Sake Lovers Unite! - IWEG News and Events Oct. 30, 2020

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There's Still Time to Be a Sake Traveller

Offers and contest on until October 31

The Sake Institute of Ontario (SIO), a not-for-profit trade organization and organizer of Kampai Toronto, the largest sake festival in Canada invites you to celebrate Japan’s national beverage throughout the month of October.
Here’s how you can participate in the SIO’s Sake Traveller event:
1. Order sake and food from any restaurant (dine-in or takeout).
2. Take a photo of the sake and food, post on social media while tagging the SIO @KampaiToronto (Twitter and Instagram) @sakeinstituteofonatrio (Facebook) and the restaurant.
3. Receive a virtual raffle ticket for every 3 posts you make (e.g. 6 posts = 2 raffle tickets).
Entries of sake from LCBO taken at home are eligible, simply tag only SIO when posting. Still we encourage you to consider supporting your local licensee with takeout where possible. 

Raffle tickets will automatically enter you for a chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to the next Kampai Toronto event! Multiple bonus prize sake bottles will be awarded as well throughout the month.

Discover Japan's National Beverage with Sake Samurai Michael Tremblay 

Learn more in just 2 Mondays via Zoom

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake s a beginner level introduction to sake for those starting a career in the industry or beginning to explore sake for personal interest.

You will learn: 

  • The basic principles of sake production
  • The main types and styles of sake
  • How to serve sake
  • Factors affecting the flavour of sake
  • How to describe sake using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake® (SAT)

The course will take place on Mondays, November 16th and 23rd @ 10AM - 1PM.

Optional sake tasting:

Metropolitan Wines and Sakes have arranged for a 6-bottle (300ml format) package of sakes at $105 + tax. These sakes will be used during the SAT tasting component of the course but are not mandatory for course completion. If interested, contact Vivian at Metropolitan Wines and Sake by email at to arrange payment and delivery within the GTA and Montreal. Sign up now!

Become an Italian Wine Scholar

From Toscana to Sicilia, and every Central and Southern wine region in between 

The Italian Wine Scholar program is an official 2-unit 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. 

Develop specialist knowledge of Toscana, Marche, Abruzzo, Umbria, Lazio, Molise, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Sardegna, Sicilia and Calabria.

Unit 2 takes place via Zoom this fall on Thursdays, November 5 - December 17th @ 6:30PM to 8PM. 

Sign up now!

IWEG Bursary Programs for BIPOC Students in Canada

One WSET Level 1 bursary is still available

This past summer, IWEG developed a bursary program for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) students in Canada for the academic year September 2020 to June 2021. 

Help us fill the remaining bursary for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, Spirits or Sake by spreading the word about the bursary program.

Give the Gift of Education

Personalized gift certificates available

Whether you are an early holiday shopper or need the perfect gift year round, we offer personalized gift certificates that can be redeemed towards any course or event offered at IWEG. Gift certificates are valid for both remote blended learning courses and online courses until the end of the academic year June 30, 2021. 

Please contact Anne Theunissen by email at to purchase a gift certificate.

Fall Courses

Mix of Remote and In-Person Delivery

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

Date: Mondays, November 16th and 23rd @ 10AM - 1PM
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines - Enrollment still open!

Date: Saturdays, October 17th - December 5th @ 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits - Enrollment still open!

Date: Monday, October 19th - November 23rd @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Register Now!

Spanish Wine Scholar - Enrollment still open!

Date: Thursdays, October 8th - November 26th @ 6:30PM to 8PM
Register Now!

Italian Wine Scholar: Unit 2

Date: Thursdays, November 5 - December 17th @ 6:30PM to 8PM
Register Now!

Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 

Date: Monday, November 23rd - Sunday, December 20th 
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 

Date: Monday, November 16th - Sunday, December 20th 
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, November 16th - Sunday, December 20th
Register Now!

All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format during the 2020-21 academic year.