Vine to Cellar - IWEG News Sep. 16, 2021

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Become a Certified California Wine Expert

The Capstone California Wine Certification Program is a comprehensive study of California wine. Presented by the Wine Institute, the program offers four levels of study, from novice to expert. Each builds on the level prior, and covers history, lore, geography, climate, soils, grapes, viticulture, vinification, aging and maturation, wine laws, official classifications, producers, vintages and the business of wine.

In partnership with California Wines, IWEG students are invited to register for the Introductory Level 1 of the Capstone California Wine Certification Program for free (value of $175USD)!

The Introductory Level 1 covers six hours of wine curriculum, beginning with major eras in the history of California wine, including the Mission era, post-Gold Rush, Prohibition and modern times. Level 1 candidates will:

  • Learn how California's geography, the Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges affect viticulture and wine styles.
  • Acquire fundamental knowledge of grape-growing practices and the specifics of viticulture compared to other agriculture, including the ability to identify and describe the important grape varieties grown in California.
  • Receive an introduction to the American Viticultural Area (AVA) system, including the world-famous AVAs of Napa Valley, Sonoma County and Santa Barbara County.
  • Explore California's iconic wineries, such as Ridge Vineyards, Frog’s Leap Winery and Robert Mondavi Winery.
  • Learn about the key statistics for California wine in global production, consumption and exports.
The program launched on September 13th and will remain open for six weeks until October 18th. There is no tasting requirement to obtain the certificate. A grade of 60% or higher on the final exam is required to pass.

IWEG's top five Level 1 students will be offered the Intermediate Level 2 course for free in 2022 (value of $375 USD)!

Here's why you should sign up for the WSET Diploma Level 4 in Wines

The market-leading WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines qualification provides expert level knowledge and develops key analytical skills for success in the global wine business. Perfect for both the trade professional and the serious enthusiast, the course will arm you with specialist-level skills and experience, plus international recognition as an expert in the field of wine.

Holders of the Diploma will be able to identify characteristics of the principal wines of the world, make informed assessments of a product's quality and value, and identify appropriate opportunities for the products within a given market. 

Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to underpin the job requirements in such roles as Food & Beverage Manager, Wine Buyer or Sales Executive.

The Diploma fulfills the prerequisite for the wine qualification requirement for entry to the Master of Wine (MW) program.

Registration remains open for the in-class WSET Diploma program in September and the online WSET Diploma program in October.

If you are interested in the WSET Diploma program and would like to learn more, we would be happy answer your questions. Please email Krystenne MacMullin at

The IWEG experience

As the leading organization in wine, spirits and sake education in Canada, IWEG has offered the WSET Level 4 Diploma since 1988.

Our 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 having the largest amount of Diploma graduates in Canada!

IWEG has been offering Diploma studies for longer than any institute outside of the WSET School in London, which means we enjoy a long history of student success. Our current pass rate for the most rigorous component, "Wines of the World", is 22 percent higher than the global average pass rate for this unit of study.

Our passionate and highly qualified Diploma educators, who come from different fields within the trade, provide on-going support to help you master the analytical tasting skills and supplemental theoretical knowledge necessary to succeed.

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 @ Wine Academy
Date: Tuesdays, October 5th - November 2nd @ 6:30pm - 9:30pm
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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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Spanish Wine Scholar
Date: Thursdays, October 7th - December 9th @ 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 4th - Sunday, October 31st
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, October 4th - Sunday, November 7th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, October 11th - Sunday, December 12th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, September 27th - Sunday, November 28th
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

Certificate in Irish Whiskey - 
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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North West Wine Expedition Masterclass

When you’re learning about wine, you know it’s not simply about getting from Point A to Point B. To dig deep on anything, there’s a journey. Study, explore, grind. There’s no one-stop-shop… except maybe this event.

Predomme Strategic Marketing invite you to explore the Pacific Wine Route with them on September 22 at 11am - 2:30pm @ The Globe and Mail Centre, #1600.

In the spirit of expedition and discovery, take a page from Lewis and Clark: come taste through the green, gentle slopes of Oregon’s unique beauty, and emerge through Columbia River to find the stern, mighty desert of Washington State.

Oregon & Washington State Wine Expedition is a trade event and is only open to those working in the wine business. Members of the wine community who would like to attend can email with their details to reserve a spot. This is a seated, distanced, and scheduled tasting with proof of vaccination required.

Inside story: online vs in-person WSET courses

Are you trying to decide if you should sign up for an online or in-person course? Undoubtedly there are huge differences between the two experiences, but both offer unique benefits. Learn more in this overview by WSET Global