Where there's a wine - IWEG Monthly Newsletter Nov. 05, 2019

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Celebrate Carmenère

Uprooted and in disguise

Carménère is one of the most ancient European grape varietals that was ‘lost’ and then rediscovered. Originally a prevalent grape in red Bordeaux blends (along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot), the phylloxera plague wiped out most French vines in the 1860s. When the Bordeaux growers began to replant their vines, many avoided the varietal because of its vulnerability to mildew rot. The Old World presumed that Carménère went extinct. 

Meanwhile in the New World winemaking country of Chile, the grape was enjoying a Mediterranean climate alongside other Bordeaux grapes brought over pre-phylloxera in the 1850s. In fact, there was more Carmenère planted in Chile than had ever been used in Bordeaux. Yet for more than a century, the Carmenère vines were mistaken for Merlot. 

In 1994, French grape botany expert or ampelographer Jean-Michel Boursiquot, noticed that some of the “Merlot” vines  in Chile took longer to ripen. Boursiquot research concluded that nearly 50% of the Merlot planted in Chile was actually the long lost Carménère variety of Bordeaux. Chile officially recognized Carménère as a staple variety in 1998. These days, Carménère is so popular in Chile and beyond that it has its own holiday. Enjoy its red fruit and pepper flavour profile on International Carménère Day on November 24!

Learn more about the mysterious grape with the Wines of Chile Academy!

Congratulations to our new 2020 WSET Level 4 Diploma graduates

Graduates are invited to attend the annual WSET Awards & Graduation Ceremony in London

"IWEG is proud of our WSET Diploma graduates. We are delighted to see that the hard work and dedication of our students, as well as the excellence in teaching of our specialized WSET Diploma instructors, leads to higher pass rates and the successful achievement of the WSET Diploma qualification. The WSET Diploma is a 'game changer' in terms of career and personal development, and we congratulate our students for their hard work and success." - Paul Miles Dip WSET, Executive Director 

Our new 2020 WSET Level 4 Diploma graduates are: 

Nik Antunovich
Nell Best
Emily Craig
Gabriella Guo
Amanda Johnson
Joey Kruger
Colleen McHughan
Tim Ouellette
Rebecca Pettigrew
Carrie Rau
Aleksandar Simic
Adelaide Smith
Martin Verhoeks
Jiaming Wang
Rui Wang

Importing Wine, Beer & Spirits for Pleasure & Profit Seminar

Saturday, November 9th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM

Join Charles Steven Trenholme for this day long seminar that provides insights into the dynamics of importing wine, craft beers & spirits into Canada. Charles Steven brings to the seminar 35+ years of experience working in various capacities including managing national sales agency, brand management, sommelier and as educators.

IWEG students, graduates and staff will receive a 10% discount on the seminar by using the promo code 'IWEG' when they register on eventbrite.Learn more

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Stellar pass rates this fall

Congratulations to our fall WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits students for all passing the course with distinction or merit! 

With an ever-growing choice of spirits coming to the Canadian market with more and more people choosing to enjoy distilled drinks, there is a growing need for education to build customer and staff understanding of the liquid inside the bottle.

IWEG's new spirits instructor is Christina Veira, a highly respected and sought after educator from the spirits community. Chosen as one of Imbibe Magazine’s Imbibe 75, she has occupied every front-of-house position (and a couple in the kitchen) while pursuing certifications in wine and beer, even winning a cocktail competition here and there. When not in her present role managing a multi-venue event space, Christina's focus is on industry education, event execution and using the hospitality industry as a catalyst for community engagement and fundraising.

Christina will be teaching the revamped WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits again on Mondays, April 20 - May 25 @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM. Sign up now!

Upcoming Courses

Starting soon at IWEG:

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Saturday, November 9 @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Saturday, December 7th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines - Condensed
Date: Saturdays, November 16th - November 30th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Online Learning

Starting soon at IWEG:

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, November 11th - Sunday, December 8th 
Location: Online
Register Now!
Dates and times subject to change.

Student Corner

Social Media Contest Winner

Congratulations to Craig Haynes for winning this month's social media contest! This is Craig's winning post from the Italian Wine Scholar course at Algonquin College in Ottawa. 

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo 2019

Three days of masterclasses and engaging activities 

WSET Global is returning to Gourmet Food & Wine Expo 2019 from Thursday, November 21 - Sunday, November 24 with a selection of tutored tastings (separate tickets needed to attend) aimed at boosting your tasting skills and getting you up to speed with aromatised wines, ports and food and wine pairing techniques.

IWEG instructors Karen Lavigne, Christina Veira, Paul Miles, Robert Gravelle and Michael Tremblay will all be leading tutored tastings. Buy tickets here.

Member Pricing to Toronto Winetasters Society Events

Winetasters Society of Toronto is one of Toronto's oldest and largest non-profit clubs offering fine wine tasting events to members for over thirty years. They have one of the best cellars in Toronto with over 3,500 bottles and the tastings include many fabulous regions and aged selections of outstanding wines.  

IWEG students, alumni and instructor pay member pricing to their events - use the code 'IWEG' when registering for an event to receive the member rate! Visit winetasters.ca for upcoming events.

Featured Partners

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