine education and why you pursued it.

 My interest in wine goes back quite a long way. I decided to turn my interest into a career while living in England and I have never looked back. Most of my wine and spirits qualifications were completed at WSET's head office in London, UK. I am currently finishing off the Level 4 Diploma with IWEG.

What is the most interesting or surprising thing you have learned in your wine studies?

For me, some of the most interesting things I have learned while studying wine have been while visiting various winemaking regions and gaining first hand experience. The most memorable of these trips so far was a motorcycle trip through Piedmont. I had a pretty solid handle of the geography/topography of Northern Italy after that trip!

What is your favourite  part about working at IWEG?

Meeting all of the interesting people that are drawn to the wine and spirits trade.

What does your typical day at IWEG look like?

Drinking considerable amounts of coffee. Daydreaming about my next vacation to a winemaking region. Most importantly, working together with the amazing team at IWEG to plan and deliver internationally respected wine and spirits qualifications to our students. 


WSET DIPLOMA CANDIDATES FACEBOOK GROUP 

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.


STUDENT CORNER

February Social Media Contest Winner
Congratulations to Greg MacDonald for winning this month's social media contest! Here is Greg's winning post from his studies with the Italian Wine Scholar.

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
Can Amazon’s Alexa hack it as a wine sommelier? We put her to the test - The Globe and Mail (01/31/2018)
Millennials plant to spend more money on wine than other age groups - The Drinks Business (01/31/2018)
Yamagata brewing venture makes splash abroad with sake aged in wine barrels - The Japan Times (01/07/2018)

Events
Saturday, Feb 10th @ IWEG Drinks Academy: Basics of Cheese and Wine at 1PM. $95. 

Knowing your way around the cheese counter is just as rewarding as being comfortable in a wine shop. While there are plenty of ways to increase your wine IQ, opportunities to become cheese savvy are less common. With that in mind, IWEG offers this introductory class designed to develop your understanding and appreciation of cheese and wine. Sign up now!


Thursday, Feb 15th @ IWEG Drinks Academy: Game of Rhones at 7PM. $95. The Rhone Valley in France delivers a wealth of truly outstanding wines, while the California Rhone Rangers and the Grenache Syrah Mouvedre / Mataro (GSM) blends of Australia's Barossa Valley have gained huge momentum. But whose are the best? Led by Bruce Wallner MS, come and taste a spectacular flight of wines and you be the judge. Sign up now!

Thursday, March 1st @ IWEG Drinks Academy: CAPS @ IWEG Workshop Series: Aroma Seminar at 7PM. $95. Drawing on varied perspectives ranging from chemosensory science and dog cognition, to perfumery, wine and 'smell walking/mapping,' this 'activity-centric' workshop will teach you how (and why) to put your noses to the ground, rather than smelling with the mind. Sign up now!

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