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AUSTRIAN WINE PROUD TO PARTNER WITH IWEG IN 2018-2019

Master Classes provide opportunities to spread the knowledge of the uniqueness and specialness of the winemaking regions of Austria 

 

The Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG) and Austrian Wine are pleased to announce a two-year partnership agreement to increase the understanding and enjoyment of Austrian wines among industry professionals in Ontario.

Under the term of the agreement, two exclusive Master Classes will be presented at IWEG, showcasing why Austrian Wine is one of the most interesting phenomenon happening in the world right now, with specialty wines found on every good wine list, appreciated by wine experts and highly acclaimed by journalists.

"We are delighted to support wine education activities with IWEG. Austrian Wine’s mandate is to promote the export of bottled quality Austrian wine in key international markets. IWEG is a valuable and prestigious educational partner that will help us to achieve these goals in Ontario,” said Barbara Waxenegger, Head of Department Markets West for the Austrian Wine Marketing Board.

"Austrian Wine is a beneficial partner for IWEG, helping us not only to heighten the student learning experience, but also to provide new ways to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals,” said Paul Miles, Executive Director of IWEG.

Austrian Wine

The Austrian Wine Marketing Board (Österreich Wein Marketing GmbH) is based in Vienna, and is a national service body for the Austrian wine industry. The organization was founded in 1986 with the aim to strategically support, coordinate and maintain quality and sales. Its main goal for the domestic market is to strive for an increased market share of Quality Wine, along with the export of bottled quality wine, with particular focus on the continued increase in value.

For more information on Austrian Wine, visit the website at www.austrianwine.com

UPCOMING COURSES 
WSET Level 1 Award in Wine
Date: Saturday, January 20th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, February 5th & 12th @ 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
Date: Wednesdays, Jan 17th - April 4th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Tuesdays, Jan 16th - May 15th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Italian Wine Scholar: Northern 
Date: Thursdays, Jan 25th - April 12th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

French Wine Scholar 
Date: Wednesdays, Feb 21st - May 9th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

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

CAPS @ IWEG Workshop Series: Aroma Seminar II
Date: Thursday, Jan 25th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Basics of Cheese and Wine
Date: Saturday, Feb 10th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Game of Rhones 
Date: Thursday, Feb 15th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Bourgogne Terroir
Date: Thursday, March 8 @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: KAREN LAVIGNE
Are you keen to learn more about pairing wine and food? Or, are you considering embarking on a career in the beverage industry or hospitality sector? IWEG offers accredited wine, spirits and sake courses that are engaging and informative.

The WSET Level 1 Award in Wines course and the more extensive WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits are fundamental for anyone seeking internationally recognized certification, whether for work or pleasure. 

Karen LaVigne is one of IWEG’s team of WSET Certified Instructors, and the Lead Instructor of WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, an interactive and comprehensive introduction to wine and food pairing concepts. Karen is an accessible and energetic instructor who guides students through the fundamentals of wine making, wine tasting, major grape varieties and wine styles. She collaborates with Chef Carrie Rau to present a curated flight of wines and prepared dishes through which students explore the do’s and don’ts of wine and food pairing.

How did you get involved in the wine and food industry?

Growing up I was exposed to an array of wonderful wines and foods from various cultures through my family and friends.  On my vacations I would actively seek out new cuisines and cultures and was very involved in eco- and agri-tourism long before it became a trend.   After a successful career in the private and public sector, I pursued my passion for quality wines, spirits and specialty foods through certified sommelier courses and by completing all the levels of WSET courses up to and including the Level 4 Diploma.

I was an early ambassador for the Ontario wine industry and also represented premium imported products. I have worked in the wine industry and hospitality sector in various capacities for almost 20 years.  I’ve worked in wine production, retail sales and marketing for our local wine industry and for premium imported wines and products. I’ve developed wine lists for restaurants, managed private clients’ cellars and conducted themed wine and food events for corporations and for groups of individuals who simply wanted to learn more about a specific country or style of wine.  I truly enjoy the sense of discovery shared with people who are open to trying new foods and wines or new combinations of old “favourites”.


You are a WSET Certified Instructor - how do you maintain your knowledge base?

As a Certified Instructor for the WSET, I have been teaching at IWEG for over 10 years.  I have also been a hospitality program instructor for several local colleges.  I really love teaching and I am an equally enthusiastic student and committed to lifelong learning.  Having worked so many years in the wine industry I was fortunate to forge many friendships with colleagues in various countries.  Every few years I make a point of travelling to a different wine region to work in the vineyard or in wine production to gain new insight and experience in the wine industry.

Over the years I continued to take various courses to enhance and update my knowledge base.  I have taken several French Wine Scholar courses and I just recently completed the Italian Wine Scholar program offered at IWEG.  The course was incredibly informative and intensive and I enjoyed learning more about the many rare and indigenous grapes of Italy.  Now I am truly keen to plan an educational trip to Italy!


What can we expect to learn in the WSET Foundation course or the WSET Level 2 program?

The course is offered in a small group format and is informative and interactive. We present at least 10 different wines and you will have an opportunity to sample the main types and styles of wines. Chef Carrie and I have enhanced the learning by selecting a range of food and wine pairings to sample.  You will learn how to objectively describe and assess the wines through the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT).  This is the foundation to objectively assess wines which becomes progressively more detailed in the more intensive programs like WSET Level 3 and the WSET Level 4 Diploma.  At the end of the day the students write a short exam and, if successful, they will gain a WSET Certificate and lapel pin.

The WSET Level 2 program is offered in a condensed format (for instance 3 consecutive Saturdays) or over a weekly schedule.  Students will explore more grape varieties and key wine-growing regions. You learn more about specific vineyard and winery factors that influence wine styles and you will expand your knowledge on still and sparkling wines, fortified wines, spirits, and liqueurs.  You will use the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting (SAT) to compile tasting notes on all the wines sampled. At the end of the program, the students will write a short exam.

IWEG was recently recognized as having one of the highest pass rates for their programs.  It is indeed a testament of teaching and guidance by the instructors with the support from IWEG and WSET administration and, of course, the efforts of the students to succeed.  This is quite an achievement to celebrate. 


Any quick tips on wine and food pairing?

While wine and food preferences are subjective, there are principal concepts to wine and food pairing and the students have an opportunity to experience this in class.  It is definitely fun and dynamic!  Some people shy away from high acid wines because they do not enjoy the taste of sour things.  However, that high acid wine is superb paired with lightly fried foods or a dish that has an acid element:  think of an unoaked Sauvignon Blanc with a fresh and zesty seafood ceviche or fried calamari and a squeeze of citrus or fresh greens and crumbled goat’s cheese/chevre. 

Ultimately it is your palate (and your pocketbook!) that dictates which food goes best with which wine.  Drink the wine you like and can afford with the food(s) you like.  However, there are certain combinations of wine and food that enhance the pairing and some combinations that are definitely detrimental to the wine.  In a poor food and wine pairing, the wine will always suffer.

My advice: don’t be afraid to play with your food / wine!  Wine should be considered as one of the elements of the whole meal.

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 Wines
Date: Saturday, January 20th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS
WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits is a beginner level spirits course for those starting a career in the industry or beginning to explore spirits for personal interest.

Prerequisite: None

This 6-hour, two-evening course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits, liqueurs and cocktails. You will:
  • Explore the main types and styles of spirits through sight, smell, and taste
  • Learn how to describe spirits accurately using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)
  • Develop an understanding of the main steps of spirits production
  • Enjoy an extended exploration of cocktails, lead by local cocktail experts, Victoria Walsh and Scott McCallum
Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

The course includes:
  • WSET Level Award in Spirits Workbook
  • Tutored tasting of 9 benchmark spirits, and 2 cocktails
  • Hands-on group activities
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam
  • Special cocktail session with Victoria Walsh and Scott McCallum
WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, February 5th & 12th @ 6:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

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.
 
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
The top performing IWEG students in this course will receive study scholarships from the California Wine Institute and Wines of Germany to continue studying 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
Date: Wednesdays, Jan 17th - April 4th @ 7PM
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: Tuesdays, Jan 16th - May 15th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR
Italian Wine Scholar is an extensive 2-unit specialist certification focused on the diverse wines and wine regions of Italy. The Italian 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 Northern, Central and Southern Italy, and to validate proficiency in the wines and wine regions of the country. Unit 1 covers Northern Italy, and Unit 2 covers Central and Southern Italy. 

The units of study can be taken in any order.

Prerequisite: None. However, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is strongly recommended, and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is preferred. Expect to spend from 25 to 50 hours of preparation and review over the duration of each Unit outside of classroom hours.

Each 18-hour Unit provides detailed coverage of Italian wines, as well as an introduction to Italian history, geography, viticulture and winemaking. You will:
  • Develop specialist knowledge of the DOC and DOCG wines of 21 Italian regions
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Italian 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
  • Each Unit culminates in a 100-question multiple-choice exam. Students achieving a composite score of at least 75% for both exams will receive the IWS credential, certificate and lapel pin.
Each unit of the course includes:
  • Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) Study Manual and workbook
  • A full-year access to all IWS online resources (slides, videos, interactive quizzes, webinars, pronunciation exercises etc.)
  • Exam registration fee
  • Tutored tasting of over 40 wines per Unit
  • 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 WSG educators, Nancy Reynolds and  Rose-Anne St. Jean
Italian Wine Scholar: Northern 
Date: Thursdays, Jan 25th - April 12th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

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 21st - May 9th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

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 or Claude) – 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 Jenke) – 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!

CAPS @ IWEG WORKSHOP SERIES 
The new CAPS @ IWEG Workshops are an exciting forum to encourage camaraderie, ongoing professional development, and networking for wine industry professionals.  A variety of workshops will provide the opportunity to continually develop the knowledge, service, and management skills required by Canadian Sommeliers.  

From the Fragrant to the Foul: Nn Introduction to Aroma Inquiry  

While smell is often associated with memory and emotion, psychology and popular neuroscience won’t teach you to discriminate honeysuckle from hay, much less how to get them in front of your nose. Like wine, any given aroma source is shaped by complex environmental, temporal, material and sociocultural forces that contribute to valued (or unwanted) sensory properties, characteristics and qualities that can help you tell them apart. Drawing on varied perspectives, methods and cultural practices of smell and aroma, this ‘materials-centric' workshop takes an experiential, 'multimodal' and hands-on approach to document, represent and communicate aroma as a form of learning inquiry beyond the ‘gridlocked’ rote memorization of descriptors. In addition to a tasting component, this workshop will introduce you to a variety of fine, uncommon and rare aroma resources, concluding with a ‘how to’ create your own 'DIY aroma library.'

Dr. Melanie McBride is a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Education at York University and founder of the ‘Aroma Inquiry Lab’ at Ryerson University’s Responsive Ecologies lab. Melanie's research investigates the ‘hidden curricula’ of aroma culture with a focus on learning inquiry and DIY making practices with aroma materials. She has undertaken site-specific research of aroma-rich sites in Canada and France to explore the use of raw, living and processed aroma materials in various learning contexts. Her research contributes to providing more ‘ecologically’ situated and creative approaches to learning, communicating and making with aroma 'from the nose down.' For a more detailed overview of Melanie’s academic work and educational background please visit her website: melaniemcbride.net 

CAPS @ IWEG Workshop Series: Aroma Seminar II
Date: Thursday, Jan 25th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

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

January Social Media Contest Winner
Congratulations to Megan Pekilis for winning this month's social media contest! Here is Heather's winning post from her studies in WSET Level 3 Award in Wines.

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
How the Star’s wine critic helps readers find that perfect bottle - Toronto Star (12/29/2017)
Is corked wine dangerous? - The Globe and Mail (12/20/2017)
Karl Kaiser, 76, was the grandfather of Canadian winemaking - The Globe and Mail (12/08/2017)

Events
Thursday, Jan 25th @ 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!


Saturday, Feb 10th @ IWEG Drinks Academy: Basics of Cheese and Wine at 7PM. $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!

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