Sip Summer - IWEG Monthly Newsletter Jun. 08, 2017

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A MESSAGE FROM IWEG'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
Dear Students and Prospective Students,

As our 2016-2017 school year comes to a close, I wanted to share with you some exciting updates for the new school year, commencing this fall:
  • Launch of a new collaboration with theCanadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) to encourage ongoing professional development, networking and camaraderie within the food and beverage industry
  • Increased frequency and formats of our courses to better suit the academic and scheduling needs of our students
  • Introduction of a brand new WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits, as well as a refreshedWSET Level 2 Award in Spirits, in response to industry growth in the spirits sector
  • Launch of the brand new Unit 2 of the Italian Wine Scholar (Central and Southern Italy) to continue to provide high-quality specialized education opportunities
  • Unique, monthly, Signature Series Master Classes, focusing on specialist topics, led by renowned IWEG educators
  • IWEG Drinks Academy Open House on Thursday, Sept 14th. Save the date; more info to come! 
Our exceptional WSET Certified Educators and Wine Scholar Guild instructors will continue to provide our students with an unparalleled wine, spirits and sake learning experience, ensuring that everyone has their best chance of success.  

As a not-for profit, passionate about education, IWEG is committed to our student-centered approach, which translates into higher pass rates across our course offerings.  This is why we offer expanded scholarships, study-trips, winery and distillery tours, innovative new courses and Master Classes, as well as proprietary support materials to help you succeed. Our thanks to our Sponsors and Trade Partners, who continue to support the school most generously and without whom the former would not be possible.

We will continue to strive to be Canada's premier student-focused institution for wine, spirits and sake education.

I invite you to contact the IWEG team at admin@iweg.org or 416-534-2570 to find out how we can help you achieve your professional goals and personal aspirations in wine, spirits and sake education.

We look forward to seeing you in class!

Sincerely,

Paul Cossart-Miles, DipWSET
Executive Director
WSET Certified Educator

UPCOMING COURSES 

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines + so much more
Date: Monday, July 10th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines + so much more
Date: Saturday, Sept 9th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits - NEW!
Date: Thursdays, Oct 12th and 19th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake + so much more
Date: Saturdays, Sept 23rd and 30th @ 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: KI Restaurant
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 3 DAYS!
Date: Saturdays, Sept 9th, 16th, and 23rd @ 9:30 AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 
Date: Tuesdays, Sept 12th - Nov 21st @ 7:00 PM 
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits - NEW!
Date: Wednesdays Oct 25th - Dec 13th  @ 7:00 PM 
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - CONDENSED
Date: Mondays Sept 11th - Nov 6th @ 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines 
Date: Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept 20th - Nov 20th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake - CONDENSED
Date: Saturdays and Sundays Nov 4th & 5th, 11th & 12th, and 18th at 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Italian Wine Scholar: Unit 2 - CONDENSED
Date: Tuesdays, Sept 19th - Oct 31st @ 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Italian Wine Scholar: Unit 2 - NEW!
Date: Tuesdays, Oct 3rd - Nov 28th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET LEVEL 4 DIPLOMA IN WINES AND SPIRITS 

The WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spiritsqualification is considered by many in the global wine industry as the premium all round wine and spirit qualification. It is designed to givespecialist knowledge of the principal wines and spirits of the world combined with commercial factors and a thorough system for the professional evaluation of wines and spirits.

 
Diploma Level graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to underpin the job requirements in buying and merchandising roles such as Category ManagerProduct Manager and Product Consultant, in hospitality and service roles such as Beverage DirectorWine Consultant and Hospitality Manager, and in sales and marketing roles such as a Regional ManagerDistrict Manager and Brand Manager.

The Diploma is viewed universally as the stepping-stone to the Master of Wine program.

The registration deadline for the 2017-2019 WSET Diploma is July 3, 2017.

IWEG has refreshed and expanded our in-class course delivery for the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. The new format allows for:
  • Extra classes as part of the course delivery
  • More study skills and exam skill sessions built into the course delivery
  • Convenient, easier to follow course schedule, centred on three semesters: Foundation, Special Topics Focus and Skill Development and Light Wines Of The World
  • Access to individual one-on-one student support from IWEG’s Diploma Programme Coordinators
  • Refreshed line-up of specialist IWEG instructors, all of whom are WSET Certified Educators (have undergone teacher training) as well as subject matter experts 
Our Diploma alumni have reported that the successful completion of the Diploma has been a “game-changer” and allowed them to progress significantly in their careers within the Drinks and Hospitality industry.

Program Details:

1) Foundation: July 2017 - September 2017

LAUNCH - 19 July 2017

WINE PRODUCTION (WSET Unit 2) - August 2017
  • Weekend in Niagara
  • Viticulture, vinification, maturation, treatments and packaging 
THE GLOBAL BUSINESS OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES (WSET Unit 1) - September 2017
  • Dynamics of the global market for alcoholic beverages, local market and marketing of alcoholic beverages
2) Special Topic Focus & Skill Development: October 2017 - June 2018

SPARKLING WINES OF THE WORLD (WSET Unit 5) - October 2017
  • Methods of production, types and styles of sparkling wines
COURSEWORK ASSIGNMENT (WSET Unit 1 CWA) - November 2017
  • Written report on a subject set by the examiners (2500-3000 words)
SPIRITS OF THE WORLD (WSET Unit 4) - January 2018
  • Methods of production, types and styles of spirits
FORTIFIED WINES OF THE WORLD (WSET Unit 6) - April 2018
  • Methods of production, types and styles of fortified wines
CASE STUDY EXAM (WSET Unit 1 Case Study Exam) - June 2018
  • Closed-book theory paper in exam format, subject published one month before exam
SKILL DEVELOPMENT
  • Writing skills, tasting practice, creating a study plan
3) Light Wines of the World: September 2018 - June 2019

LIGHT WINES OF THE WORLD (WSET Unit 3) - September 2018 - June 2019
  • Weekly classes focus on important wine regions of the old and new world, theory and tasting practice
If you have completed your WSET Level 3 Award in Wines or are a graduate of CAPS & ISG and are looking to continue with your wine education, the WSET Level 4 Diplomacould be for you!

WSET DIPLOMA COORDINATORS 
Eugene Mlynczyk MW, DipWSET has been in love with wine since his college days in California.  After returning home to Toronto in the early 1990s, he began to direct a portion of his modest earnings to local Niagara wines, further nurturing his oenophile passion.  Eugene subscribes to the maxim “Carpe Diem” (meaning “sieze the day”), so he began to study wine and sought employment in the wine industry, which began 15 years ago and continues to this day.  Another of Eugene’s central beliefs is that no one should ever stop learning, so after completing all WSET course levels through Diploma, Eugene enrolled in the Master of Wine program in 2011. Eugene was thrilled to complete all the program requirements in 2015 and be awarded the “MW” designation: hooray!  Besides wine, Eugene focuses on family when not also running in the woods competing in his favourite sport, orienteering.

Peter Wearing DipWSET became interested in wine  many years ago when he discovered that wine is just as much about the people and their story as the product itself. This interest led to his co-founding of The Small Winemakers Collection, an importing agency based in Toronto. What started as a way to write-off travel turned into a full-time occupation and he eventually quit his day job at the turn of the millennium. Today, he is managing director of the company, which has 15 employees. His particular area of interest is in French and Italian wines. He regularly travels to Europe and makes sure to visit Burgundy every year. Since completing the WSET Diploma, Peter has found a new outlet for his enthusiasm as an instructor. He enjoys sharing his experience in the industry and WSET with eager students.

TESTIMONIALS
"The Diploma was instrumental in obtaining my position as a Sommelier at Langdon Hall. Working with a wine program of this caliber and being able to provide our guests with in depth knowledge of our fine wine selection is something that came from the Diploma level of study." - Brie Dema, Sommelier at George Restaurant 


"The WSET Diploma has been an amazing help to my career. It has given me an incredible base of wine knowledge and wine business acumen that has enabled me to feel comfortable and confident in any situation. The wine tasting and theory has helped me understand each wine I am buying and selling in a global context and be able to evaluate it quickly and accurately. This has been invaluable! I also met some amazing wine professionals along the way, both classmates and teachers. It has been hard to complete, but very rewarding. I am not one for pins, but I will definitely keep this one in a special place." - Nicole Campbell, Portfolio Ambassador at Lifford Wines & Spirits

"There is always so much to learn about the constantly evolving beverage alcohol industry and the diploma program has helped me better understand the global industry and allows me to engage in more informed discussions with our trade partners that include Suppliers and their Ontario agents. The refinement and sharpening of my product knowledge has also helped me when making selections and in keeping up with the trends that define our business." - Ann Patel, Product Manager, Vintages New World Wines and Spirits at the LCBO
 

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

Sept 18th: Sensory Seminar
Practice ‘sensory inquiry‘ with Melanie McBride, who will be bringing her DIY smell lab to you!  This is a hands-on workshop where we will explore 6 aromas and 6 wines to investigate the importance of smell. Includes specialized CAPS Aroma kit from Wine Awakenings! Sign up now!
ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR
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!

IWEG is one of the first international schools to offer the Italian Wine Scholar program, both Units 1 and 2. 

Our Italian Wine Scholar instructors Nancy Reynolds and Rose-Anne St. Jean are the top globally ranked for academic achievement with the Wine Scholar Guild. 

The top performing student in the new Italian Wine Scholaroverall - Unit 1 and Unit 2  - will receive a study trip scholarshipfrom the Italian Trade Commission in Canada to a consorzio (specific wine region) in Italy!


The Italian Wine Scholar units can be taken in any order.

Italian Wine Scholar: Unit 2 - CONDENSED
Date: Tuesdays, Sept 19th - Oct 31st @ 10:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Italian Wine Scholar: Unit 2 
Date: Tuesdays, Oct 3rd - Nov 28th @ 7PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

FALL 2017 SIGNATURE SERIES

The Fall 2017 Signature Series is up! Further your education, develop your tasting skills, and network in the industry at our upcoming Signature Series events!

“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 MS, DipWSET  @johnszabo

 Oct 5th: The Sparkling Wines of Cava
One of the few wine regions of the world to cover multiple areas, the vineyards for Cava production are centered in north east Spain around the town of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia. While Cava producers are credited with inventing the gyropalette in order to facilitate the huge production of traditional method sparkling wines, there are an increasing number of excellent examples where interest and complexity abound.This Masterclass promises to be enriching for students sitting the Diploma Sparkling wines exam and interested consumers alike. Come taste for yourself, and learn about the bubbly side of Spain! Sign up now!

Nov 2nd: Bordeaux Futures: A Primer on Primeur
Have you ever been curious about Bordeaux Futures? What is the purpose, how does it take place and what do the wines taste like? Join us as we take a deep dive into the What, When, Why, How, and Who of this important industry impetus and taste some exciting wines! Sign up now!

Dec 5th: The Festive Spirits - 'Tis the Season to Learn About your Favourite Distilled Beverages
Having come a long way since your mother's and father's simple pre dinner drink, spirits are making a resurgence to be enjoyed both as a cocktail, and to be sipped and appreciated 'neat' or on the rocks. Just in time for all the holiday celebrations. Sign up now!

Dates and times are subject to change.

WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS 
Join IWEG's Certified Specialist of Spirits and our local cocktail expert to expand your spirits knowledge! This brand new course will be led by IWEG's Education Director and spirits expertJulia Rogers DipWSET, with an interactive cocktail lesson by Victoria Walsh, co-author of A Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails!

This course is ideal for someone curious about spirits and cocktails, who has little experience and no formal knowledge of the subject.  Upon successful completion you will receive a WSET certificate and pin.

Through a tutored tasting of premium spirits and cocktails, and a range of fun and educational activities, you will learn:
  • What to expect from the different spirits categories
  • Key facts about spirit production
  • How to describe the styles and flavours of different spirits
  • What the basic tools, glassware and ingredients are for famous cocktails and mixed drinks
  • How to use basic cocktail theory to develop your own specialty drinks
WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Thursdays, Oct 12th and 19th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

ROYAL AGRICULTURE WINTER FAIR 2017 
 
IWEG is pleased to announce that for the 3rd consecutive year, IWEG will be the judging body for the 2017 Royal Wine Competition at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

This year we are delighted to welcome Christopher Waters, distinguished IWEG alumnus as our Chief Judge. Chris is an international wine judge, Head Judge of InterVin and co-founder and editor of VINES, a Canadian wine lifestyle magazine, and the national wine writer for Sun Media. His weekly column, Waters & Wine, appears in newspapers across the country. His work in VINES merited an Ontario Tourism Wine Journalism Award.
 

WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINES AND SPIRITS
Ideal for the industry novice and the trade professional, the WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits provides fundamental product knowledge and lays the foundation for the Systematic Approach to Tasting. 

You will:
  • learn how to taste professionally and make quality assessments
  • taste a minimum of 24 wines that illustrate typicity 
  • learn about the factors that impact the style and quality of wines
  • learn about key grape varietals and wine regions across the globe
  • learn about still wines, sparkling wines, sweet wines, fortified  wines and spirits
  • obtain a globally recognized professional accreditation which is regarded as a foundation and required level of study for the further pursuit of wine education and career enhancement in the wine and spirits industry
WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 3 DAYS!
Date: Saturdays, Sept 9th, 16th, and 23rd @ 9:30 AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 
Date: Tuesdays, Sept 12th - Nov 21st @ 7:00 PM 
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
 

WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SAKE
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake offers a hands-on introduction to the world of sake.  You will explore the main styles and types of sake through sight, smell and taste to develop an understanding of the key factors affecting flavours and aromas.

What 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 sakes using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake (SAT)
  • Experiment with food and sake interaction and pairing
Perfect for beverage world professionals, sake enthusiasts and anyone who's curious to learn more about the ancient and modern world of sake.

The WSET Level 1 Award in Sake will be taught by top sake sommelier Michael Tremblay!

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake + so much more
Date: Saturdays, Sept 23rd and 30th @ 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: KI Restaurant
Register Now!


WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINES + so much more
Our unique WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a perfect starting point for structured wine studies for the wine enthusiast. Students will complete the requirements of the WSET Level 1 Award in Wines and also discover the key elements of food and wine taste interactions such as sweetness, acidity and saltiness in food.

Students will have the opportunity to experience key pairing principles through 5 gourmet tastings and discuss pairing wines with dishes from non-European cuisines, as well as menu design. 

Students will meet WSET Level 1 learning objectives and leave with practical knowledge to put to use when selecting or recommending wines for diverse dining occasions.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is taught by Tonia Wilson. Tonia Wilson is a certified Sommelier and Red Seal Chef whose experience is extensive.  She is a regular contributor to the LCBO's Food & Drink magazine and offers catering and tasting related services through her company www.toniawilson.com.  Tonia spent many years working in Europe as Head Chef at Canadian Embassies in Rome and Brussels. She is certified with the Associazione Italiana Sommelier and is a Prud'homme Beer Sommelier.
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines + so much more
Date: Monday, July 10th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines + so much more
Date: Saturday, Sept 9th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
 

STUDENT CORNER

June Social Media Contest Winner
Congratulations to Ana Norris for winning this month's social media contest! Here is Ana's winning post from her WSET Level 3 Award in Wines class on California wines by the California Wine Institute.  

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

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Field Sales Associate at Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits - find out more here!

On Premise Account Manager at Mark Anthony Wine & Spirits (Toronto) - find out more here!

Operations Coordinator at GALLEON - find out more here!

Sales Representative at All The Right Grapes Inc. - find out more here!

Tasting Room Consultant & Sommelier at Domaine Queylus (French required) - find out more here!

Tasting Room Consultant & Sommelier at Domaine Queylus (Cantonese required) - find out more here!

Looking to post a career opportunity at your company? Please contact Adelaide Smith for assistance.

INDUSTRY NEWS AND EVENTS

News
History blends with Canada 150 celebrations for EPIC 1867 wine series - Windsor Star(05/29/2017)
UK spirits tax revenue tops beer for first time - The Spirits Business (06/05/2017)
Raise a glass to winery architecture - The Globe and Mail (05/15/2017)

Events
Tuesday, June 13th @ Design Exchange: Australia Up Close - Toronto at 12:30PM. FREE. With a geographical size similar to Canada, and distinct climates, soils and terroirs, it's no surprise that Australia boasts an array of wine styles, regions and grape varieties. The trade tasting will be enhanced by a seminar and focus tables, ensuring that you have a full day of immersion into Australia Up Close. Sign up now!

Monday, Sept 18th @ IWEG Drinks Academy: CAPS @ IWEG Workshop Series: Sensory Seminar at 7PM. $95. Practice ‘sensory inquiry‘ with Melanie McBride, who will be bringing her DIY smell lab to you!  This is a hands-on workshop where we will explore 6 aromas and 6 wines to investigate the importance of smell. Includes a specialized CAPS Aroma kit from Wine Awakenings! 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.