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Meet Chris, our WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits instructor

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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Learn how to pair food and wine with professional chef

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines is a beginner level wine course for those starting a wine career or beginning to explore wine for personal interest.

This one-day, 6 guided learning hour course, provides a hands-on introduction to the world of wine, and wine and food pairing. You will:
  • Explore the main types and styles of wine through sight, smell, and taste
  • Understand common wine grapes and their characteristics,
  • Learn to describe wines accurately
  • Assess a range of food and wine pairings, under the guidance of Chef Carrie Rau DipWSET
  • Practice selecting wines to match with diverse menu options
  • Learn how to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, October 16th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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In-class and blended learning for fall

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, October 16th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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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: Tuesdays, November 20th, 27th and December 4th @ 9:30am - 4:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines - @ Wine Academy
Date: Tuesdays, October 19th - November 16th @ 6:30pm - 9:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Mondays, November 1st - December 6th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Italian Wine Scholar - Central and Southern Italy
Date: Tuesdays, October 12th - December 7th @ 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, October 18th - Sunday, November 14th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, October 18th - Sunday, November 14th
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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, October 18th - Sunday, November 14th
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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, October 11th - Sunday, December 12th
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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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The Italian Wine Scholar

Italian Wine Scholar is an extensive 2-unit specialist certification focused on the diverse wines and wine regions of Italy. The Italian 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 Northern, Central and Southern Italy, and to validate proficiency in the wines and wine regions of the country. Unit 1 covers Northern Italy, and Unit 2 covers Central and Southern Italy.  The units of study can be taken in any order.

You will:
  • Develop specialist knowledge of the DOC and DOCG wines of 21 Italian regions
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Italian wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Taste and assess a range of Italian wines, which illustrate regional or grape varietal typicity, as well as diversity of styles
Italian Wine Scholar - Central and Southern Italy
Date: Tuesdays, October 12th - December 7th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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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!