More Than a Hobby - IWEG News Aug. 05, 2021

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More than a hobby

Calvin is a recent WSET Level 2 Award in Wines student at IWEG. Learn why this wine enthusiast signed up for the course:

I have always had a keen interest in wine and took the WSET Level 2 to learn about various grapes and regions, more generally broaden my palate and maybe in the future do something related that is more than a hobby. Having an exam component was excellent as it helped focus my learning, particularly in new areas and also made reading wine labels going forward a lot more interesting. Doing practice quizzes was really crucial for the exam as well as the weekly reading. More importantly I enjoyed the course a lot (even though it was virtual) and would love to do another level and perhaps pursue something related to the wine industry in the future.

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.

An 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, 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, August 23rd - Sunday, September 26th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
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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Job opportunity: Boutique Manager with Boires

Boires is looking to hire a Boutique Manager. 

Boires is a wine agency based in Ontario and Quebec. We distributes wines from small artisan producers and as of September 2021, we will be opening two new retail locations, one in Toronto and one in Quebec City. We are looking for a candidate to manage the retail location in Toronto. The location will operate as a retail store, tasting room and office. The position will combine several responsibilities of the profession of an agency and management of a wine shop. Responsibilities will evolve and offre a variety of learning opportunities. The work will be done in close collaboration with two representatives based in Ontario, who will use the premise as an office, in preparation for their visits and meetings with clients. 
The Boutique Manager will have to coordinate activities for the boutique, will manage operations during store hours, will take care of the inventory and will manage facing and product presentations. The manager will also prepare and distribute web orders, will host and animate wine tastings upon appointment, be in support of the sales representatives and welcome licensee clients. 
This opportunity offers a full-time position, competitive annual salary and insurance benefits.
If you are quick on your feet and want to grow professionally in a creative and young agency, reach out to us at

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.

AcadeĢmie 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.