Rosé all day - IWEG News Apr. 29, 2021

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How to stay motivated 

While Rebecca Richardson is looking forward to the return of in-person tastings, she continues her wine studies at home, most recently with the Wine Scholar Guild courses. We asked her to share how she stays motivated:

The Wine Scholar Guild courses are challenging, then add the uncertainty of a global pandemic! But they have helped me stay motivated throughout this last year. Always remember you can do anything you put your mind to, especially if it's a passion of yours. Simply, and I use that term lightly, organize your time, set deadlines to hold yourself accountable, find the best study methods for you (whether being note taking, reading and rereading, tracing and using maps, relistening to classes etc.), and study a bit each day to avoid cramming last minute. Believe me, when you see all your hard work pay off the countless hours and sleepless nights are totally worth it.

WSET celebrates milestone ten thousand sake students

WSET is proud to announce that over ten thousand students across the globe have now taken one of its sake qualifications. This is a huge milestone given sake’s niche position in the global drinks market with its influence outside Japan traditionally limited due to geographical and linguistic barriers.

Antony Moss MW DipWSET, WSET Qualifications Director, began developing WSET’s sake qualifications in 2013 with the help of sake expert Natsuki Kikuya (pictured above) and with support from the National Research Institute of Brewing in Hiroshima. The WSET Level 3 Award in Sake was launched in August 2014 with the first educators trained in Japan and the US. Both Antony Moss and Natsuki, have now been inaugurated by the Japanese sake industry with the prestigious title of ‘Sake Samurai’ for their contribution to the industry. Learn more about the rise of sake education

Discover the wines of Germany, one bottle at a time!

Each month, in collaboration with Wines of Germany, we will present a featured wine of the month that is available through the LCBO. Purchase the featured wine and practice your tasting skills for a chance to win a Wines of Germany prize package!

The April wine is the Kendermanns Organic Trocken Rosé 2019 (LCBO#:17752), a Rheinhessen rosé made from organic grapes by leading German wine brand Reh Kendermann. Share your tasting note with us!
Purchase the Kendermanns Organic Trocken Rosé 2019.

Here’s how to participate:
1. Purchase Kendermanns Organic Trocken Rosé 2019 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 by May 13.

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.

Learn all about spirits and cocktails with expert bartender Christina Veira 

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits is a beginner to intermediate level spirits course for enthusiasts or those working in the industry, or hoping to enter the industry. There are no prerequisites.

This course 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 about cocktail equipment, ingredients, basic techniques and main cocktail families
The course will be a blended learning format of five 2-hour online synchronous sessions (live and recorded) on the Zoom platform. *Upon confirmation of registration, students will receive details from Christina about how to receive a selection of spirit samples (included in tuition fee) for guided online tasting using the SAT during the online sessions.  

The course will take place on Mondays, May 10th - June 14th (no class on May 24th) @ 11am - 1pm and is taught by Christina Veira.

Sign up now!

Spring 2021 Courses

Blended Learning

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines - starting soon!
Date: Tuesdays, May 25th - July 13th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Date: Saturdays, July 3rd - August 21st @ 10:30am - 12:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits - starting soon!
Date: Mondays, May 10th - June 22nd @ 11am -1pm
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - starting soon!
Date: Tuesdays, May 18th - August 24th @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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Spanish Wine Scholar
Date: Thursdays, September 23rd - November 25th @ 6:30pm - 8pm
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Online Learning
IWEG offers online WSET courses through WSET’s Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. A minimum number of hours of study per week is recommended (which varies depending on the course) to successfully complete each course and regular participation is essential.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, May 17th - Sunday, June 6th
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Date: Monday, May 31st - Sunday, June 27th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 
Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, July 4th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Monday, June 28th - Sunday, July 25th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, May 10th - Sunday, June 13th
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Date: Monday, May 24th - Sunday, June 27th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, May 10th - Sunday, June 6th
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Date: Monday, June 21st - Sunday, August 1st
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, May 17th - Sunday, July 31st
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Date: Monday, June 28th - Sunday, August 29th
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Date: Monday, July 12th - Sunday, September 12th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, August 8th
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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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Global comparative Cabernet Sauvignon tasting

The first of our Australian Wine's ‘CONNECT Conversations’ will be a virtual tasting and discussion on May 12th that puts Australia’s regional expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon into a global context. This comparative tasting and discussion will include guests from the US, Canada, the UK and Germany, while the expert panellists - Mary Gorman-McAdams MW, John Szabo MS and Oz Clarke OBE – also span multiple time zones. You'll discuss some of the key Cabernet producing regions and most revered producers, and how they fit in a global fine wine context with international comparisons. Register for this very informative and entertaining webinar.

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.