Spring wine blossoms - IWEG Monthly Newsletter Apr. 04, 2019

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Why you should sign up for the WSET Diploma Level 4 in Wines

The WSET Diploma was an amazing journey of self discovery and challenge. I was able to gain an incredible understanding of wine styles and knowledge from around the world, which has had a profound impact on day-to-day operations at Rosewood Estates Winery. At the same time it armed me personally with invaluable confidence and familiarity when speaking to consumers, sommeliers, beverage managers or other producers - this has helped us both "sell" wine for Rosewood and has helped make critical production decisions by better understanding global taste preferences. I can't thank IWEG and the WSET Diploma program for this as I never expected this type of result. On top of all this, I met some incredible wine-loving individuals along the way. It's a rigorous and demanding program but one I am very happy to have completed." - William Roman, General Manager at Rosewood Estates Winery

Learn what other WSET Diploma graduates and candidates have to say about the program.

WSET Diploma Information Sessions

Ottawa: Thursday, April 11th at Algonquin College at 6:30PM - 8PM

Toronto: Tuesday, May 28th at IWEG Drinks Academy at 6:30PM - 8PM

RSVP to krystenne@iweg.orgSign up now!Dive into the wines of Portugal this SaturdayExplore the history, taste a variety of wine styles, and further your knowledge of the native grape varietals of this great winemaking region! This one-day course is ideal for trade professionals seeking professional accreditation and Portuguese wine enthusiasts. Learn more about the Wines Of Portugal Academy Intermediate Certification.Sign up today!


Upcoming Courses

Starting soon at IWEG:

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 
Thursdays, April 4th - June 6th @ 7PM - 9PM

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake 
Saturday and Sunday April 13th, 14th, 27th and 28th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM

Wines Of Portugal Academy Intermediate Certification
Saturday, April 6th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PMCheck out other upcoming courses!


Signature Series

Malbec World Day Celebration 

Tuesday, April 16th
7PM - 9PMOn the Eve of Malbec World Day, join Wines of Argentina and Christopher Waters, DipWSET for a celebration of Argentina's iconic varietal. Though originally from Southwest France, this red varietal is better suited to Argentine soil than any other. In Argentina Malbec found ideal environmental conditions for its development and gave origin to exceptional wines. Argentina is known as the producer of the finest Malbec Wines. Sign up now!

Check out IWEG's other upcoming masterclasses.


Student Corner

Social Media Contest Winner

Congratulations to Heather Downey for winning this month's social media contest! This is Heather's winning post from the WSET Level Award in Wines and Spirits in Sudbury.


The French Wine Scholar is coming to Ottawa

The French 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 France and validate proficiency in the wines and wine regions of France.

The inaugural French Wine Scholar course in Ottawa at Algonquin College will be taught by French Wine Scholar Guild nominated educator Marie-France Boudreault-Champagne. Classes run Tuesdays, May 7 - July 9, 7pm - 9pm. Final exam on Tuesday, July 30 at 7pm.  

We are offering a special introductory tuition price of $995! Sign up now!


3 ways you can learn about sake this spring

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake provides students with an in-depth understanding of the production methods that affect sake style, quality and price. It develops systematic tasting and description skills, as well as the ability to make recommendations. This course combines classroom and online study and a tour of the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company. Classes runs Saturdays and Sundays, April 13 and 14, 27 and 28, 9:30am - 4:30pm. Final exam on Saturday, May 4 at 9:30am. Sign up now!

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. This 6-hour, one-day course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of sake, and sake and food pairing. The class runs on Saturday, May 11, 9:30am - 5:30pm. Sign up now!

Sake Scholar is a new course dedicated to exploring the many sake regions of Japan. Aimed at students who have already completed the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake, the primary goal of the course is to arm students, already comfortable with the sake grades and classifications, a deeper exploration into Japan’s geography as well as a better understanding of how regional differences help shape sake. The inaugural class at IWEG runs Monday, June 10 to Wednesday, June 12, 9:30am - 4:30pm. Sign up now!

All three courses will be taught by Michael Tremblay, IWEG's WSET Certified Sake Instructor and Ontario's first Advanced Sake Professional. Michael is the Head Judge for the Toronto International Sake Challenge and has had the opportunity of judging at the International Wine Challenge in Japan and London. He is currently the Head National Sake Sommelier for Ki Modern Japanese + Bar, where he manages the largest sake list in Canada. Michael was recently awarded the prestigious title of Sake Samurai by the Japan Sake Brewers Association for spreading the word about Japanese sake around the world with pride and passion.Featured PartnersThank you to our partners for supporting IWEG's educational programming. For a full list of our partners, visit here.