Taste, Taste, Taste - IWEG News Oct. 18, 2021

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Taste, taste, taste with Joel Gorenkoff

Joel Gorenkoff is an educator, consultant and certified sommelier who is extremely proud of his own wine journey through WSET and sommelier studies and training. He enjoys promoting, learning and teaching others about the wines and spirits of the world, the magic of food pairings and fostering the love and appreciation of wines and spirits. Although you are most likely to catch Joel with a wine glass in his hand, he may also be seen with a dram or two of his favourite whisky! Wine to Joel means family, friends, good times, global citizenship and sophistication. He is extremely excited to teach with IWEG, an institution he says emulates and promotes all of these things through their rich educational program. Joel has extensive experience in educating adults and has worked in a number of educational environments. He is a life-long and motivated learner and loves to bring this attitude and passion for learning out in others.

IWEG is proud to have Joel teaching our WSET Level 2 Award in Wines this fall. Here's what he had to say about his teaching approach and study tips:

Learning about wine can be daunting (grapes, winemaking, regions, producers, styles, food pairings, culture etc.). I feel it is important that students find the classes fun, informative, entertaining and enlightening and I attempt to make wine approachable and unpretentious. I do this by sharing my own passion and exuberance for wine. Students can learn and gain knowledge through a variety of means: courses at IWEG, books and websites and by asking lots of questions to instructors, to sommeliers, at wineries, and at wine shows and events. The most important thing? Taste, taste, taste. Find a group of like-minded individuals and taste lots of wines, talk about them and share your insights, and most of all, just have lots of fun while doing this. 

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner to intermediate level wines course for enthusiasts or those working in the industry, or hoping to enter the industry.

This course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills. You will:
  • Explain how wine is made
  • Explore the style and quality of wines made from over 22 regionally important grape varieties produced in over 70 wine growing regions around the world
  • Explore how environmental factors, grape growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties:
  • ChardonnayPinot Grigio/Gris
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Riesling
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah/Shiraz
  • Learn how classifications and other labelling terms indicate origin, style and quality
  • Help develop assessment and description skills as you sample wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines
  • Show how to understand and be able to apply basic principles of wine storage, service and food and wine pairing
  • Teach how to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Saturdays, October 23rd - November 6th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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Date: Saturdays, November 20th, 27th and December 4th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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Explore spirits with expert Chris Robertson 

Chris Robertson DipWSET is the Senior Director for Beer, Cider & Ready-to-Drink at the LCBO. He has over 20 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry as a buyer, marketer and business leader. He has extensive knowledge of beer, spirits and wine, including the WSET Level 4 Diploma, and in 2019, Chris was awarded the David A. Churchill Memorial Scholarship for the highest score in the WSET Diploma’s The Global Business of Wine unit at IWEG.   

Chris has a particular passion for spirits. He conceived of and implemented the LCBO’s first-ever Spirits Summit and lead a similar initiative for gin that brought guests from the UK to collaborate with the local industry. Chris has had the privilege to taste thousands of different spirits throughout his career and has travel extensively to important producing regions like Scotland, Kentucky and the Caribbean. While he appreciates all spirits, he has a particular fondness for amaro, Scotch Whisky, gin and tequila.  

IWEG is delighted that Chris will be teaching our WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits this fall. Here's what he had to say about his teaching approach and study tips:

I am excited to share my knowledge and first-hand experiences as an IWEG instructor. I believe the key to learning is a passion for the subject and I try to take students beyond the technical aspects of the material by exploring the trends, the people and places that enliven the subject matter. I also encourage students to connect with one another throughout the learning experience through study groups and tastings. I think meeting people in the industry or those just interested in beverage alcohol is one of the most rewarding elements of these courses. It enhances your learning and makes the whole experience fun.     

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits is a beginner to intermediate level spirits course for enthusiasts or those working in the industry, or hoping to enter the industry.

This course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills. You will:
  • Explore major spirits categories and styles, as well as liqueurs, vermouth and cocktails
  • Learn in detail about the 4 main steps in spirits production
  • Learn what labelling terms mean
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample a range of benchmark examples using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)
  • Understand basic principles of spirits storage and service
  • Learn about cocktail equipment, ingredients, basic techniques and main cocktail families
WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, November 1st - December 6th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Explore Japan's national beverage with Sake Samurai Michael Tremblay

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. You will learn the basic principles of sake production, the main types and styles of sake, how to serve sake and factors affecting the flavour of sake. The course is taught by WSET Certified Sake Educator and Sake Samurai, Michael Tremblay.

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 
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, November 13th @ 9:30am - 5:00pm
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In-class and blended learning for fall

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, November 27th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, November 13th @ 9:30am - 5:00pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Saturdays, October 23rd - November 6th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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Date: Saturdays, November 20th, 27th and December 4th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, November 1st - December 6th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Online courses

Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, November 1st - Sunday, November 28th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Monday, November 8th - Sunday, December 5th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, November 1st - Sunday, December 5th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, November 29th - Sunday, January 2nd
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, November 1st - Sunday, January 22nd
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Certificate in Irish Whiskey - 
NEW!
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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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 a national sales agency, brand management, sommelier and as an educator. 

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 certified 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 1992 receiving rave reviews from The Globe and Mail, Wine Tidings, Toronto Life, Toronto Sun, The Hamilton Spectator, Wine Access, Vines Magazine as well as CBC Radio. 

Importing Wine, Beer Spirits For Pleasure & Profit will take place online on Saturday, November 6th at 9:30am - 4pm online.

IWEG students, alumni and instructors will receive a 10% discount off the course when they register with the promo code IWEGSign up now!