More than a Hobby - IWEG News Jul. 08, 2021

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More than a hobby

Lauren Vaile is a recent WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines student at IWEG. Here's her study advice for fellow WSET scholars:

I originally took WSET Level 2 as a way to have fun and keep learning outside my 9-5 job in marketing, but I quickly realized this needed to become more than a hobby and signed up for WSET Level 3 to try to pursue a career in the wine world. My study advice is cue cards are your best friend! Pull out key terms, locations, grapes etc., and take the time to write them down. The act of revisiting the textbook and your class notes is super helpful but what makes cue cards the best, is that you can take them anywhere/everywhere so you can study on the fly. Hang in there and good luck everyone!

Join the class of 2023

The market-leading WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines qualification provides expert level knowledge and develops key analytical skills for success in the global wine business. Perfect for both the trade professional and the serious enthusiast, the course will arm you with specialist-level skills and experience, plus international recognition as an expert in the field of wine.

Holders of the Diploma will be able to identify characteristics of the principal wines of the world, make informed assessments of a product's quality and value, and identify appropriate opportunities for the products within a given market. 

Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to underpin the job requirements in such roles as Food & Beverage Manager, Wine Buyer or Sales Executive.

The Diploma fulfills the prerequisite for the wine qualification requirement for entry to the Master of Wine (MW) program.

A smaller in-class WSET Diploma program will begin on August 25 and an online WSET Diploma program will begin on October 4. 

If you are interested in the WSET Diploma program and would like to learn more, we would be happy answer your questions. Please email Krystenne MacMullin at

The IWEG Experience

As the leading organization in wine, spirits and sake education in Canada, IWEG has offered the WSET Level 4 Diploma since 1988.

Our Diploma Graduates over the years have gone on to become vital members of the wine and spirits industry in Canada and worldwide. IWEG holds the record for having the largest amount of Diploma graduates in Canada!

IWEG has been offering Diploma studies for longer than any institute outside of the WSET School in London, which means we enjoy a long history of student success. Our current pass rate for the most rigorous component, "Wines of the World", is 22 percent higher than the global average pass rate for this unit of study.

Our passionate and highly qualified Diploma educators, who come from different fields within the trade, provide on-going support to help you master the analytical tasting skills and supplemental theoretical knowledge necessary to succeed.

In-class and blended learning for fall

In-class Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, September 25th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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Date: Saturday, October 23rd @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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Italian Wine Scholar Prep - NEW!
Date: Saturday, October 9th @ 9am - 4pm
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Spanish Wine Scholar
Date: Thursdays, September 23rd - November 11th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Italian Wine Scholar - Central and Southern Italy
Date: Tuesdays, October 12th - December 7th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Blended Learning

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 

Date: Tuesdays, September 14th - November 2nd @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Date: Saturdays, October 23rd - November 6th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines 
Date: Wednesdays, September 1st - December 8th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Stay tuned for more courses offerings!

Remaining summer courses

Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, July 19th - Sunday, August 15th
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Date: Monday, July 26th - Sunday, August 22nd
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Date: Monday, August 9th - Sunday, September 5th
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Date: Monday, August 23rd - Sunday, September 19th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 
Date: Monday, August 23rd - Sunday, September 19th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, July 19th - Sunday, August 22nd
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Date: Monday, August 9th - Sunday, September 12th
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Date: Monday, August 23rd - Sunday, September 26th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, August 9th - Sunday, September 12th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, August 9th - Sunday, October 10th
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Date: Monday, August 30th - Sunday, October 31st
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Certificate in Irish Whiskey - 
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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Discover the wines of Germany, one bottle at a time!

Each month, in collaboration with Wines of Germany, we have presented a featured wine of the month that is available through the LCBO. IWEG students were invited to purchase the featured wine and practice their tasting skills for a chance to win a Wines of Germany prize package!

We have one more German wine to share with you this summer! Königschaffhauser Steingrüble Trocken Pinot Noir 2018 (LCBO #:460410) is sourced from a single-vineyard from the Baden region in Germany. Tell us what you think!

Wines of Germany thanks all participants in the challenge this year.

Purchase the Königschaffhauser Steingrüble Trocken Pinot Noir 2018.

Here’s how to participate:
1. Purchase Königschaffhauser Steingrüble Trocken Pinot Noir 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:
Facebook: @germanwinecanada and @IWEGDrinksAcademy
Instagram: @germanwinecanada and @iweg_canada
Twitter: @germanwineca and @IWEG_Canada
4.Send your photo, tasting note, copy of LCBO receipt and contact and mailing details by email to IWEG at

The name and submitted photo and tasting note of the winner will be published in the IWEG newsletter on July 15!

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.

How do women connect in a changing wine industry?

For the second year, Bâtonnage, the organization founded by and for women in the wine industry, took its annual forum online, branding itself Bâtonnage://Connect. While last year’s virtual gathering was a pandemic pivot, this year, organizers had time to assemble a series of conversations that reflected a changing industry—and women’s place in it. Read what several panelists, including IWEG instructor Carrie Rau had to say.

Académie du Vin Library: Discount for the IWEG community 

Académie du Vin Library is a new boutique publishing house founded by Steven Spurrier and Simon McMurtrie specializing in the very best in wine writing. Some of their books are undisputed classics – refreshed for today’s reader but without losing any of the charm, or wisdom, of a more innocent time. Their new titles are believed to be destined to become the classics of the future: easy to read, easy on the eye, and all with something new and important to say.

They have now published eight titles:

  • New VIKING IN THE VINEYARD - Stories from a Revolutionary Winemaker Peter Vinding-Diers Six decades of wine adventure: Peter's pioneering exploits from Stellenbosch to Sicily.
  • WINE TASTING The commemorative edition of Michael Broadbent’s classic guide that began it all.
  • 10 GREAT WINE FAMILIES – A Tour Through Europe Fiona Morrison MW’s up-close and personal insight into Europe’s most celebrated winemaking families.
  • IN VINO VERITAS – A Collection of Fine Wine Writing, Past and Present The quintessential browsing book for those who love wine.
  • SHERRY – Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificient! Ben Howkins’ full-colour extravaganza of this sun-drenched wine returns to our lives with a flourish.
  • CHATEAU MUSAR The Story of a Wine Icon Serge Hochar and the most famous wine to come out of Lebanon.
  • THE STORY OF WINE – From Noah to Now The new edition of Hugh Johnson’s captivating journey through wine history.
  • ON BORDEAUX – Tales of the Unexpected from the World’s Greatest Wine Region Triumphs, disasters, heroes and villains, and why these wines are the still the most talked-about.

Académie du Vin Library offers IWEG alumni, students and instructors a special saving of $5 USD on the retail price of the books (except ebooks and the new Classic Editions). Visit their online shop at and add the coupon code IWEG5 at the checkout page. 

Sign up for a GuildSomm membership

GuildSomm is an international non-profit organization that promotes education and community for wine professionals and aficionados. GuildSomm members have access to an enormous archive of wine study materials, an up-to-date Compendium of wine law (also available as an app), discussion forums to connect with other members worldwide, a job board, and much more. You can see a list of additional member benefits here.

We recommend GuildSomm to any of our students who want to continue their wine education and stay current on wine news. Students of IWEG are invited to register for a year of GuildSomm membership at a reduced rate of $79 USD, using the partner code IWEG79. All first-time GuildSomm members are eligible to sign up using this code. Sign up for a discounted Guildsomm membership.