What am I tasting - IWEG Newsletter Feb. 08, 2019

« Back to News
CONGRATULATIONS TO IWEG'S WSET DIPLOMA GRADUATES
 
Congratulations to our new 2018WSET Level 4 Diplomagraduates: Alexander Jose Agbayani Mascardo, Alexander Boyd, Kerri Crawford, Liane Gillies, Malcolm Lamont, Megan McDonald, Alec Merkt-Caprile, Yuuji Nagaoka, Ann Patel, John Praskey, Melissa Pulvermacher, Mike Roberts, Chris Robertson, William Roman, Marc-Olivier Vaillancourt and Joel Wilcox. 

IWEG surpassed our 182 WSET Diploma graduates number as we continue to hold the record for the largest amount of WSET Diploma graduates in Canada!

THE NEW WSET LEVEL 4 DIPLOMA IN WINES

The WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines is WSET’s new flagship qualification that will replace the current Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits from August 2019. The key changes are:

  • removal of spirits to allow more in-depth coverage of wine
  • an increase in the delivery time for the Wines of the World Unit
  • a different assessment format for the two ‘foundation’ Units - covering wine production and wine business - tailored to new Learning Outcomes to ensure candidates have achieved the required knowledge for success in later Units
  • a new in-depth research assignment designed to assess the candidate’s ability to research beyond WSET’s learning materials to evaluate the current trends in wine.

Following the Unit-based format of the current Diploma, the new qualification will be supported by new digital learning materials and dedicated educator resources to promote first-class learning.

For more details about planned changes to the Diploma, along with guidance for students currently in the Diploma programme and those considering enrolling on a Diploma course, watch this video.

"The new Diploma in Wines has been designed as a market-leading qualification that will set a new global standard for wine education, building on the success of the current Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. The programme will improve the student experience throughout the study and exam cycle, providing them with expert-level product knowledge whilst enabling the development of professional skills key to success in the global wine business." - Karen Douglas, WSET Director of Global Education

Students interested in learning more about IWEG's 2019 WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines are encouraged express their interest in the program by contacting Krystenne MacMullin for further information.


IWEG'S DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IS GEARING UP FOR SPRING

Christopher Waters DipWSET was appointed Director of Education at IWEG in January. Christopher is responsible for the leadership, implementation and management of delivery of all Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and Wine Scholar Guild (WSG) programs at the school. Here's an update on what he's been up to:

The winter semester is up and running, which means there’s no end of excitement at IWEG these days. On any given night, we’re engaging students tackling WSET Level 2Level 3 orDiploma studies as well as those pursuing Italian Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar courses. Our Yonge street classrooms are abuzz with the passionate pursuit of wine appreciation. Spirits and Sake courses are waiting in the wings, ready to launch in the spring. Never a dull moment!

Behind the scenes, we’re gearing up for the new WSET programs for Level 2 and Diploma. These respected certification courses are being retooled to better reflect the modern world of wine. The new course materials will no doubt inspire teachers and students alike. Watch this space.

Joining the team at IWEG allows me to work with an esteemed team of wine professionals, who are here to help students meet the challenges of their coursework and gain better insight into the world of wine, spirits and sake. I invite you to look over our upcoming schedule of courses and masterclasses as I’m sure you’ll find things of interest. Pleasereach out if you have any questions or comments. 

UPCOMING COURSES 
 
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Saturday, February 23rd @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake - hurry, class starts soon!
Date: Saturday, February 9th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Tuesdays, April 2nd and April 16th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - Condensed
Date: Saturdays, March 9th, 23rd and 30th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
 - Sudbury!
Date: Wednesdays, March 20th - May 1st @ 6PM - 9PM
Location: Collège Boréal
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines - Condensed
Date: Mondays, March 25th - May 27th @ 10:30AM - 4PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake 
Date: Saturday and Sunday April 13th, 14th, 27th and 28th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Italian Wine Scholar - Northern Italy
Date: Thursdays, March 28th - May 30th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

French Wine Scholar - hurry, class starts soon!
Date: Wednesdays, February 13th - April 24th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Ontario's Brave New Wines
Date: Saturdays, February 23rd - March 23rd @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Wines Of Portugal Academy Intermediate Certification  - new!
Date: Saturday, April 6th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Wines Of Chile Academy Ambassador Certification
Date: Wednesday, May 29th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

DISTANCE LEARNING AT IWEG
For students living more than 60 miles from one of IWEG’s classroom locations, or otherwise unable to attend scheduled lectures, IWEG offers online WSET courses:

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 
Date: Saturday, March 2nd - Friday, March 29th
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Saturday, February 23rd - Friday, March 22nd
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 
Date: Saturday, March 16th - Friday, April 19th
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 
Date: Saturday, March 2nd - Friday, April 5th
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Saturday, March 16th - Friday, May 17th
Location: Online
Register Now!

ONTARIO'S BRAVE NEW WINES 

Ontario's Brave New Wines is a beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring Ontario for those working in the industry, looking to join the industry or wine enthusiasts.

Prerequisite: None. Expect to spend 6 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course, outside of the classroom.

Ontario's Brave New Wines course is now into its fifth successful year and IWEG continues to develop and broaden the learning experience for students and connoisseurs of Ontario wines.  

This is a certified program in collaboration with the Ontario Craft Wineries and candidates successful in passing the final exam will hold a recognized certificate as an Ontario Wine Specialist.

For the 2019 program, we are excited and proud to welcome again wine educator Dave Larocque. Dave has lived his love for wine for over 30 years, initially as a product consultant with the LCBO, then subsequently working at many Ontariowineries, and as a wine educator and trainer for Canadian winery staff, Niagara College, the Wine Council of Ontario, and staff of numerous restaurants.  He recently authored a book titled ‘The Wine Appellations of Ontario’.  His newest venture, WineCulture, brings the enjoyment of wine to groups across Canada through presentations and tastings in an educational and entertaining approach.

Students will attend four full days of study with each morning focusing on the wine appellations of Ontario and basic wine education, while the afternoons will present insightful tasting opportunities with a number of local winemakers, each addressing unique aspects of their winemaking style that builds on the morning studies. The final day will bring the classroom work to life with a field trip to three leading Niagara wineries. 

In collaboration with Ontario Craft Wineries , these 4 sessions of learning and tasting celebrate local wines, growers and producers and give insight into the bold venture that is winemaking in Ontario. 

Come and meet some of Ontario’s leading edge wine makers, enjoy their award-winning wines and learn more about how the trail-blazing Ontario wine industry is preparing for the future.

Ontario's Brave New Wines
Date: Saturdays, February 23rd - March 23rd @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WINE WORKSHOP FOR THE CHINESE COMMUNITY
 
To satisfy the increasing demand from Chinese community for wines and spirits education, IWEG is delighted to announce that it will offer WSET Mandarin courses starting in 2019! A free workshop is organized for wine lovers on Sunday February 24th (Mandarin speakers only). Instructors will demonstrate how to taste wine in a professional way and participants can expect an exciting blind tasting session and interesting wine topics. The workshop will also offer useful drinking tips (which are helpful in Chinese New Year gatherings) and an introduction to IWEG’s Wine and Spirits Chinese Program (WSCP). The tasting will be led by Nancy Wang and Yan Xuan.
 
Space is limited! Please RSVP: wechat: wscpcanada
 
Nancy Wang is a passionate wine lover. She was born in China and studied English Literature and Russian. After spending a decade in education, she moved on and entered into the business world. Being a Vice President for nearly 20 years, she has accumulated substantial experiences in business management. Having finished WSET Level 2 and Level 3 in Shanghai and now both a WEST Diploma student and an instructor for WSCP course at IWEG, she is excited to share her knowledge and rich experience with the Chinese community in Toronto.

Yan Xuan has always been fond of wine. But it wasn't until he had a taste of the 2004 Chablis Grand Cru "Moutonne" that wine became his true passion. Never did he imagine that a wine could be so exquisitely complex. Majoring in Chemical Engineering from Ryerson University, he entered the wine industry with not only a wide-range of experience in wine tasting artistry, but also an in-depth understanding of the science behind wine making. He also has been working with a specialty wine store as a buying consultant.
 
Yan Xuan has completed WSET Levels 2 and 3, and now he is a WSET Diploma candidate. Yan has spent several summers in his favourite regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux, Mosel and Ningxia. He would like to share his passion and knowledge of wine with people, in Mandarin and English.

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, February 28th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Discover some of the regions, varieties, terroir and amazing biodiversity from South Africa that make for magic wines from a magical place. Presented by Wines of South Africa.

International Riesling Day on Wednesday, March 13th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Come and celebrate International Riesling Day with Master of Wine Eugene Mlynczyk. A special Riesling birthday cake will be served at the end of the masterclass. Presented by Wines of Germany.

Malbec World Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 16th @ 7PM - 9PM: On the Eve of Malbec World Day, join Wines of Argentina and Christopher Waters, DipWSET for a celebration of Argentina's iconic varietal. Though originally from Southwest France, this red varietal is better suited to Argentine soil than any other. In Argentina Malbec found ideal environmental conditions for its development and gave origin to exceptional wines. Argentina is known as the producer of the finest Malbec Wines.

California Zinfandel on Wednesday, May 15th @ 7PM - 9PM: Find out why Zinfandel reigns supreme in the eyes of many. Led by Eugene Mlynczyk, MW. Presented by the California Wine Institute.

California Pinot Noir on Thursday, September 26th @ 7PM - 9PM: Discover the super quality and breadth of styles of California Pinot Noir. Led by Eugene Mlynczyk, MW. Presented by the California Wine Institute. 

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 ReynoldsRoger Torriero and  Rose-Anne St. Jean
French Wine Scholar
Date: Wednesdays, February 13th - April 24th @ 7PM - 9PM hurry, class starts soon!
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, February 23rd @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET LEVEL 1 AWARD IN SPIRITS + so much more

 WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits is a beginner level spirits course for those starting a career in the industry or beginning to explore spirits for personal interest.

Prerequisite: None

This 6-hour course provides a hands-on introduction to the world of spirits, liqueurs and cocktails.

You will:
  • Explore the main types and styles of spirits through sight, smell, and taste
  • Learn how to describe spirits accurately using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)
  • Develop an understanding of the main steps of spirits production
  • Enjoy an extended exploration of cocktails, lead by local cocktail experts, Victoria Walsh and Scott McCallum
Upon successful completion of a 30-question multiple-choice exam you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin.

Course includes:
  • WSET Level Award in Spirits Workbook
  • Tutored tasting of 9 benchmark spirits, and 2 cocktails
  • Hands-on group activities
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam
  • Special cocktail session with Victoria Walsh and Scott McCallum

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Tuesdays, April 2nd and April 16th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINES AND SPIRITS

 WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is 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
WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - Condensed
Date: Saturdays, March 9th, 23rd and 30th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
 - Sudbury!
Date: Wednesdays, March 20th - May 1st @ 6PM - 9PM
Location: Collège Boréal
Register Now!

WINES OF PORTUGAL ACADEMY INTERMEDIATE LEVEL 2

The Wines of Portugal Academy Intermediate Certificate(Level 2) will be offered at IWEG for the first time in Ontario in spring 2019!

This 6-hour course is created by ViniPortugal.

You will: 

  • discover the 10 most important native grape varietals 
  • understand winemaking techniques
  • tour the unique sub-regions
  • taste 16 diverse wines showcasing Portugal's diverse terroirs

The course is taught by Wines of Portugal Academy educator Sofia Salvador.

Students successful in the course will receive a professional accreditation from the Wines of Portugal Academy. Explore the history, taste a variety of wine styles, and further your knowledge of the native grape varietals of this great winemaking region! This one-day course is ideal for trade professionals seeking professional accreditation and Portuguese wine enthusiasts.

Wines Of Portugal Academy Intermediate Certification  - new!
Date: Saturday, April 6th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!


WINES OF CHILE ACADEMY AMBASSADOR CERTIFICATE

IWEG is the first wine school in Canada to offer the Wines of Chile Academy certification!

Chile is a viticultural paradise and is one of the oldest wine producing countries of the new world, with vines first planted in 1548. Wines of Chile Academy has been created by Wines of Chile to offer structured courses to trade professionals as well as for Chilean wine enthusiasts.

A Certificate of Recognition as a Wines of Chile Academy Ambassador will be issued upon successful completion of a 3.5 hour evening course (including final assessment). Taught by authorized Wines of Chile Educator and IWEG's WSET Diploma coordinator Peter Wearing DipWSET.

This course is ideal for trade professionals seeking professional accreditation and Chilean wine enthusiasts! 

Wines Of Chile Academy Ambassador Certification
Date: Wednesday, May 29th @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!


IWEG IS THE SILVER SPONSOR OF THE 2019 ONTARIO WINE AWARDS
Judging for the 2019 Ontario Wine Awardswill take place at IWEG on Sunday, May 5, 2019. Each entry is assessed blind by panels of accredited wine judges from the wine writing and teaching community. The criteria for judging the entries not only involve having an appreciation for wine, but also include a knowledge and expertise of wines from the Ontario region. The judging will be led by Tony Aspler, founder of the Ontario Wine Awards.

The Ontario Wine Awards recognize VQA varietal quality in 27 different categories and acknowledge winners in Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal levels. There are also distinctive awards given out honouring the Winemaker of the Year, White Wine of the Year, Red Wine of the Year, Wine Journalism Award, and Best Label Design.

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

February Social Media Contest Winner
Congratulations to Greg Nyman for winning this month's social media contest! Here is Greg's winning post from the WSET Level 1 Award in Sake in Ottawa.

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
What a bottle of wine costs around the world - Food and Wine (02/05/2019)
Your expensive Italian wine might be a fake, authorities warn - Fortune (02/04/2019)
Irish whiskey is making strong inroads with the millennial market - Forbes (01/31/2019)

IWEG Events

Wines of South Africa on Thursday, February 28th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Discover some of the regions, varieties, terroir and amazing biodiversity from South Africa that make for magic wines from a magical place. Presented by Wines of South Africa.

International Riesling Day on Wednesday, March 13th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Come and celebrate International Riesling Day with Master of Wine Eugene Mlynczyk. A special Riesling birthday cake will be served at the end of the masterclass. Presented by Wines of Germany.

Malbec World Day Celebration on Tuesday, April 16th @ 7PM - 9PM: On the Eve of Malbec World Day, join Wines of Argentina and Christopher Waters, DipWSET for a celebration of Argentina's iconic varietal. Though originally from Southwest France, this red varietal is better suited to Argentine soil than any other. In Argentina Malbec found ideal environmental conditions for its development and gave origin to exceptional wines. Argentina is known as the producer of the finest Malbec Wines.Wines of South Africa on Thursday, February 28th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Discover some of the regions, varieties, terroir and amazing biodiversity from South Africa that make for magic wines from a magical place. Presented by Wines of South Africa.

Do you have an event you'd like to share with the IWEG community? Please send all event details to marketing@iweg.org.

FEATURED PARTNERS

Thank you to our partners for supporting IWEG's educational programming. For a full list of our partners, visit here.