Stop and Smell the Wine - IWEG Monthly Newsletter Jul. 06, 2019

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Summer Promotion

Sign up for a course with a friend and you each receive $50 dollars off the course fee! Sign up for a course with two or more friends and you each receive $100 off the course fee!

Offer is valid until August 16 for all WSET wine, spirits and sake courses levels 1 to 3, the French Wine Scholar and the Italian Wine Scholar. Please call the office at 416-534-2570 to complete your registration at the discounted rate.

All course refund and exam sitting policies apply.  Please note that if your friend(s) cancel and request a refund, you will be charged the full rate for your course.

Happy summer break

A message from IWEG's Executive Director

Dear students and prospective students,

I am delighted to share with you some exciting new course introductions and updates for the new school year, which starts this fall:

  • Launch of the new WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines. As the original - and now the largest - WSET school in Canada, IWEG is excited to be delivering WSET’s new flagship award, a highly coveted and much respected, expert-level qualification covering all aspects of wine.
  • Launch of Wine Scholar Guild’s brand new Spanish Wine Scholar study and certification program, which will be available globally at the beginning of October. We are excited to be offering this deep-dive certification into Spanish wines and wine regions, building on the phenomenal success that the school has enjoyed with both the French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar programs.
  •  Launch of WSET’s brand new Level 2 Award in Wines, which replaces the current “wine and spirits” beginner to intermediate level qualification and offers a completely refreshed and updated curriculum on the principal and regionally important grape varieties of the world, the regions in which they are grown and the styles of wine they produce.
  •  Re-ignition of our WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits, which will launch in September and will feature WSET Educator Christina Viera, a highly respected and sought after educator from the spirits community.
  • Expansion of IWEG’s course offerings in Ottawa, through our partnership with Alqonquin College, including French Wine Scholar and the Italian Wine Scholar. We are excited to welcome Marie-France Boudreault-Champagne, Steve Robinson and Liam Doody to the IWEG instructor team!

Thank you to our passionate WSET Certified Educators and Wine Scholar Guild instructors for providing our students with the support and encouragement to succeed in their studies. We would like to thank also all of our sponsors and trade partners for their generous support of initiatives that enhance the learning experience for all of our students. Without their generous support many of the masterclasses, scholarship awards and study-trips that we currently offer would not be possible.

We will continue to be Canada's premier student-focused institution for wine, spirits and sake education. I invite you to contact the IWEG team at or at 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!


Paul Miles DipWSET
Executive Director

Spanish Wine Scholar

Coming to IWEG this fall

The brand new Spanish Wine Scholar is a study and certification program that provides current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of Spain. Developed and administrated by the Wine Scholar Guild, the program is aimed at advanced students of wine whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. 

The program mirrors the unparalleled level of depth, accuracy, detail and academic rigour offered by the acclaimed French Wine Scholar program. 

Prerequisite: None. However, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is recommended, and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is preferred. Expect to spend 20 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course outside of classroom hours.

This 16-hour course provides detailed coverage of Spanish wine regions, as well as an introduction to Spanish history, geography, viticulture and winemaking.

In the course you will:

  • Develop specialist knowledge of the DO / DOCa regions involving: Green Spain; Duero River Valley, La Rioja, Ebro River Valley/Levante, Catalunia, Meseta, Andalucia, Islands
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Spanish wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Taste a range of Spanish wines

Upon successful completion of a 100-question multiple-choice exam (passing grade is 75%) you will receive the Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) credential, certificate and lapel pin.

The course includes:

  • SWS Study Manual, which includes a foundation unit covering Spanish wine law, grape varieties, viticulture and winemaking plus individual chapters on all of the wine regions of Spain.
  • A full-year access to all SWS online resources (videos, review quizzes for self-evaluation, flash-cards, downloadable maps, instructor Q&A forum for personal assistance, webinars, and student forum for community interaction etc.)
  • Exam registration fee
  • Tutored tasting of approximately 50 wines
  • Diverse hands-on group activities designed to enhance recall and address different learning styles
  • Instructed by a specialist team of IWEG educators, including Lead Educator Nancy Reynolds

The course will take place on Tuesdays, October 1st - December 3rd @ 7PM - 9PM.

Early Bird Price: sign up for the Spanish Wine Scholar by August 16 for $995 (regular price $1,150). Please call the office at 416-534-2570 to complete your registration at the discounted rate.

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Led by Christina Veira

IWEG is pleased to introduce our new WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits instructor Christina Veira. Christina was chosen as one of Imbibe Magazine’s Imbibe 75, "one of the people, places and directions that will shape the way you drink in 2019". Most recently, she curated the Bar & Beverage Pavilion at Restaurants Canada Show and Speed Rack Canada (Seasons 3 & 4).

She has occupied every front-of-house position (and a couple in the kitchen) while pursuing certifications in wine and beer, even winning a cocktail competition here and there. When not in her present role managing a multi-venue event space, her focus is on industry education, event execution and using the hospitality industry as a catalyst for community engagement and fundraising.

She aims to establish her project “Side Duties” as a registered Canadian non-profit with the goal of linking the hospitality industry with local charities and initiatives that are mutually beneficial. Over the course of the last few years, she has been able to harness her skills while raising over $50k for Nellie’s Women’s Shelter and various other charities.

Christina will be teaching a revamped WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits on Mondays, September 3rd - October 7th @ 7PM - 9PM. Sign up now!

Upcoming Courses

Starting soon at IWEG:

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, July 6th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake - Ottawa!
Date: Saturday, July 27th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: Algonquin College
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits - Condensed
Date: Saturdays, July 13th, 20th and 27th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake - Ottawa!
Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 16th - 19th  9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: Algonquin College
Register Now!Check out other upcoming courses!Fall Courses

Starting this fall:

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Saturday, September 14th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, October 19th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, September 3rd - October 7th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits - Waterloo
Date: Tuesdays, September 10th - November  12th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: The Bauer Kitchen, 87 King St S #102
Register Now!
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
Date: Tuesdays, September 17th - November 5th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Wednesdays, September 4th - December 18th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, November 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 23rd @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
Spanish Wine Scholar - New!
Date: Tuesdays, October 1st - December 3rd @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
Italian Wine Scholar: Northern Italy - Ottawa
Date: Thursdays, September 26th - November 28th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: Algonquin College, Wine Lab – H Building, Room H-103
Register Now!
Italian Wine Scholar: Central and Southern Italy 
Date: Thursdays, October 3rd - November 28th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
Wines of Chile Academy Ambassador Certification 
Date: Thursday, September 12th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!Check out other fall courses!

Student Corner

Social Media Contest Winner

Congratulations to Dana Dickerson for winning this month's social media contest! This is Dana's winning post from the rosé masterclass.

The grand cru in wine education

The new WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines

As the leading organization in wine, spirits and sake education in Canada, IWEG has offered the WSET Level 4 Diploma since 1988.

Our 182 Diploma Graduates over the years have gone on to become vital members of the wine and spirits industry in Canada and worldwide. IWEG holds the record for having the largest number of Diploma graduates in Canada!

IWEG has been offering Diploma studies for longer than any institute outside of the WSET School in London, which means we enjoy a long history of student success. Our current pass rate for the most rigorous component, "Wines of the World", is 22 percent higher than the global average pass rate for this unit of study.

Our passionate and highly qualified Diploma educators, who come from different fields within the trade, provide on-going support to help you master the analytical tasting skills and supplemental theoretical knowledge necessary to succeed.

Learn what some of IWEG's WSET Diploma graduates and candidates have to say about the program.

The new WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines

The market-leading WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines qualification provides expert level knowledge and develops key analytical skills for success in the global wine business. Perfect for both the trade professional and the serious enthusiast, the course will arm you with specialist-level skills and experience, plus international recognition as an expert in the field of wine.

Sign up now!

Wine Education Week

Test your wine knowledge and tasting skills at IWEG’s inaugural trivia night

Seven days, 450 events across 45 countries – the biggest global consumer wine event ever held. So, whether you’re novice or knowledgeable, mad for Merlot or puzzled by Pinot, Wine Education Week will take you on a journey of discovery. Brought to you by WSET.

The IWEG Wine Quiz
Test your wine knowledge and tasting skills at IWEG’s inaugural trivia night! Hosted by IWEG’s Director of Education Christopher Waters DipWSET, participants will answer WSET questions and identify wines using the Systematic Approach to Tasting for prizes. All skill levels welcomed.

The IWEG Wine Quiz will take place on Monday, September 9th at 6PM. Sign up now!

Featured Partners

Thank you to our partners for supporting IWEG's educational programming. For a full list of our partners, visit here.