Unfiltered - IWEG Monthly Newsletter Sep. 06, 2018

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WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Congratulations to WSET Level 1 Award in Wines student Vedran Lesic, recipient of the Wines of South Africa study scholarship to continue studying at IWEG in 2018-2019! Vedran will continue his studies at IWEG with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines this fall. 

“I am making my way up to the Level 4 WSET diploma in my wine eduction with ambitions upon completion to work in importation and distribution. The IWEG and Wines Of South Africa scholarship comes as a great show of support and encouragement.” - Vedran Lesic

Wines of South Africa
Wines of South Africa (WOSA) is a fully inclusive body, representing all South African producers of wine who export their products. WOSA, which was established in its current form in 1999, has over 500 producers on its database, comprising all the major South African wine exporters. It is constituted as a not-for-profit company (sec21) and is totally independent of any producer or wholesaling company. It is also independent of any government department, although it is recognized by government as Export Council.

WOSA's mandate is to promote the export of all South African wines in key international markets. Traditional markets include the United Kingdom, Germany Sweden and the Netherlands. More recently, WOSA has also been developing markets for South African wines in the United States, Canada, Russia, and Asia.

For more information on Wines of South Africa, visit the website at www.wosa.co.za.

ELSA MACDONALD IS A MASTER OF WINE
 
The Institute of Masters of Wine has named ten new Masters of Wine including IWEG WSET Diploma instructorElsa MacDonald. Congratulations to Elsa and all the new Master of Wines!

There are now 380 Masters of wine, based in 30 countries. The new Members of the IMW have proved their understanding of all aspects of wine by passing the Master of Wine examination, recognized worldwide for its rigour and high standards.Learn more about the new Master of Wines.

Elsa Macdonald was a management consultant in the telecom and financial sectors until 2003 when she heeded the call to pursue her passion for wine and changed careers. Now Director of Wine Education at Arterra Wines Canada, Elsa shares her knowledge and zeal for wine with sommeliers, WSET Diploma students and trade professionals across the country. She serves on the national board of directors for the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and is certified by the same body. When she isn't teaching or tasting you can find Elsa exploring the world’s wine regions where she continues to cultivate her experiences and engage others in her passionate pursuits. Elsa also holds a master of science (telecom) from Syracuse University, New York and a bachelor's degree from Ryerson University, Toronto.
 

WSET LEVEL 4 DIPLOMA: WEEKEND IN NIAGARA
As the leading organization in wine, spirits and sake education in Canada, IWEG has offered the WSET Level 4 DiploIWEG's newestWSET Level 4 Diploma students began their diploma studies with a weekend in Niagara wine country learning about viticulture and vinification. WSET Diploma candidate Roger Ouellette documented the weekend with the following photos: 
Students attended presentations at Niagara College on viticulture and pest management by viticulture experts Dr. Wendy McFadden-Smith and Dr. Andrew Reynolds, and a presentation on wine making by the award winning grape grower and winemaker Sue-Ann Staff.
 
They also toured vineyards and wine making facilities with vineyard and winemaking staff at Arterra Wines Canada (Dorchester Road), Stratus Vineyards, Dillon’s Distillery, Southbrook Vineyards and Henry of Pelham.  

As the leading organization in wine, spirits and sake education, IWEG has offered the WSET Diploma in Canada since 1988. Our 166 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 largest amount of Diploma graduates in Canada!

We wish the best of luck to our new diploma students in their upcoming studies!
 

WINE SCHOLAR GUILD COURSES
The Wine Scholar Guild is an international provider of wine education programs. The Guild provides study and certification programs on the wines and wine regions of France, Italy and coming soon, Spain. Originally created as the French Wine Society, the organization quickly became the leading provider of French wine study and certification programs internationally. In order to accommodate wine industry requests for equally detailed study programs on Italy and Spain, the French Wine Society reorganized as the Wine Scholar Guild.

IWEG's WSET Diploma candidate Harumi Kojima Mingo is both a French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar. We invited her to share her experience with the programs:

"I took the Italian and French Wine Scholar programs because I have been fascinated by the wines and wanted to know more about them, including the histories behind them, the topography etc... I remember how much I was excited when I heard from a friend of wine (2016-2018 WSET Diploma student Alex Mascardo) about the programs! 

As someone who has never visited Italy and has hardly visited France (only Calais and the area so far), studying the programs was like traveling through the two countries and learning about them and their wines. It was nice to discover the wine regions that were not discussed in WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and to taste the wines from these regions, as well as wines from more well-known wine regions. 

The instructors were knowledgeable, helpful and wonderful!"

FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR
 
French Wine Scholar is an in-depth specialist certification focused on the diverse wines and wine regions of France. The French 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 France and validate proficiency in the wines and wine regions of France.

Prerequisite: None. However, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is recommended, and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is preferred. Expect to spend 25 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course outside of classroom hours.

This 25-hour course provides detailed coverage of French AOC wines, as well as an introduction to French history, geography, viticulture and winemaking.

You will:
  • Develop specialist knowledge of the AOC wines of Alsace, Champagne, Jura, Savoie, Burgundy, Loire, Bordeaux, Rhône, Languedoc, Roussillon, Southwest France, Provence and Corsica
  • Appreciate the cultural context of French wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample a range of exemplary wines, including many that are rare and difficult-to-source
Upon successful completion of a 100-question multiple-choice exam (passing grade is 75%) you will receive the French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential, certificate and lapel pin.

Course includes:
  • FWS 280-page Study Manual (new 6th edition)
  • A full-year access to all FWS online resources (slides, videos, interactive quizzes, webinars, etc.)
  • Exam registration fee
  • Tutored tasting of over 55 wines
  • Diverse hands-on group activities designed to enhance recall and address different learning styles
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam
  • Instruction by Nancy Reynolds and  Rose-Anne St. Jean
French Wine Scholar
Date: Thursdays, October 4th - December 13th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR
IWEG is the Italian Wine Scholar Program Provider of the Year 2017!

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.

Prerequisite: None. However, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is strongly recommended, and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is preferred. Expect to spend from 25 to 50 hours of preparation and review over the duration of each Unit outside of classroom hours.

Each 18-hour Unit provides detailed coverage of Italian wines, as well as an introduction to Italian history, geography, viticulture and winemaking. 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
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample a range of exemplary wines, including many that are rare and difficult-to-source
  • Each Unit culminates in a 100-question multiple-choice exam. Students achieving a composite score of at least 75% for both exams will receive the IWS credential, certificate and lapel pin.
Each Unit of the Course includes:
  • Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) Study Manual and workbook
  • A full-year access to all IWS online resources (slides, videos, interactive quizzes, webinars, pronunciation exercises etc.)
  • Exam registration fee
  • Tutored tasting of over 40 wines per Unit
  • Diverse hands-on group activities designed to enhance recall and address different learning styles
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam
  • Instruction by Nancy Reynolds and  Rose-Anne St. Jean
Italian Wine Scholar
Date: Tuesdays, October 2nd - December 4th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
 

UPCOMING COURSES 
In-class
 
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Saturday, September 15th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, September 29th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Thursdays, November 1st and 8th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 
Date: Tuesdays, September 18th - November 27th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - Wine Academy
Date: Tuesdays, October 9th - November 20th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: Wine Academy, B101, 67 Richmond St. W.
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - Sudbury
Date: Wednesday, October 31st - December 19th @ 6PM - 9PM
Location: Collège Boréal, 21 Lasalle Boulevard
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 
Date: Wednesdays, October 24th - December 5th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - Condensed 
Date: Mondays, September 10th - November 19th @ 10:30AM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Mondays and Wednesdays, September 19th - December 3rd @ 7PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, November 10th - November 24th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Italian Wine Scholar
Date: Tuesdays, October 2nd - December 4th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

French Wine Scholar
Date: Thursdays, October 4th - December 13th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Wines of Portugal Academy Level 1
Date: Saturday, October 20th @ 1PM - 5PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Wines of South Africa
Date: Thursday, September 27th @ 10:30AM - 12PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

California Chardonnays
Date: Thursday, October 11th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Zinfandel
Date: Thursday, October 25th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

The Wines of Austria
Date: Tuesday, November 13th  @ 2PM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Wines For All Occasions: Exploring the Wines of the Loire Valley - Les Rosés et Les Rouges
Date: Thursday, November 15th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Bourgogne Terroir: "Macon + name of village"
Date: Thursday, November 22nd  @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Uco Valley Master-Class with Sebastian Zucardi
Date: Monday, November 26th @ 2PM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Excellence of New World Sparkling
Date: Wednesday, December 5th  @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

The Wines of Hungary
Date: Thursday, December 6th  @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Online

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines - New!
Date: Saturdays, October 6th - Friday, November 24th
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits - New!
Date: Saturdays, October 6th - Friday, November 2nd
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 
Date: Saturdays, September 29th - Friday, November 2nd 
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 
Date: Saturdays, September 29th - Friday, November 2nd 
Location: Online
Register Now!
 

IWEG SIGNATURE SERIES
“IWEG’s signature series offers a superb opportunity to dive deeply into specific areas, illustrated by top quality wines. They should be part of everyone’s ongoing education." - John Szabo Dip WSET, MS @johnszabo
 
The Signature Series brings you innovative seminars throughout the academic year that highlight current and relevant subject matter with a unique educational edge. Designed to engage our alumni, students and consumers these seminars are an excellent platform to continue learning, develop tasting skills and to network with fellow industry.

Wines of South Africa on Thursday, September 27th @ 10:30AM - 12PM: Discover the hidden gems and world-class wines from South Africa with Charles Back from Fairview Farm! Presented by Wines of South Africa.

California Chardonnays on Thursday, October 11th @ 7PM - 9PM: Taste the incredible, diverse range and styles of California Chardonnay wines, sourced from a number of different AVA's. Led by Eugene Mlynczyk MW.Presented by the California Wine Institute.   

Zinfandel on Thursday, October 25th @ 7PM - 9PM: Find out why Zinfandel reigns supreme in the eyes of many. Led by Eugene Mlynczyk MW.Presented by the California Wine Institute. 

The Wines of Austria on Tuesday, November 13th  @ 2PM - 4PM: Join John Szabo MS for an exploration of why Austria’s wines are now highly prized both by wine experts and wine lovers all around the world. Presented by Austrian Wine.

Wines For All Occasions: Exploring the Wines of the Loire Valley - Les Rosés et Les Rouges on Thursday, November 15th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Join Pascaline Lepeltier, Master Sommelier, on behalf of InterLoire, as she spotlights the red and rosé wines of the Loire Valley. Presented by InterLoire.

Bourgogne Terroir: "Macon + name of village" on Thursday, November 22nd  @ 7PM - 9PM: Supported by the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB), Master of Wine Eugene Mlynczyk will guide you on a tour of Macon's premium villages.

Uco Valley Master-Class with Sebastian Zuccardi on Monday, November 26th @ 2PM - 4PM: Taste the wines of Mendoza's Uco Valley with Sebastian Zuccardi, the third generation of the Zuccardi family now leading the business and adopting a regional approach to Uco. Presented by Wines Of Argentina. 

Excellence of New World Sparkling on Wednesday, December 5th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Traditional method sparkling wines from renowned new world wineries. Oyster Boy will be joining us to address this pairing of perfection. 

The Wines of Hungary on Thursday, December 6th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Join John Szabo, MS, in a unique master class on the wines of Hungary, with wines generously supplied by the Hungarian Embassy in Ottawa.
 

WINES OF SOUTH AFRICA MASTER CLASS
Discover the hidden gems and world-class wines from South Africa with Charles Back from Fairview Farm!

About Charles Back:
Charles Louis Back is the third generation owner of South African wine and cheese producer Fairview, in Paarl in the Western Cape Province. Charles Back studied winemaking at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch. He officially joined his family’s company in 1978 and took over full control in 1995 after the death of his father, Cyril. 

Today, Charles Back is known as one of the great entrepreneurs and innovators of the wine world – an individual who likes nothing more to swim against the stream. From the start, he has done things differently, introducing Mediterranean grapes such as Viognier, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah to the Cape. He then expanded the Fairview umbrella to three arterial sub brands - La Capra, Bloemcool and Goats Do Roam - a brand which went on to become the highest selling South African wine brand in the United States following its introduction in 2000. 



Charles has always been an advocate of social development in the Cape. Under Apartheid, he was one of a number or producers who campaigned for and implemented better conditions for farm workers. In 1997, he established the Fair Valley workers association, which gave is employees a chance to farm their own land. More recently, he’s given shares in Fairview to longstanding employees from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, a project that is complemented by FAIRTRADE accreditation. 



Always one to take a risk on new projects, Charles is also the man who pioneered what subsequently became the Swartland Revolution, rediscovering an area that is now one of the hippest and most exciting in the Cape. After stumbling across an old Tobacco farm in Malmesbury, he opened the cellar doors to his second premium wine brand, Spice Route Wines, which has its tasting room at his popular tourist attraction next door to Fairview, Spice Route Destination in Paarl.



In 2017, Charles Back became one of the most awarded winemakers in South Africa, honoured with prestigious titles such as the 1659 Wine Industry Medal of Honour 2017 and the South African Farmer of the Year 2017. 

He continues to pursue his passion for uplifting his community, working with the people on the farm and delivering a consistently high-quality and value-filled product to his customers. 

About Fairview Farm:
Fairview Estate is a third-generation family-owned farm, located on the slopes of the Paarl Mountain in the winelands of the Western Cape. With a winemaking heritage that dates back to 1693, Fairview has developed a reputation as one of South Africa’s leading wine producers that has been bottling wine under its own label since 1974. Under the guidance of owner Charles Back, who joined his father at the farm in 1978, Fairview is driven by its philosophy of being authentic, honouring the farm’s heritage and always innovating. 

Wines of South Africa
Date: Thursday, September 27th @ 10:30AM - 12PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
 

WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN WINES + so much more
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. The course content was recently updated to present course information in a simpler and more logical format, while the new food and wine pairing exercises feature more wines and a greater range of styles.

Prerequisite: None

This one-day, 6 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
  • Practise selecting wines to match with diverse menu options
  • Learn how to describe wine using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.
The course includes:
  • WSET L1 Wines Workbook
  • Tutored tasting of 10 wines, including sparkling and fortified
  • 6-item tasting flight of chef-prepared foods (alert us to allergies/preferences upon registering)
  • Hands-on group activities
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam
The course is led by Karen LaVigne and Carrie Rau.
 
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Saturday, September 15th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
 

WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SAKE
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.

Prerequisite: None

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 
Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake will be taught by IWEG instructor and Advanced Sake Professional Michael Tremblay.
 
The course includes:
  • WSET L1 Sake Workbook
  • Tutored tasting of 10 samples, aligned with WSET specification
  • Enhanced food and sake pairing exercises (alert us to allergies/preferences upon registering)
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, September 29th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!


WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINES AND SPIRITS
Seven top performing IWEG students in this course will receive study scholarships from E&J Gallo Winery Canada, Drinks Ontario, Wines of Argentina, the California Wine Institute, Wines of Germany and Wines of Greece to continue studying at IWEG with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines in 2018-2019!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spiritsis a beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in the industry, looking to join the industry or wine and spirit enthusiasts.

Prerequisite: None. Expect to spend 12 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course, outside of the classroom.

This 20-hour course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills.

You will:
  • Understand how wine is made
  • Explore major grape varieties and key wine-growing regions
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that influence the style of wines
  • Learn what classifications and other labelling terms mean
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample wines, sparkling wines, fortified wines, spirits and liqueurs
  • Understand and be able to apply basic principles of wine storage, service and food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
Upon successful completion of a 50-question multiple-choice exam (at least 55% to pass) you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

The course includes:
  • WSET course-pack (text book, study guide, SAT card)
  • Tutored tasting of wine samples aligned with WSET specifications
  • 6 ISO tasting glasses
  • Access to IWEG’s unique student resources, including videos, maps, slide presentations and other study aids
  • Bonus class on Argentinian wines presented by Wines of Argentina ( Regular format @ IWEG Drinks Academy and Wine Academy locations only)
  • 4 different food pairings prepared by in-house chef (@ Wine Academy location only)
WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 
Date: Tuesdays, September 18th - November 27th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - Wine Academy
Date: Thursdays, October 9th - November 20th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: Wine Academy, B101, 67 Richmond St. W.
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - Sudbury
Date: Wednesday, October 31st - December 19th @ 6PM - 9PM
Location: Collège Boréal, 21 Lasalle Boulevard
Register Now!
WSET LEVEL 3 AWARD IN WINES
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is an advanced level course for wine industry professionals, or those seeking to join the profession, or for wine enthusiasts wishing to develop a deeper understanding of wine.

Prerequisite: None, however successful completion of WSET Level 2 Wines and Spirits is recommended, or an equivalent level of  wine knowledge, as is experience with writing English at the college level. Expect to spend 50 hours of preparation and review outside of the classroom over the duration of the course. Please contact the office if you wish to take an optional “readiness” exam.

This 40-hour course provides in-depth and detailed understanding of how human and natural factors in vineyard and winery affect wine style, quality and price. It further develops systematic tasting and description skills. You will:
  • Explore in detail grape varieties, wines and wine-growing regions
  • Develop a thorough understanding of grape-growing and wine-making practices
  • Be able to explain how and why various vineyard and winery factors shape wines of all styles and quality levels
  • Assess and describe wine with confidence, and be able to make storage and service suggestions
  • Learn how to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • Upon successful completion of a tasting test and a theory test - please note candidates are required to pass both components with at least 55% - you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
The course includes:
  • WSET course-pack (text book, study guide, SAT card)
  • Tutored tasting of all wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines specified by WSET
  • Thirty minutes per session of exam prep including progressive writing exercises, quizzes, and blind tasting practice
  • Access to seven formal tests, with feedback provided by IWEG’s Director of Education
  • Access to IWEG’s unique student resources, including videos, maps, slide presentations, a weekly study planning guide and two extensive study packs
  • Bonus class on Californian wines presented by the California Wine Institute

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - Condensed 
Date: Mondays, September 10th - November 5th @ 10:30AM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Mondays and Wednesdays, September 19th - November 26th @ 7PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!


NEW ZEALAND WINEGROWERS SOMMELIER SCHOLARSHIP SOMMIT™ 2019

New Zealand Winegrowers Canada has opened applications for the 2019 Sommit™ Scholarship for Sommeliers from coast to coast.

First launched in 2015 with Sommeliers Australia, the scholarship is now a global initiative with the 2018 Canadian winners joining scholars from Australia, Asia, Europe, New Zealand and the USA.
The New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship provides passionate wine ambassadors the opportunity to take part in a memorable wine experience, discovering the regions, varieties, landscapes and personalities that make New Zealand wine unique.

Limited to just 20 sommelier attendees, the 2019 Sommit™ will be held in Hawke's Bay on Friday January 25th and Saturday January 26th. Hosted by Master of Wine Stephen Wong, the events are a celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with emphasis on the facets that resonate with the sommelier community. Joining Stephen this year as a host, will be former alumni of the Sommit™, Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn.

The Sommit™ programme is a unique and catered experience for sommeliers to explore the world of New Zealand wine and to meet and network with fellow sommeliers to discover and share their stories and best practices. Our objective is that the winner of this scholarship will become a Canadian ambassador for New Zealand wine, helping to tell the story and increase sales of New Zealand wines in restaurants within their community.

The winner of the scholarship this year will also be invited to attend the 2019 International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration in Marlborough on Monday January 28th to Wednesday January 30th, as well as the Chardonnay and Sparkling Symposium in Gisborne on Thursday January 31st to Friday February 1st.

Candidates are expected to have a strong passion for the wine industry and a keen interest in learning about New Zealand wines. Those interested and eligible, please apply at nzwine.com/en/events/new-zealand/new-zealand-wine-sommit/sommeliers-in-canada/

For any queries with regard to the scholarships available from Canada, please contact Melissa Stunden - New Zealand Winegrowers Canada Market Manager: melissa@amcc-inc.com
 

WSET DIPLOMA CANDIDATES FACEBOOK GROUPS 

Are you a WSET Diploma student at IWEG? Join our Facebook Group! This group is for you to share resources, questions, connect and keep up with the industry. IWEG will be posting industry events and useful resources to the group. Please feel free to share your own tips and updates. Click here to join the group.

WSET has also created a Facebook group for the global alumni community to connect and share ideas. Click here to join the group.


STUDENT CORNER

September Social Media Contest Winner
Congratulations to Adrienne Bertrandfor winning this month's social media contest! Here is Adrienne's winning post from the WSET Diploma Niagara trip.

Social Media Contest 
We encourage you to share any photos, videos or messages about your IWEG experience in and out of the classroom on your social media! Tag us in your next social media post for a chance to win tickets to upcoming tastings and other special prizes. Each post will be entered into a monthly draw. Winners will be notified and featured in our monthly newsletters.

Be sure to include one of our social media handles in your post:

IWEG's social media handles:
Twitter: IWEG_Canada 
Facebook: IWEG Drinks Academy
Instagram: IWEG_Canada
Hashtags: #iweg and #iweg40

Student and Instructor Photos 
Do you have any photos of your experience at IWEG? We want to share them on our social media channels and in our newsletters. Send any photos to marketing@iweg.org.


INDUSTRY NEWS AND EVENTS

News
How wine affects your whiskey - Wine Enthusiast (09/04/2018)
Canned wine is no longer a fad, it's a $45 million business - CNBC (09/01/2018)
I’ll drink to that: the best wine podcasts - The Guardian (08/31/2018)

IWEG Events

Wines of South Africa on Thursday, September 27th @ 10:30AM - 12PM. $95. Discover the hidden gems and world-class wines from South Africa with Charles Back from Fairview Farm!

California Chardonnays on Thursday, October 11th @ 7PM - 9PM: Taste the incredible, diverse range and styles of California Chardonnay wines, sourced from a number of different AVA's. .    

Zinfandel on Thursday, October 25th @ 7PM - 9PM. $95. Find out why Zinfandel reigns supreme in the eyes of many. Led by Eugene Mlynczyk, MW.

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