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Learning Advice from Geoffrey Moss MW, DipWSET 

IWEG WSET Diploma alum and new Master of Wine Geoffrey Moss MW, DipWSET shares his learning advice:

When I was just starting my professional career, I thought credentials would help to bolster my credibility. But, in truth, it was the act of working towards those post-nominal letters that made the biggest difference, both personally and professionally. I realized I had to make the time and put in the work if I wanted to be successful. Having a study partner helped to keep me focused and honest, while also offering an important alternate perspective. It wasn’t an easy or smooth journey, but that just made me want it more. You’ll realize when you’re ready to pass.

Geoffrey is the principal of Lithica Wine Marketing, a boutique branding and marketing agency with a focus on direct-to-consumer sales and marketing. After graduating with a degree in political science from McGill University, Geoffrey took the only logical next step and enrolled in a winemaking and viticulture programme. His approach to sales and marketing is informed by working for some of the leading wineries in Canada along with his experience both in the vineyard and cellar. Geoffrey takes a customer-centric approach with the aim of elevating brands by creating long-term brand ambassadors. He is also a wine writer and critic, with contributions to Gismondi on Wine. Geoffrey resides in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.


Become an Italian Wine Scholar

From Toscana to Sicilia, and every Central and Southern wine region in between 

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. 

Develop specialist knowledge of Toscana, Marche, Abruzzo, Umbria, Lazio, Molise, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Sardegna, Sicilia and Calabria.

Unit 2 takes place via Zoom this fall on Thursdays, November 5 - December 17th @ 6:30PM to 8PM. 

Sign up now!


Discover Japan's National Beverage with Sake Samurai Michael Tremblay 

Learn more in just 2 Mondays via Zoom

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake s a beginner level introduction to sake for those starting a career in the industry or beginning to explore sake for personal interest.

You will learn: 

  • The basic principles of sake production
  • The main types and styles of sake
  • How to serve sake
  • Factors affecting the flavour of sake
  • How to describe sake using the WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to Tasting Sake® (SAT)

The course will take place on Mondays, November 16th and 23rd @ 10AM - 1PM.

Optional sake tasting:

Metropolitan Wines and Sakes have arranged for a 6-bottle (300ml format) package of sakes at $105 + tax. These sakes will be used during the SAT tasting component of the course but are not mandatory for course completion. If interested, contact Vivian at Metropolitan Wines and Sake by email at vivian@metrowines.com to arrange payment and delivery within the GTA and Montreal. Sign up now!


IWEG Bursary Programs for BIPOC Students in Canada

Two WSET Level 1 bursaries are still available

This past summer, IWEG developed a bursary program for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) students in Canada for the academic year September 2020 to June 2021. Two bursaries for qualifying students are still available for WSET Level 1 Award in Wines, Spirits or Sake. Learn more about the bursary program.


WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Enrollment still open!

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 is taught in a blended learning format:

  • Five 2-hour synchronous online sessions (live and recorded) on the Zoom platform on Saturdays, October 17th - December 5th @ 9:30AM - 11:30AM
  • In-class tasting and exam preparation workshops at IWEG 
  • Remote invigilation exam on December 12th @ 9:30AM

Sign up now!


WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 

Enrollment still open!

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 is 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 
  • Remote invigilation exam on December 5th at 11:30AM

Sign up now!


Fall Courses

Mix of Remote and In-Person Delivery

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake


Date: Mondays, November 16th and 23rd @ 10AM - 1PM
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines - Enrollment still open!

Date: Saturdays, October 17th - December 5th @ 9:30AM - 11:30AM
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits - Enrollment still open!

Date: Monday, October 19th - November 23rd @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM
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Spanish Wine Scholar - Enrollment still open!

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, November 9th - Sunday, December 13th 
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Date: Monday, November 16th - Sunday, December 20th 
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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.