New Year, New You: IWEG Monthly Newsletter Jan. 12, 2017

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2017 RESOLUTIONS FROM IWEG'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
Dear students and prospective students,

I am delighted to welcome you to the winter 2017 semester!

Our exceptional WSET Certified Educators and Wine Scholar Guild instructors continue to provide our students with an unparalleled wine, spirits and sake learning experience, ensuring that everyone has their best chance of success.  

IWEG is committed to our student-centered approach, which is why we offer scholarships, study-trips, winery and distillery tours, innovative new course and masterclasses, as well as proprietary support materials to help you succeed. This translates into higher pass rates across our course offerings. The WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits pass rates for the 2015-2016 academic year are a recent example of this commitment: I am pleased to report that IWEG continues to “punch above our weight”, compared to the global average pass rates.

In 2017 we will continue to strive to be Canada's premier student-focused institution for wine, spirits and sake education.

I invite you to contact the IWEG team at admin@iweg.org or 416-534-2570 to find out how we can help you achieve your professional goals and personal aspirations in wine, spirits and sake education.

We look forward to seeing you in class!

Sincerely,

Paul Cossart-Miles, DipWSET
Executive Director
WSET Certified Educator

CALIFORNIA WINE INSTITUTE PROUDLY PARTNERS WITH IWEG IN 2017/18
The Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG) and the California Wine Institute (Canada) are pleased to announce a two-year partnership agreement designed to bolster the education and appreciation of California wines among industry professionals.

Under the agreement, the California Wine Institute in Canada is the official sponsor of the brand new WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, specifically targeted at individuals pursuing a career in the wine industry.  A unique class on California AVA wines has been added to the course schedule, providing a focus and spotlight on California wines and a top-performing student in WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits in each of the academic years 2017-2018 will receive a Study Scholarship from the California Wine Institute in Canada for WSET Level 3 Award in Wines at IWEG.

Additionally, two stand alone, California wine Master Classes will be hosted at IWEG in each year of the agreement, in April and October, to showcase sustainable winegrowing with the richness and diversity of styles of premium California wines.
 
"We are delighted to support wine education activities with IWEG. The aim of the California Wine Institute in Canada is to continuously enhance the image and sale of Californian wines, to both consumers and trade professionals.  IWEG is a valuable and prestigious educational partner that will help us to achieve these goals in Ontario. It’s a natural partnership and one that will continue to make California wines top of mind,” said Rick Slomka, Canadian Director, Wine Institute of California.

"The California Wine Institute in Canada is a valuable partner for IWEG, enabling us not only to enhance the student learning experience, but also to provide unique ways to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals,” said Paul Miles, Executive Director of IWEG.

UPCOMING COURSES 

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines + so much more
Date: Monday, February 27th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake - NEW!
Date: Saturday, February 25th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - just 3 days!
Date: Saturdays, March 4th, 11th and 25th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 
Date: Mondays, March 20th - May 29th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - NEW!
Date: Mondays, March 20th - May 15th @ 10:30AM - 4:00PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

French Wine Scholar - Updated curriculum!
Date: Wednesdays, February 15th - May 10th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Ontario's Brave New Wines - Drink local!
Date: Saturdays, February 25th - March 25th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT IWEG

IWEG is Canada’s premier student-focused institution for wine, spirits and sake education and we are committed to partnering with our students to help them achieve their professional goals and personal aspirations. As part of this ongoing commitment we are pleased to offer the following scholarship opportunities for IWEG students:

Drinks Ontario Scholarships
1) Jack Ackroyd Memorial Scholarship Award: the top scoring IWEG student in WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits will receive a scholarship prize from a Drinks Ontario sponsor.

2) Jack Ackroyd Memorial Scholarship Award: the top scoring IWEG student in WSET Level 3 Award in Wines receives a scholarship prize from a Drinks Ontario sponsor.

3) David A. Churchill Memorial Scholarship Award: the top scoring IWEG student in the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits "Unit 1: The Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages" receives a scholarship prize from a Drinks Ontario sponsor.

4) Brian Kirkwood Memorial Scholarship Award: the top scoring IWEG graduate from the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits receives a scholarship prize from a Drinks Ontario sponsor.

Italian Trade Commission Scholarship 
1) The top performing student in the new Italian Wine Scholar receives a study trip scholarship from the Italian Trade Commission in Canada to a consorzio (specific wine region) in Italy.

Wines of Germany Scholarships
1) The top performing IWEG student in WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits receives a study scholarship from Wines of Germany to continue studying with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2017.

2) The top performing IWEG student in the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits "Unit 3: Light Wines of the World" receives a study trip scholarship from Wines of Germany to a featured German wine region.

California Wine Institute Scholarship
1) The top performing IWEG student in WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits receives a study scholarship from California Wine Institute to continue studying with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2017 and 2018.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

For more information about IWEG's scholarship opportunities, please contact us at info@iweg.org or 416-534-2570.

IWEG SIGNATURE SERIES: SINGLE MALT WHISKY - CONTRIBUTION OF THE CASK 
IWEG is pleased to present Marc Laverdiere and Nicolas Villalon,Macallan and Highland Park Ambassadors to moderate this seminar on single malt whisky. Perfect for the whisky lover wanting to learn more about the nuances of single malts or for those looking for an introduction, this evening is a one of a kind opportunity to gain insight and knowledge to this intriguing genre of spirits.

Whiskies to be tasted include:
The Macallan New Make Spirit
The Macallan Cask Strength
The Macallan Gold
The Macallan Amber
The Macallan Rare Cask
The Macallan 12 Year Old Double Cask

Slàinte mhath!

Single Malt Whisky - Contribution of the Cask
Date: Thursday, January 19th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

ONTARIO'S BRAVE NEW WINES
Ontario's Brave New Wines course is now into its third 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, endorsed by the Wine Council of Ontario and candidates successful in passing the final exam will hold a recognized Certificate as an Ontario Wine Specialist.

Also new for the 2017 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 Marketing Association 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.

Course Schedule:

Day 1: February 25th

An introduction to the appellations and sub-appellations within Ontario, and the importance of location, topography, weather, climate and soil within each appellation. Participating wineries:

Henry of Pelham (Short Hills Bench)
The Grange of Prince Edward County (Prince Edward County)
TBA (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Day 2: March 4

Which wine should I choose? Discover the four fundamental classifications of wine styles; table, sparkling, dessert and fortified.

Learn about the major grape varieties of Ontario and their common characteristics. Participating wineries:

Norman Hardie Winery & Vineyard (Prince Edward County)
Hinterland Wine Company (Prince Edward County)
TBA
Southbrook Vineyards (Four Mile Creek)

Day 3: MAR 11

Learn about the basic components of wine.

Explore and discover wine and food matching principles through an interactive wine and food component tasting. Participating wineries:

Redstone Winery (Lincoln Lakeshore)
Two Sisters Vineyards (Niagara River)
Vineland Estates Winery (Niagara Escarpment)

Write the final ‘The Wine Appellations of Ontario’ test to become  Ontario Wine Certified.

Day 4: MAR 25

Tour three wineries in Niagara; taste VQA wines; tour wine cellars, barrel rooms, vineyards, and sparkling wine cellars. Students will take a guided tour and tasting at the following wineries:

Trius Winery (Four Mile Creek)
Château des Charmes (St. David's Bench)
Stratus Vineyards (Niagara Lakeshore)

Ontario's Brave New Wines 
Date: Saturdays, February 25th - March 25th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR
The French Wine Scholar programme is an official certification course of study designed by the Wine Scholar Guild to provide current, accurate information on all of the wine regions of Franceand validate proficiency in the Wines of France. The program has an updated curriculum including a new study manual.  

The French Wine Scholar programme are endorsed by Wines of France/French National Wine Office, and the courses are designed to give you the most complete and current understanding of France's fine wines, through visual presentation, and of course tasting a wide range of French wines! 

French Wine Scholar
Date: Wednesdays, February 15th - May 10th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
2016 -17 SIGNATURE SERIES
Continue your education, develop your tasting skills, and network in the industry at our upcoming Signature Series events!

“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

January 19th: Single Malt Whisky - Contribution of the Cask
IWEG is pleased to present Marc Laverdiere, The Macallan and Highland Park Emeritus Ambassador and Keeper of the Quaich, to moderate this seminar on single malt whisky. Perfect for the whisky lover wanting to learn more about the nuances of single malts or for those looking for an introduction, this evening will present a one of a kind opportunity to gain insight and knowledge to this intriguing genre of spirits. Slàinte mhath!

February 16th: Best of the Rest: Beyond Riesling with the VDP
Wines of Germany
 invites you to discover the other great, and often overshadowed, grape varietals of Germany.  This tasting will be led by Eugene Mlyncyzk (MW) and Ulrike Lenhardt, a winemaker from the Baden region and a representative of the German Wine Institute. Together they will showcase fine examples of Dornfelder, Pinot Noir, and other varietals from quality VDP producers. This is an opportunity not to be missed! 

March 23rd: From Bari to Trapani: A Southern Italian Wine Odyssey
The Italian Trade Commission wants to take you on an adventure through the historically rich regions and wines of Southern Italy, a region that has been producing wine for over 4,000 years. Peter Wearing Dip WSET will help you discover the likes of Taurasi and Greco di Tufo from Campania, Negroamaro and Primitivo from Puglia, and Nero d'Avola from Sicily. The wines of Southern Italy continue to offer quality and affordability, so be sure to register as we may be uncorking one of your new favourite go-to wines.     

April 4th: Cool Climate California Chardonnay
The California Wine Institute invites you to focused tasting of Cool Climate California Chardonnay. The seminar will be lead by award-winning author, speaker, consultant, and television host Leslie Sbrocco. Leslie is known for her entertaining and educational approach to wine. Voted as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the American wine business, Leslie's engaging personality, deep wine knowledge and unique ability to connect with readers and viewers are her trademarks.

Dates and times are subject to change.

INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR 
Christopher Freeland is selected as the IWEG instructor of the year.  As an IWEG instructor, Chris enthusiastically collaborates and communicates with his fellow instructors, participates in ongoing professional development, develops creative learning material and uses diverse instructional approaches . He fulfills his teaching commitments and receives very positive feedback from students. Congratulations Chris! 

Chris continues to teach WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2017. 

TONY ASPLER BLIND TASTING AWARD WINNER 
Congratulations to our WSET Diploma Coordinator Eugene Mlynczyk MW for winning the 18th annual Tony Aspler Blind Tasting Award competition! This is Eugene's third win. 

STUDENT CORNER

January Social Media Contest Winner
Congratulations to WSET Level 4 Diploma student Melissa Pulvermacher for winning this month's social media contest! Here is Melissa's wining post from her WSET Level 4 Diploma class this month. 

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
Hashtag: #iweg

INDUSTRY NEWS AND EVENTS

News
Speyside distilled: Brush up on the three Ws — whisky, wool and walking — in Scotland - National Post (01/06/17)
The best wines to drink In 2017 - Forbes (12/29/16)
It's a fruitful winter for Ontario icewine - CBC (12/23/16)

Events 

Thursday, January 19th @ IWEG Drinks AcademySingle Malt Whisky - Contributions of the Cask at 7PM. $95. IWEG is pleased to present Marc Laverdiere and Nicolas Villalon, Macallan and Highland Park Ambassadors to moderate this seminar on single malt whisky. Perfect for the whisky lover wanting to learn more about the nuances of single maltsor for those looking for an introduction, this evening will present a one of a kind opportunity to gain insight and knowledge to this intriguing genre of spirits.

Wednesday, February 1st @ Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic CentreThe New Australia at 6:30PM. $95. It’s time to rethink what you know (or think you know) about Australian wine. Turn your notion of the wine scene Down Under upside down as you taste more than 70 wines from far-flung regions across the continent – including new finds available here for the first time – at the first-ever Vintages event in the refurbished Maple Leaf Gardens.

Saturday, February 11th @ IWEG Drinks AcademyBasics 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. This class will help you gain confidence selecting wine-friendly cheeses and cheese-friendly wines. Great Valentine's Day gift! 

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