Wine Culture - IWEG News Mar. 26, 2021

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Vinequity Scholarship Program

Vinequity has open their first round of scholarship applications. The IWEG partner believes access to high quality wine education and the support to excel in such programs are vitally important to diversifying the ranks of the wine industry, especially in leadership roles. Scholarships range from $250-$5000 to a variety of top tier wine education programs such as the Court of Master Sommeliers, and the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Scholarship applicants are invited to select the monetary amount and educational resources that will best aid them in their career trajectory.

The application deadline is April 9, 2021 and scholarships will be awarded April 30, 2021.

To apply, applicants must meet the scholarship eligibility requirements: 
  • At least 19 years of age
  • Identify as Black, Indigenous or Person of Color
  • Applicant must specify a specific course, education provider and enrollment date to which they are requesting funding
  • Completed and signed scholarship application that meets the criteria and includes all required attachments, which must be postmarked or electronically submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the application deadline date (April 9, 2021) to be considered for the scholarship.

Learn all about spirits with expert bartender Christina Veira

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits is a beginner to intermediate level spirits course for enthusiasts or those working in the industry, or hoping to enter the industry. There are no prerequisites.

This course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills. 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 about cocktail equipment, ingredients, basic techniques and main cocktail families
The course will be a blended learning format of five 2-hour online synchronous sessions (live and recorded) on the Zoom platform. Upon confirmation of registration, students will receive details from Christina about how to receive a selection of spirit samples (included in tuition fee) for guided online tasting using the SAT during the online sessions.  
The course will take place on Mondays, April 12th - May 10th @ 2:30pm - 4:30pm and is taught by Christina Veira.

Sign up now!


Winter 2021 Courses

Certificate in Irish Whiskey - NEW!
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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Blended Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Wednesday, March 23rd - April 6th @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 
Date: Wednesdays, April 7th - May 26th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Date: Tuesdays, May 25th - July 13th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 
Date: Mondays, April 12th - May 10th @ 2:30pm - 4:30pm
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines 
Date: Tuesdays, May 18th - August 24th @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
Date: Mondays, May 3rd - June 5th @ 10:30am - 1pm
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Spanish Wine Scholar
Date: Thursdays, September 23rd - November 25th @ 6:30pm - 8pm
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Online Learning
IWEG offers online WSET courses through WSET’s Online Classroom, which allows you to study alongside your peers under the guidance of a dedicated educator. A minimum number of hours of study per week is recommended (which varies depending on the course) to successfully complete each course and regular participation is essential.

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, April 5th - Sunday, May 2nd
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Date: Monday, April 26th - Sunday, May 23rd
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Date: Monday, May 3rd - Sunday, May 31st
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 
Date: Monday, April 26th - Sunday, May 23rd
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
Date: Monday, April 26th - Sunday, May 23rd
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines 
Date: Monday, April 12th - Sunday, May 16th
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Date: Monday, April 19th - Sunday, May 23rd
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Date: Monday, May 3rd - Sunday, June 6th
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, May 10th - Sunday, June 6th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Monday, April 5th - Sunday, June 6th
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Date: Monday, April 19th - Sunday, June 20th
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Date: Monday, May 3rd - Sunday, July 4th
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WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits
Date: Monday, April 5th - Sunday, June 6th
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In-class

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines - Sudbury

Date: Tuesdays, May 25th - July 6th @ 6pm - 9pm 
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All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format.

April Marks California Wine Month in Canada

Celebrate the Golden State this April by raising a glass to California Wine Month. California wines are as alive as the place they are grown – fresh and flavorful, distinctive and memorable. Open a bottle and you will discover wines that are food-friendly, fresh, exciting and above all delicious! Feel good about what is in your glass as 80% of wines from California are sustainably made

Enjoy special virtual tastings, virtual events, retail promotions, special offers and more taking place throughout the month.

Pick up a bottle of California Wine, celebrate California Wine Month and embrace ‘The Golden State of Mind’ as you usher in spring. Cheers!

Wine culture in Germany named an intangible cultural heritage

Wine culture in Germany was included in the national register of intangible cultural heritage on March 19, 2021 on the recommendation of the expert committee of the German Commission for UNESCO at the Conference of Ministers of Culture.

This was based on an application submitted by the German Wine Academy (DWA) in October 2019 to the responsible secretariat for World Heritage in Rhineland-Pfalz at the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture.

The Committee of Experts is honouring wine culture in Germany as an open, lively and adaptable cultivation of a tradition that is firmly anchored in society. The reasoning also stressed that the wine culture in Germany includes social aspects, linguistics, crafts and cultural landscape as well as numerous festivals and customs. It shapes the rhythm of life of many people and therefore often contributes to local identity, especially in the wine-growing regions.

The preservation of wine as a cultural asset

"We are overjoyed and, together with all the supporters of wine culture in Germany, are very happy about this decision," said the managing director of the German Wine Academy, Monika Reule. “This honours the achievements of the people who bring wine culture to life and develop it further. We are sure that with the inclusion in the national register of intangible cultural heritage, these efforts to preserve our wine as a cultural asset along with its cultural landscapes, will gain even greater public awareness and the appreciation they deserve. "

From the beginning, the application of the German Wine Academy was supported by the State of Rhineland-Pfalz through the Ministry of Economics, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture and was advised by the Ministry of Science, Further Education and Culture. In addition, the German Wine Academy is especially grateful for the support of so many people who are actively involved in shaping wine culture nationwide, said Reule. This broad support was certainly one of the decisive factors for the success of the application.

Discover the wines of Germany, one bottle at a time!

Each month, in collaboration with Wines of Germany, we will present a featured wine of the month that is available through the LCBO. Purchase the featured wine and practice your tasting skills for a chance to win a Wines of Germany prize package!

The March wine is the single vineyard Quarzit Riesling 2018 (LCBO#:18251), a first time release from Harald Hexamer in Germany's Nahe region.
 
This terroir-driven Riesling was chosen this month in honour of Riesling's birthday on March 13, the date of the grape's first documented existence in 1435, in a cellar log from Germany's small Hessische Bergstrasse wine region. Share your tasting note with us!
 
Purchase the Quarzit Riesling 2018.

Here’s how to participate:
1. Purchase Quarzit Riesling 2018. at the LCBO.
2. Take a picture of the wine and write a short tasting note on the wine.
3. If you are on social media, post your photo and tasting note and tag IWEG and Wines of Germany Canada on any or all of these social media platforms:
Facebook: @germanwinecanada and @IWEGDrinksAcademy
Instagram: @germanwinecanada and @iweg_canada
Twitter: @germanwineca and @IWEG_Canada
4.Send your photo, tasting note, copy of LCBO receipt and contact and mailing details by email to IWEG at marketing@iweg.org.
The name and submitted photo and tasting note of the winner will be published in the IWEG newsletter by April 8.

Contest details:
From January to June, we will present a featured wine of the month for IWEG students that is available through the LCBO retail network.

Each month a winner will be selected to receive a Wines of Germany prize package that includes a $50 LCBO Gift card redeemable on German wine and Wines of Germany swag.

The selected winner will be contacted by IWEG to confirm mailing details.

Effort will be made to select wines that are readily available in LCBO stores and online to allow time for wine pick up or delivery.

Riesling Day: 586 Years Youn‪g‬
Learn more about Riesling with the special podcast episode of 'D’Amato & Szabo: Wine Thieves.