Uncork the Fall - IWEG News Sep. 02, 2020

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Sixteen New Masters of Wine

Over 80% of new MWs are WSET alumni

Congratulations to the 16 new Masters of Wine (MW)!  There are now 409 MWs based in 30 countries. 

13 of these new MWs are also WSET Alumni, proving how important the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines is as a stepping stone to this achievement. We are particularly proud of IWEG WSET Diploma alum Geoffrey Moss MW, DipWSET on his incredible achievement: 

Geoffrey is the principal of Lithica Wine Marketing, a boutique branding and marketing agency with a focus on direct-to-consumer sales and marketing. After graduating with a degree in political science from McGill University, Geoffrey took the only logical next step and enrolled in a winemaking and viticulture programme. His approach to sales and marketing is informed by working for some of the leading wineries in Canada along with his experience both in the vineyard and cellar. Geoffrey takes a customer-centric approach with the aim of elevating brands by creating long-term brand ambassadors. He is also a wine writer and critic, with contributions to Gismondi on Wine. Geoffrey resides in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Meet the other new Masters of Wine.

The online WSET Diploma program will begin in October and a condensed in-class WSET Diploma program is planned for January. 


Ontario Wine Awards 

The results for 2020 are...

2020 would have been the 26th year for the Ontario Wine Awards (OWA). Unfortunately, COVID-19 put paid to the usual rigorous judging of entries by 24 highly qualified tasters. However, the OWA team was determined that we celebrate the quality of Ontario’s VQA wines in the fashion of
the day.

So, they reached out to judges, who had participated in the last three years of the competition, and asked them to nominate the top three white, red and sparkling wines they had tasted during the year. From their responses, OWA tabulated the top scoring wines. In addition, the judges were asked to vote on whom they considered should be honoured with the title 'Winemaker of the Year’, sponsored by Quench Magazine.

The results for 2020 are:

Allen's Red Wine of the Year Award
Rosehall Run 2018 JCR Pinot Noir, Rosehall Vineyard

Quench Magazine White Wine of the Year Award
Charles Baker 2017 Riesling, Picone Vineyard

Canadian Food & Wine Institute at Niagara College Sparkling Wine of the Year Award
Henry of Pelham Family Estate 2014 Cuvée Catharine Carte Blanche Estate Blanc de Blanc

Quench Magazine Winemaker of the Year Award
Philip Dowell, Angels Gate Estate Winery

IWEG is proud to be a silver sponsor of the Ontario Wine Awards.


Melville Road Vineyard

Harvest and post-harvest winter prep help needed

IWEG students, alumni and instructors are invited to help Melville Road Vineyard in Prince Edward County get through harvest and post-harvest winter prep. Interested students may contact melville@melvilleroad.ca directly for more information.


Jane Anson's Inside Bordeaux

Delve into the region's wines and winemakers

Inside Bordeaux by celebrated wine author Jane Anson is a ground-breaking guide to the region. The 708 pages of Inside Bordeaux feature 58 brand-new full colour maps, including sets in ‘gatefolds’ – a first for wine publishing. For Bordeaux-lovers, this resource will prove a long-term companion, covering not just the newest trends but also older vintages. Inside Bordeaux is an invaluable guide to finding quality and value across the world’s largest fine-wine region.

Order this epic book via All the Right Grapes Inc. for $110.00 CAD plus 5% GST and shipping (free in the GTA). Order Inside Bordeaux


Fall Courses

Mix of Remote and In-Person Delivery

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines


Date: Tuesdays, September 15th - November 3rd @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, October 19th - November 23rd @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Date: Wednesdays, September 2nd - December 2nd @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Enrollment still open
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Date: Tuesdays, September 8th - December 8th @ 10AM - 12PM
Enrollment still open
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WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

Date: Mondays, November 2nd - 23rd @ 10:30AM - 1:30PM
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Date: Tuesdays, September 8th - December 8th @ 10AM - 12PM
Enrollment still open
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Spanish Wine Scholar 

Date: Thursdays, October 1st - November 19th @ 6:30PM to 8PM
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Italian Wine Scholar: Unit 2

Date: Thursdays, November 5 - December 17th @ 6:30PM to 8PM
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Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines


Date: Monday, November 8th - Sunday, December 6th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, November 8th - Sunday, December 6th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

Date: Monday, November 8th - Sunday, December 6th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, September 28th - Sunday, November 1st
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, September 28th - Sunday, November 1st
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, September 14th - Sunday, November 15th
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format during the 2020-21 academic year.