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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 

Learn fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills

Our WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits taught by WSET Certified Spirits Educator Christina Veira will back this fall in a blended learning format:

  • Five 2-hour synchronous online sessions (live and recorded) on the Zoom platform on Monday, October 19th - November 23rd @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM
  • In-class tasting and exam preparation workshops at IWEG on Monday, November 9th and 30th @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM
  • Remote invigilation exam in December

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 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 hands-on about cocktail equipment, ingredients, basic techniques and main cocktail families

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Spanish Wine Scholar

A regional approach to all the Spanish wine appellations and the factors that shape their identities

The Spanish Wine Scholar provides current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of Spain. Developed and administered by the Wine Scholar Guild (WSG), the course is aimed at advanced students of wine whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. The course will taught by IWEG's Spanish wine specialists and WSG approved instructors Kim Berdusco DipWSET and Caitlin Ferguson DipWSET.

The Spanish Wine Scholar provides detailed coverage of Spanish wine regions, as well as an introduction to Spanish history, geography, viticulture and winemaking. You will:

  • Develop specialist knowledge of the DO / DOCa regions in seven sessions involving: Green Spain; The Duero River Valley; La Rioja; The Ebro River Valley / Central Mediterranean Coast; Cataluña; La Meseta / Islands and Andalucia
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Spanish wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Taste a curated range of Spanish wines specially prepared for this course by IWEG WSG authorized instructors

The fall courses comprises of seven interactive theory classes delivered remotely via the video conferencing platform Zoom on Thursdays, October 1st to November 12th from 6:30PM - 8PM. An in-person experiential tasting workshop will take place at IWEG on Thursday, November 19th from 6:30PM - 8:30PM followed by an in-person exam on Thursday, November 26. 

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WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines 

Online program starts in October

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 ManagerWine Buyer or Sales Executive.

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

This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the online WSET Diploma program will begin in October and a condensed in-class WSET Diploma program is planned for January. 

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 krystenne@iweg.org


Fall Courses

Mix of Remote and In-Person Delivery

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines


Date: Tuesdays, September 15th - November 3rd @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, October 19th - November 23rd @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Date: Wednesdays, September 2nd - December 2nd @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM
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Date: Tuesdays, September 8th - December 8th @ 10AM - 12PM
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WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

Date: Mondays, November 2nd - 23rd @ 10:30AM - 1:30PM
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Date: Tuesdays, September 8th - December 8th @ 10AM - 12PM
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Spanish Wine Scholar 

Date: Thursdays, October 1st - November 19th @ 6:30PM to 8PM
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Italian Wine Scholar: Unit 2

Date: Thursdays, November 5 - December 17th @ 6:30PM to 8PM
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Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines


Date: Monday, September 7th - Sunday, October 4th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, September 7th - Sunday, October 4th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

Date: Monday, September 7th - Sunday, October 4th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, September 7th - Sunday, October 11th
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Date: Monday, September 28th - Sunday, November 1st
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, September 28th - Sunday, November 1st
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, September 14th - Sunday, November 15th
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format during the 2020-21 academic year.