Keep it Simple - IWEG News Oct. 28, 2021

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Meet IWEG instructor Yuuji Nagaoka

Yuuji Nagaoka is a WSET Diploma graduate from IWEG and a certified educator with nearly 15 years of experience in the wine industry. He has dedicated over 10 years of his career to providing wine service, teaching WSET, building full wine programs for multiple new restaurants and hosting wine events at Oliver and Bonacini Hospitality. He is currently a Sales Account Manager with Cave Spring Cellars and The Vine Agency, as well as one of the curators for Gargoyle wine club. Yuuji also participates in sensory analysis research for VQA Ontario.

Here's his advice to wine students:

Studying wine can be intimidating. The amount of information is daunting. What I suggest is to keep it simple. The fact is: wine is an agricultural product. Wine comes from grapes. Grapes come from vines. Vines come from the earth. Just like the tomatoes you put on your salad. You know which tomato to buy. You will know which wine to buy. And always practice. Taste and take notes every chance you get, either manually or digitally. Practice reading labels at the store. Examine how wine is made or where it comes from, or from which grape it is produced, you’ll have a lot more fun. You will know if you were right or wrong when you taste the wine. Remember, studying wine is meant to be rewarding!

Explore Japan's national beverage with Sake Samurai Michael Tremblay

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. You will learn the basic principles of sake production, the main types and styles of sake, how to serve sake and factors affecting the flavour of sake. The course is taught by WSET Certified Sake Educator and Sake Samurai, Michael Tremblay.

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 
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, November 13th @ 9:30am - 5:00pm
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Blind tasting, the WSET Diploma way

For those who want to truly understand the world of wine, blind tasting is about much more than correctly identifying provenance or grape variety. It provides an unbiased way of honing your sensory skills and understanding of how different factors influence what's in your glass.

On Wednesday, December 8th at 10am GMT (10am EST). WSET’s Victoria Burt MW and Christopher Martin DipWSET will talk you through three tasting notes that have a common link, exploring how the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines develops your wine tasting proficiency.

They'll also explain how to use the evidence provided by your tasting notes to assess the style, quality and predict the future development of a wine.

This session is aimed at those who have completed or are currently studying for the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, but it is open to anyone interested in learning more about the WSET Diploma qualification and how it can benefit you.

Can't attend live? You can watch this event on-demand on WSET's YouTube Events Hub from December 9th. Register now!

Explore spirits with expert Chris Robertson 

Chris Robertson DipWSET is the Senior Director for Beer, Cider & Ready-to-Drink at the LCBO. He has over 20 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry as a buyer, marketer and business leader. He has extensive knowledge of beer, spirits and wine, including the WSET Level 4 Diploma, and in 2019, Chris was awarded the David A. Churchill Memorial Scholarship for the highest score in the WSET Diploma’s The Global Business of Wine unit at IWEG.   

Chris has a particular passion for spirits. He conceived of and implemented the LCBO’s first-ever Spirits Summit and lead a similar initiative for gin that brought guests from the UK to collaborate with the local industry. Chris has had the privilege to taste thousands of different spirits throughout his career and has travel extensively to important producing regions like Scotland, Kentucky and the Caribbean. While he appreciates all spirits, he has a particular fondness for amaro, Scotch Whisky, gin and tequila.  

IWEG is delighted that Chris will be teaching our WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits this fall. Here's what he had to say about his teaching approach and study tips:

I am excited to share my knowledge and first-hand experiences as an IWEG instructor. I believe the key to learning is a passion for the subject and I try to take students beyond the technical aspects of the material by exploring the trends, the people and places that enliven the subject matter. I also encourage students to connect with one another throughout the learning experience through study groups and tastings. I think meeting people in the industry or those just interested in beverage alcohol is one of the most rewarding elements of these courses. It enhances your learning and makes the whole experience fun.     

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.

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
WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, November 8th - December 13th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm. 
In-person tasting workshop on Monday, November 22 at IWEG @ 6pm. Final exam on December 14, 2021 @ 10am via WSET Remote Invigilation Services.
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In-class and blended learning for fall

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, November 20th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, November 13th @ 9:30am - 5:00pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Saturdays, November 20th, 27th and December 4th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: November 8th - December 13th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Online courses

Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, November 15th - Sunday, December 12th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Monday, November 8th - Sunday, December 5th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, November 1st - Sunday, December 5th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, November 29th - Sunday, January 2nd
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, November 1st - Sunday, January 22nd
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Certificate in Irish Whiskey - 
NEW!
Eight modules at your own self-directed pace
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Certificate in Scotch Whisky - NEW!
Eight modules at your own self-directed pace
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