Wine Champion - IWEG News and Events Oct. 08, 2020

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Become a Wine Scholar this Fall

Spanish Wine Scholar starts tonight!

The Spanish Wine Scholar provides current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of Spain. Developed and administered by the Wine Scholar Guild (WSG), the course is aimed at advanced students of wine whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. The course will taught by IWEG's Spanish wine specialists and WSG approved instructors Kim Berdusco DipWSET and Caitlin Ferguson DipWSET. The course takes place Thursdays, October 8th - November 26th @ 6:30PM to 8PM. Special enrollment offer at $950 (regular price $1,100).

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The Italian Wine Scholar program is an official 2-unit 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. Unit 2 takes place Thursdays, November 5 - December 17th @ 6:30PM to 8PM. 

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World Sake Day

Celebrate with the Sake Institute of Ontario 

Our WSET Level 3 Sake course taught by WSET Certified Sake Educator and Sake Samurai Michael Tremblay is back this November in a blended learning format:  

  • Four 3-hour synchronous online sessions (live and recorded) on the Zoom platform on Mondays, November 2nd - 23rd @ 10:30AM - 1:30PM
  • In-class tasting and exam preparation workshop at IWEG on Saturday, November 28th @ 11AM - 5PM
  • Exam at IWEG on Sunday, November 29th @ 11:30AM

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake provides in-depth understanding of the production methods that affect sake style, quality and price. It develops systematic tasting and description skills, as well as the ability to make recommendations. You will:

  • Explore in detail the techniques employed in sake production
  • Understand how these techniques affect sake style and quality
  • Experience a range of principal and specialty types of sake, evaluating quality, identity and price, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake® (SAT) during the tasting and exam preparation workshop.
  • Appreciate the historic and current cultural and commercial significance of sake in Japan and in export markets
  • Assess and describe sake with confidence, and be able to make selection, storage and service suggestions

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Life In The Time Of COVID-19: Vinequity

Meet some of the women behind Vinequity

Vinequity aims to ensure that people who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour (including BIPOC people who identify as LGBTQ+ or are living with a disability) who work in all aspects of the wine industry are given equitable treatment and opportunities to access, grow and thrive as visible leaders in the Canadian Wine Industry. Jamie Drummond of the Good Food Revolution recently interviewed three of the seven women behind Vinequity. Watch the video interview here.

IWEG is proud to partner with Vinequity as the national provider of Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and Wine Scholar Guild (WSG) certification programs for their scholarship recipients. To maximize access to learning opportunities, IWEG will contribute 50 percent of the WSET and WSG course costs for every Vinequity scholarship recipient.


WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Explore the style and quality of wines from over 70 wine growing regions around the world

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines is a beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines for those working in the industry, looking to join the industry or for wine enthusiasts. The October blended learning course will be taught by Karen LaVigne DipWSET and Carrie Rau DipWSET.

You will:

  • Learn how wine is made
  • Explore the style and quality of wines made from over 22 regionally important grape varieties produced in over 70 wine growing regions around the world
  • Explore how environmental factors, grape growing, winemaking and maturation options influence the style and quality of wines made from eight principal grape varieties
  • Learn how classifications and other labelling terms indicate origin, style and quality
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines
  • Learn how to understand and be able to apply basic principles of wine storage, service and food and wine pairing
  • Learn how to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)

The course comprises of five remote (via Zoom) theory classes and three in-person tasting workshops. The final exam will be offered remotely via WSET's Remote Invigilation Services.

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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 

Explore major spirits categories and styles, as well as liqueurs, vermouth and cocktails

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits taught by WSET Certified Spirits Educator Christina Veira is back this fall in a blended learning format. 

In this course, you will:

  • Explore major spirits categories and styles, as well as liqueurs, vermouth and cocktails
  • Learn in detail about the 4 main steps in spirits production
  • Learn what labelling terms mean
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample a range of benchmark examples using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Spirits® (SAT)
  • Understand basic principles of spirits storage and service
  • Learn hands-on about cocktail equipment, ingredients, basic techniques and main cocktail families

Christina will be teaching our fall WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits in a blended learning format:

  • Five 2-hour synchronous online sessions (live and recorded) on the Zoom platform on Monday, October 19th - November 23rd @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM
  • In-class tasting and exam preparation workshops at IWEG on Monday, November 9th and 30th @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM
  • Remote invigilation exam in December

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Importing Wine, Beer, Spirits for Pleasure & Profit

Day-long seminar led by Charles Steven Trenholme 

Join Charles Steven Trenholme for the day-long seminar Importing for Wine, Beer & Spirits For Pleasure & Profit, which 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. 

Charles Steven knows first-hand that there are still hundreds of suppliers around the world actively looking for importers to represent them in Canada, providing the opportunity to develop a full or part-time career in this dynamic industry. There are also sales and brand ambassador positions available for those with certified sommelier training. 

Many of Ontario’s top importers & agents started their careers after attending Charles Steven’s seminar. They readily agreed that they gained valuable insight to the ins & outs of importing beverage alcohol, as well as the operations of the LCBO. 

Charles Steven has offered this seminar since 1993 receiving rave reviews from The Globe & Mail, Wine Tidings, Toronto Life, Toronto Sun, The Hamilton Spectator, Wine Access, Vines Magazine as well as CBC Radio. 

Importing for Wine, Beer & Spirits For Pleasure & Profit will take place online on Saturday, November 7th at 9:30am - 4pm. IWEG students, alumni and instructors will receive a 10% discount off the course when they register with the promo code IWEG. Sign up now!


Fall Courses

Mix of Remote and In-Person Delivery

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Date: Saturdays, October 17th - December 5th @ 9:30AM - 11:30AM
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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 Sake

Date: Mondays, November 2nd - 23rd @ 10:30AM - 1:30PM
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Spanish Wine Scholar 

Date: Thursdays, October 8th - November 26th @ 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 9th - Sunday, December 6th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, December 6th
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, December 6th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, October 19th - Sunday, November 22nd
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Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, December 13th 
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, November 16th - Sunday, December 20th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, January 17th
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format during the 2020-21 academic year.