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Friday Inspiration 

As you may have seen, every week WSET publishes and features one of their alumni graduates as part of their #FridayInspiration posts.
 
These posts go out via LinkedIn and Instagram and they offer a unique opportunity to share your stories among WSET's wider audiences. Here are some examples: Instagram and LinkedinGet to know the WSET community!

If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch at marketing@wsetglobal.com.

Spring 2021 Courses

Blended Learning

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines - starting soon!
Date: Tuesdays, June 15th - August 3rd @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Date: Saturdays, July 3rd - August 21st @ 10:30am - 12:30pm
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Spanish Wine Scholar
Date: Thursdays, September 23rd - November 25th @ 6:30pm - 8pm
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Online Learning
IWEG offers online WSET courses through WSET’s Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. A minimum number of hours of study per week is recommended (which varies depending on the course) to successfully complete each course and regular participation is essential.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, May 31st - Sunday, June 27th
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Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, July 4th
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Date: Monday, June 21st - Sunday, July 18th
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Date: Monday, June 28th - Sunday, July 25th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 
Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, July 4th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Monday, June 28th - Sunday, July 25th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, May 24th - Sunday, June 27th
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Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, July 11th
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Date: Monday, June 21st - Sunday, July 25th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, June 21st - Sunday, August 1st
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, June 28th - Sunday, August 29th
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Date: Monday, July 12th - Sunday, September 12th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, August 8th
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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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Discover the wines of Germany, one bottle at a time!

Each month, in collaboration with Wines of Germany, we will present a featured wine of the month that is available through the LCBO. Purchase the featured wine and practice your tasting skills for a chance to win a Wines of Germany prize package!

This month's wine is the Anselmann Edesheimer Rosengarten Siegerrebe Spätlese 2019 (LCBO#: 910554), made with Siegerrebe, a pink-skinned white-wine grape created in Rheinhessen in 1929 from a crossing of Gewürztraminer and Madeleine Angevine. Dare to try it! 

Wines of Germany would like to thank all participants in the challenge this year.
 
Purchase the Anselmann Edesheimer Rosengarten Siegerrebe Spätlese 2019.

Here’s how to participate:
1. Purchase Anselmann Edesheimer Rosengarten Siegerrebe Spätlese 2019 at the LCBO.
2. Take a picture of the wine and write a short tasting note on the wine.
3. If you are on social media, post your photo and tasting note and tag IWEG and Wines of Germany Canada on any or all of these social media platforms:
Facebook: @germanwinecanada and @IWEGDrinksAcademy
Instagram: @germanwinecanada and @iweg_canada
Twitter: @germanwineca and @IWEG_Canada
4.Send your photo, tasting note, copy of LCBO receipt and contact and mailing details by email to IWEG at marketing@iweg.org.
The name and submitted photo and tasting note of the winner will be published in the IWEG newsletter by June 10.

Contest details:
From January to June, we will present a featured wine of the month for IWEG students that is available through the LCBO retail network.

Each month a winner will be selected to receive a Wines of Germany prize package that includes a $50 LCBO Gift card redeemable on German wine and Wines of Germany swag.

The selected winner will be contacted by IWEG to confirm mailing details.

Effort will be made to select wines that are readily available in LCBO stores and online to allow time for wine pick up or delivery.

Learn about still wines, sparkling wines, sweet wines and fortified wines

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is for students looking to gain more confidence and better understanding of the important grape varieties and styles of wine they produce. It is an indispensable introduction to the factors that influence the quality and character of the world’s most popular wine styles.

This course 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:
    • Chardonnay
    • Pinot Grigio/Gris
    • Sauvignon Blanc
    • Riesling
    • Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Merlot
    • Pinot Noir
    • Syrah/Shiraz
  • Teach how classifications and other labelling terms indicate origin, style and quality
  • Help develop tasting assessment and description skills
  • 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)
Successful completion requires passing a 50-question multiple-choice exam (55% to pass). Once you have completed this course, you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.    

The course is comprised of live content sessions via the Zoom videoconferencing platform and in-person tasting workshops on Tuesdays, June 15th - August 3rd @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm.

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May is Oregon Wine Month

There are the stories of Oregon you know. That picture in your head when you hear the word “Pacific” and think not sun but rain, Doug firs dripping in dappled light—steamy cafes, fly fishing for salmon, and piney IPAs.

Then there are the stories of Oregon you don’t know yet. The ones you discover in the vast expanse of Oregon wine country. A place of astonishing range, from coastal mountains to valley slopes, and river gorges to high deserts.

A place that once you’re here, there’s no going back without part of its wonder alive inside you.

This Oregon Wine Month, join Master of Wine Bree Stock for a virtual exploration of Oregon’s winegrowing regions and their true character.

Discover Walla Walla Valley & the Columbia Gorge on May 24th @ 2pm ET:

The powerful Columbia River divides Oregon from Washington State, but this mighty river is not enough to diminish the collaborative powers of the resilient growers and audacious winemakers who craft bold and surprising wines from the slopes of the Columbia Gorge and Walla Walla Valley. Journey with Bree through the regions and wines of these cross-border AVAs. Sign up now!

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.