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INSTITUTE OF MASTERS OF WINE AT IWEG
The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is presenting an introduction to the IMW and the Masters of Wine (MW) study program in Toronto on Monday, April 16th at 5PM.

Master of Wine is the most prestigious title in the world of wine, so come along to understand the appeal of joining one of the world’s most important wine communities. The session will provide in-depth information about the MW study program including entrance requirements, program structure and fees, as well as an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the program and its requirements from Masters of Wine Eugene Mlynczyk MW and Igor Ryjenkov MW and Penny Richards, the Institute's Executive Director.

Institute of Master of Wine at IWEG
Date: Monday, April 16th @ 5PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

UPCOMING COURSES 
WSET Level 1 Award in Wine
Date: Saturday, April 7th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, April 7th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, April 9th and 16th @ 6:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - CLASS STARTS SOON
Date: Saturdays, March 3rd, 10th and 24th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
 - @ WINE ACADEMY
Date: Tuesdays, March 20th - April 24th @ 6:30PM
Location: Wine Academy, 67 Richmond St. West, B101
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - CLASS STARTS SOON
Date: Mondays, March 5th - May 14th @ 10:30AM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, April 14th and 15th, and 21st and 22nd @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Italian Wine Scholar: Central and Southern
Date: Tuesdays, April 10th - June 19th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

French Wine Scholar 
Date: Wednesdays, Feb 14th - May 16th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Bourgogne Terroir: Meursault and its satellites
Date: Tuesday, March 20th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Germany: Red, White and Bubbly!
Date: Wednesday, April 11th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Wines For All Occasions: Exploring the Wines of the Loire Valley
Date: Thursday, April 19th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Napa Valley: Small Place, Big Reputation
Date: Thursday, May 10th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Congratulations to Aleksandar Simic, recipient of the Italian Wine Scholar study trip scholarship from the Italian Trade Commission in Canada to a consorzio (specific wine region) in Italy!

The Italian Wine Scholar is an Italian wine course designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization study program on Italian wine bar none!

Our Italian Wine Scholar instructors Nancy Reynolds and Rose-Anne St. Jean are ranked globally in the top 3 for academic achievement with the Wine Scholar Guild. (Number 1 is IWEG WSET Diploma alumnus Donald McEachern!) 

Italian Wine Scholar: Central & Southern
Date: Tuesdays, April 10th - June 5th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

IWEG INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: VICTORIA WALSH AND SCOTT MCCALLUM
Victoria Walsh is a freelance food writer, recipe developer and stylist. Scott McCallum is a cocktail recipe developer and bartender-for-hire. They are authors of A Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails by Appetite(Random House)a project which let them taste and test the best of Canada’s cocktails and spirited ingredients. They are also instructors of beginner level spirits course WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits at IWEG. They develop cocktails for private brands and events and have contributed to various publications such as Canadian LivingFlareLCBO and Canadian Wildlife. Victoria’s work has also been featured in Food & DrinkThe Globe and Mail,ChatelaineToronto LifeToday’s ParentHannibal, and many more. Find out more atcanadiancocktail.ca and victoriawalsh.ca. We asked them to tell us why they love spirits and cocktails so much. 

What drew you to the world of spirits and cocktails?

Gardening! Victoria’s career as a food writer and stylist kept our lives revolving around food and drink and that coupled with our container gardening really got us experimenting creatively with cocktails. We started playing around with herbs, fruits and vegetables in everything from soups to soaps. It was only natural that our try-anything-and-use-everything approach to cooking would broaden into a passion for making garden-fresh cocktails too. We started by working our way through several cocktail books, expanding our bar and broadening our knowledge of cocktail recipes and culture. 

How is the experience of drinking a cocktail different to wine, beer or sake? 

The flavour profiles of wine, beer and sake are pre-determined. Aside from tracking down the bottles and spending the money, there’s little personal ownership involved in serving and drinking them. The beauty of cocktails is the opportunity to enjoy the flavour profiles carefully created in the moment. As with cooking, there’s something very fun about being able to taste and adjust to your liking to make the perfect drink.

What are the main factors to consider in the sensory and aesthetic experience of drinking a cocktail? 

There are many factors but the most basic ones are: 
•    A beautiful presentation makes a great first impression. 
•    The right glassware makes a big difference.
•    Garnishes are one of the first ways to wow somebody. We feel it’s important to make sure those fit the drink and aren’t just random additions. That can mean that the garnish embodies a flavour or aroma reflective of the cocktail’s profile or that they work to add complexity or balance. 
•    An excellent cocktail allows each of the ingredients to shine through while not overwhelming the others. 

What does the future of cocktails look like?

The cocktail revival doesn’t seem to be slowing down. There is a lot of interest in the classics and they are becoming household names. But there are lots of specific trends too, of course. Some have a longer shelf life than others. For instance, as cocktails are commonly the drink of choice these days there is a movement towards lower-alcohol cocktails, so you’re not knocked out after one or two drinks. Quality and freshness have become really important so there is a movement towards fresh ingredients to make stellar drinks. And savoury cocktails are beginning take centre-stage as palates broaden and people look beyond the traditional cocktail ingredients.

What is your cocktail of choice right now, and why?

We’ve really been leaning towards simple aperitifs lately. Our love affair with vermouth has lasted a long time; it’s a staple and a couple of options (whether store-bought or homemade) can always be found in our fridge. So, we often stir up an Americano, spritz, or Negroni before dinner. The Martinez also makes a regular appearance in our household. We also love the challenge of playing with boldly flavoured amaros and digestif liqueurs. 
 
WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, April 9th and 16th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits - @ WINE ACADEMY
Date: Tuesdays, May 1st and May 8th, 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: Wine Academy, 67 Richmond St. West, B101
Register Now!

IWEG SIGNATURE SERIES
“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
 
The Signature Series bring you innovative seminars throughout the academic year that highlight current and relevant subject matter with a unique educational edge. Designed to engage our alumni, students and consumers these seminars are an excellent platform to continue learning, develop tasting skills and to network with fellow industry.

Bourgogne Terroir - Meursault and its satellites
Supported by the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB), Master of Wine Eugene Mlynczyk will guide you on a tour of Bourgogne'spremium villages, a chance to explore the terroir and winery influences the wine world holds in such revered esteem. A must for Bourgogne lovers!

Bourgogne Terroir: Meursault and its satellites
Date: Tuesday, March 20th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Germany: Red, White and Bubbly! 
Led by IWEG's WSET Diploma Program Coordinator, Eugene Mlynczyk MW and German Wine Princess and winemaker from Heppenheim, Charlotte Freiberger. This focused tutored tasting will take wine professionals and enthusiasts alike beyond Riesling to discover the other great, and often overshadowed, grape varietals of Germany. Showcasing fine examples of Dornfelder, Pinot Noir, and others from quality producers, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Presented in partnership with Wines of Germany. 

Germany: Red, White and Bubbly!
Date: Wednesday, April 11th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Exploring the Wines of the Loire Valley 
The Loire Valley is a very varied region, made up of a large number of appellations with an incredibly diverse range of white, red, rosé, still, sweet and sparkling wines. Join Pascaline Lepeltier, Master Sommelier, on behalf of InterLoire, as she spotlights the wines of the Loire Valley. 

Wines For All Occasions: Exploring the Wines of the Loire Valley
Date: Thursday, April 19th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Napa Valley: Small Place, Big Reputation 
Though just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, Napa Valley is home to diverse microclimates and soils uniquely suited to the cultivation of a variety of fine wine grapes. Presented by Napa Valley Vintners, join Bruce Wallner, Master Sommelier, for an evening's exploration of the wines of Napa Valley.

Napa Valley: Small Place, Big Reputation
Date: Thursday, May 10th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ONTARIO WINES
Judging for the 2018 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines will take place at IWEG on Wednesday, May 9th. Each entry is assessed by a panel of accredited wine judges from the wine writing and teaching community. The judging will be led by Tony Aspler, founder of the Ontario Wine Awards.

About the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines:
Aimed at promoting Ontario viticulture and winemaking, the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines was established in 2011. This awards program recognizes VQA Ontario wines (made from 100% Ontario-grown and processed grapes).

IWEG INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: ERIN SALMON
Erin Salmon DipWSET is an instructor of the globally renowned WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits and theWSET Level 3 Award in Wines at IWEG. She recently achieved her own accomplishments in wine education as a new graduate of the prestigious WSET Level 4 Award in Wines and Spirits Diploma. We invited her to share her experiences in the wine career and education:

I started working in the wine industry when I was 19 years old and going to Brock University. In the Cave Spring Cellars retail store, I quickly developed a passion for wine and started taking various wine courses including WSET Levels 2 and 3. I had been working in Sales for Cave Spring and The Vine Agency, a consignment agency in Toronto, for almost 15 years and had two school age daughters when I decided to pursue the WSET Diploma program at IWEG. At the time, I had a fairly good wine knowledge working with the Vine’s collection of quality wineries from around the world as well as having done some wine travel. However, I wanted to gain more experience with other regions including France, Spain and Portugal as well as improve my tasting skills. 

After two and a half years of classes, studying and tasting groups (and gratefully a very supportive family), I completed each of the six units including ‘Wine Production’, ‘Global Business of Alcoholic Beverages’ and ‘Light Wines of the World’. After some encouragement from my husband, we booked flights to England and in January 2018, I walked on stage at Guildhall Yard in London to receive my Diploma. It was such a sense of accomplishment to have completed the program. IWEG and the WSET Diploma program have provided me with a deeper understanding on the business of wine looking at not just wine regions but producers and trends. I have developed a more extensive knowledge of the various regions, have greatly improved my tasting skills and now appreciate the many factors that lead to a wine's style. 

Since completing the WSET Diploma program, I have become a Certified Wine Educator and am now teaching WSET Levels 2 and 3 at IWEG. I really enjoy teaching the classes in a fun and informative manner and put a big focus on student engagement through group activities, practice quizzes and a lot of questions. I am still a Sales Account Manager with The Vine and Cave Spring in Toronto East and I love working with restaurants, private clients and the LCBO. While I enjoy the break from studying, I question which program is next for me and may be registering soon for one of the specialized Wine Scholar programs at IWEG. I truly feel with wine, you are always learning and look forward to a future of wine exploration ahead of me. 

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - LAST CHANCE!
Date: Saturdays, March 3rd, 10th and 24th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
 - @ WINE ACADEMY
Date: Tuesdays, March 20th - April 24th @ 6:30PM
Location: Wine Academy, 67 Richmond St. West, B101
Register Now!

 

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - LAST CHANCE!
Date: Mondays, March 5th - May 14th @ 10:30AM - 4PM
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 - CLASS STARTS SOON
Date: Mondays, March 5th - May 14th @ 10:30AM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINES AND SPIRITS
Four top performing IWEG students in this course will receive study scholarships from Wines of Argentina, the California Wine Institute, Wines of Germany and Wines of Greece to continue studying at IWEG with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2018 (awarded July 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 - CLASS STARTS SOON
Date: Saturdays, March 3rd, 10th and 24th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
 - @ WINE ACADEMY
Date: Tuesdays, March 20th - April 24th @ 6:30PM
Location: Wine Academy, 67 Richmond St. West, B101
Register Now!

ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR
IWEG is the Italian Wine Scholar Program Provider of the Year 2017!

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: Central & Southern
Date: Tuesdays, April 10th - June 5th @ 7PM
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.

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake will be taught by IWEG instructor and Advanced Sake Professional Michael Tremblay.
 
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, April 7th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

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
  • Practise 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.

Karen LaVigne is a WSET Certified Instructor at IWEG for over 10 years and the Lead Instructor for the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Foundation Program, an interactive and comprehensive introduction into wine and food pairing concepts.  After a successful career in the private and public sector, she pursued her passion for quality wines, spirits and specialty foods through certified sommelier courses and completing the various levels of WSET courses up to and including the Level 4 Diploma.

She has worked in the wine industry and hospitality sector in various capacities for almost 20 years, including in wine production, retail sales and marketing for the Ontario wine industry and for premium imported wines and products. Karen has 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.  She is an engaging and entertaining instructor and guides the students through the fundamentals of wine making, international wine styles and food pairing. She truly enjoys the sense of discovery shared with people who are open to trying new foods and wines or new combinations of old “favourites”.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wine
Date: Saturday, April 7th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

IMPORTING WINE, BEER & SPIRITS FOR PLEASURE AND PROFIT 

Join Charles Steven Trenholme for the day-long seminar Importing Wine, Beer & Spirits for Pleasure & Profit, which provides insights into the dynamics of importing wine, craft beers & spirits into Canada. Charles Steven brings to the seminar 35+ years of experience working in various capacities including managing national sales agency, brand management, sommelier and as educators.

Charles Steven knows first-hand that there are still hundreds of suppliers around the world actively looking for importers to represent them in Canada, providing the opportunity to develop a full or part-time career in this dynamic industry. There are also sales and brand ambassador positions available for those with WSET or sommelier training.

Many of Ontario’s top importers and agents started their careers after attending Charles Steven’s seminar. They readily agreed that they gained valuable insight to the ins and outs of importing beverage alcohol, as well as the operations of the LCBO.

Charles Steven has offered this seminar since 1993 receiving rave reviews from The Globe and MailWine TidingsToronto LifeToronto SunThe Hamilton SpectatorWine AccessVines Magazine as well as CBC Radio.

Importing Wine, Beer & Spirits for Pleasure & Profit
Date: Saturday, June 2nd @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: Novotel Downtown Toronto Hotel, 45 The Esplanade
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

March Social Media Contest Winner
Congratulations to Angela Vallee for winning this month's social media contest! Here is Angela's winning post from her studies with the French Wine Scholar.

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
Why Georgia is a hotspot for natural wines - The Guardian (02/25/2018)
The undervalued wines that sommeliers are drinking - The Globe and Mail (02/14/2018)

Events
Tuesday, March 20th @ IWEG Drinks Academy: Bourgogne Terroir - Meursault and its satellites at 7PM. $95. 

Supported by the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB), Master of Wine Eugene Mlynczyk will guide you on a tour of Bourgogne's premium villages, a chance to explore the terroir and winery influences the wine world holds in such revered esteem. A must for Bourgogne lovers! Sign up now!


Wednesday, April 11th @ IWEG Drinks Academy: Germany: Red, White and Bubbly! at 7PM. $95. Led by IWEG's WSET Diploma Program Coordinator, Eugene Mlynczyk MW and German Wine Princess and winemaker from Heppenheim, Charlotte Freiberger. This focused tutored tasting will take wine professionals and enthusiasts alike beyond Riesling to discover the other great, and often overshadowed, grape varietals of Germany. Showcasing fine examples of Dornfelder, Pinot Noir, and others from quality producers, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Presented in partnership with Wines of Germany. Sign up now!

Monday, April 16th @ IWEG Drinks Academy: Institute of Masters of Wine Information Station at 5PM. Free. The Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) is presenting an introduction to the IMW and the Masters of Wine (MW) study program in Toronto.  Sign up now!

Thursday, April 19th @ Wines For All Occasions: Exploring the Wines of the Loire Valley at 7PM. $95. The Loire Valley is a very varied region, made up of a large number of appellations with an incredibly diverse range of white, red, rosé, still, sweet and sparkling wines. Join Pascaline Lepeltier, Master Sommelier, on behalf of InterLoire, as she spotlights the wines of the Loire Valley. Sign up now!

Thursday, May 10th @ IWEG Drinks Academy: CAPS @ Napa Valley: Small Place, Big Reputation at 7PM. $95. Though just 30 miles long and a few miles wide, Napa Valley is home to diverse microclimates and soils uniquely suited to the cultivation of a variety of fine wine grapes. Presented by Napa Valley Vintners, join Bruce Wallner, Master Sommelier, for an evening's exploration of the wines of Napa Valley. 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