Take Advantage of the Down Time - IWEG News Jul. 22, 2021

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Take advantage of the down time

Danielle Chandler is the ultimate wine scholar. Having previously completed the Italian Wine Scholar, she also recently studied both the French Wine Scholar and the Italian Wine Scholar at IWEG. Here's her experience with the courses:

Over the last year, I decided to take advantage of the down time in my regular work due to the COVID pandemic by registering for both my Spanish Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar. Having already completed both units of the Italian Wine Scholar, I was thrilled to be able to deepen my knowledge and understanding of both France and Spain.  As a wine consultant and educator, this additional education has allowed me to share my passion for these wines and regions with my clients through the various tasting and education events that I lead in my wine consulting business. I would recommend the Wine Scholar Guild courses for anyone who is looking to build their confidence and knowledge in a specific country and is a great resource for anyone doing further studies in WSET (level 3 or Diploma) or other wine certifications.  

 I found the Wine Scholar courses to be thorough, well-structured, and designed with ample opportunities to support different learning styles including use of a traditional manual as well as e-learning modules and review supports. I particularly found the online quizzes and flashcards to be very helpful for my own studies. The instructors were excellent and extremely knowledgeable with their subject and are able to enhance the learning with planned activities and review during the online Zoom class.

Join the class of 2023

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.

Holders of the Diploma will be able to identify characteristics of the principal wines of the world, make informed assessments of a product's quality and value, and identify appropriate opportunities for the products within a given market. 

Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to underpin the job requirements in such roles as Food & Beverage Manager, Wine Buyer or Sales Executive.

The Diploma fulfills the prerequisite for the wine qualification requirement for entry to the Master of Wine (MW) program.

A smaller in-class WSET Diploma program will begin on August 25 and an online WSET Diploma program will begin on October 4. 

If you are interested in the WSET Diploma program and would like to learn more, we would be happy answer your questions. Please email Krystenne MacMullin at krystenne@iweg.org

The IWEG Experience

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

Our 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 amount 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.

Keeping the “i” in i4C

The 11th anniversary of the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration will take place this year on July 23-25, 2021. And while international producers are not going to be at the celebration in person for i4C this year,  they certainly will be in spirit, and definitely in the glasses!

To keep the “international” front and centre as we prepare for the 2021 International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration, check in virtually with five producers around the globe. In the week leading up to i4C, you can “zoom” to Argentina, Australia, Italy, South Africa and British Columbia to get a cool insider’s view. (OK, it’s not all Zoom, some is Instagram Live!)

(No pre-registration needed. Just tune in from your computer or device using the links given below at the times indicated.)

Learn more about the participating producers and how you can join in!

In-class and blended learning for fall

In-class Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, September 25th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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Date: Saturday, October 23rd @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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Italian Wine Scholar Prep - NEW!
Date: Saturday, October 9th @ 9am - 4pm
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Spanish Wine Scholar
Date: Thursdays, September 23rd - November 11th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Italian Wine Scholar - Central and Southern Italy
Date: Tuesdays, October 12th - December 7th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Blended Learning

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 

Date: Tuesdays, September 14th - November 2nd @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Date: Saturdays, October 23rd - November 6th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines 
Date: Wednesdays, September 1st - December 8th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Stay tuned for more courses offerings!

Remaining summer courses

Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, August 9th - Sunday, September 5th
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Date: Monday, August 23rd - Sunday, September 19th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 
Date: Monday, August 23rd - Sunday, September 19th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, August 9th - Sunday, September 12th
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Date: Monday, August 23rd - Sunday, September 26th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, August 9th - Sunday, September 12th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, August 9th - Sunday, October 10th
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Date: Monday, August 30th - Sunday, October 31st
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Certificate in Irish Whiskey - 
Eight modules at your own self-directed pace
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Certificate in Scotch Whisky - NEW!
Eight modules at your own self-directed pace
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Discover the wines of Germany, one bottle at a time!


Each month, in collaboration with Wines of Germany, we have presented a featured wine of the month that is available through the LCBO. IWEG students were invited to purchase the featured wine and practice their tasting skills for a chance to win a Wines of Germany prize package!

The July and final winner is Pauline. Here is their tasting note for Königschaffhauser Steingrüble Trocken Pinot Noir 2018 (LCBO #:460410):

Appearance: Med ruby
Nose: Med intensity, expressive floral perfume aroma with notes of fresh strawberry, cranberry, red cherry, pomegranate, sandalwood, and wet earth
Palate: Dry, Med(+) acidity, Med(-) tannin, Med alcohol, Med(-) body, Med intensity with flavours of fresh strawberry, raspberry, cherry, sweet spice, cedar, and wet wood with savoury undertone.

Very good and impressive.

Wines of Germany thanks all participants in the challenge this year.

Académie du Vin Library: Discount for the IWEG community 

Académie du Vin Library is a new boutique publishing house founded by Steven Spurrier and Simon McMurtrie specializing in the very best in wine writing. Some of their books are undisputed classics – refreshed for today’s reader but without losing any of the charm, or wisdom, of a more innocent time. Their new titles are believed to be destined to become the classics of the future: easy to read, easy on the eye, and all with something new and important to say.

They have now published eight titles:

  • New VIKING IN THE VINEYARD - Stories from a Revolutionary Winemaker Peter Vinding-Diers Six decades of wine adventure: Peter's pioneering exploits from Stellenbosch to Sicily.
  • WINE TASTING The commemorative edition of Michael Broadbent’s classic guide that began it all.
  • 10 GREAT WINE FAMILIES – A Tour Through Europe Fiona Morrison MW’s up-close and personal insight into Europe’s most celebrated winemaking families.
  • IN VINO VERITAS – A Collection of Fine Wine Writing, Past and Present The quintessential browsing book for those who love wine.
  • SHERRY – Maligned, Misunderstood, Magnificient! Ben Howkins’ full-colour extravaganza of this sun-drenched wine returns to our lives with a flourish.
  • CHATEAU MUSAR The Story of a Wine Icon Serge Hochar and the most famous wine to come out of Lebanon.
  • THE STORY OF WINE – From Noah to Now The new edition of Hugh Johnson’s captivating journey through wine history.
  • ON BORDEAUX – Tales of the Unexpected from the World’s Greatest Wine Region Triumphs, disasters, heroes and villains, and why these wines are the still the most talked-about.

AcadeĢmie du Vin Library offers IWEG alumni, students and instructors a special saving of $5 USD on the retail price of the books (except ebooks and the new Classic Editions). Visit their online shop at academieduvinlibrary.com and add the coupon code IWEG5 at the checkout page. 

Sign up for a GuildSomm membership

GuildSomm is an international non-profit organization that promotes education and community for wine professionals and aficionados. GuildSomm members have access to an enormous archive of wine study materials, an up-to-date Compendium of wine law (also available as an app), discussion forums to connect with other members worldwide, a job board, and much more. You can see a list of additional member benefits here.

We recommend GuildSomm to any of our students who want to continue their wine education and stay current on wine news. Students of IWEG are invited to register for a year of GuildSomm membership at a reduced rate of $79 USD, using the partner code IWEG79. All first-time GuildSomm members are eligible to sign up using this code. Sign up for a discounted Guildsomm membership.