Wine Trends in 2020 May. 28, 2020

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VQA at Home

Stay virtually connected with Ontario wineries

Each Thursday at 7pm, hosts John Szabo DipWSET and Christopher Waters DipWSET lead a live learning and tasting session on Wine Country Ontario's Instagram.

Upcoming sessions:

  • Thursday April 30th – Episode 3: Discover Ontario’s Signature Reds
  • Thursday May 7th – Episode 4: Food Pairing 101

Wines from Southbrook Vineyards delivered right to your door:

Southbrook Vineyards is an organic and biodynamic winery located in Niagara-on-the-Lake. We recommend the Triomphe Pack which includes the unreleased 2019 Cabernet Franc!

Southbrook has generously offered to make a donation of 15% to IWEG for every order during this time. Show your support to an exceptional Ontario winery and to not-for-profit wine education by adding the word 'IWEG' under Special Instructions during checkout to ensure a 15% donation will be made.

Direct delivery to your door is available in Niagara, Hamilton, Oakville, Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Guelph, Kitchener/Waterloo, Stratford, London, Port Hope, Peterborough, Barrie and Ottawa. Add the words 'Purple Glove Delivery IWEG' under Special Instructions during checkout.

View and purchase Southbrook wines!


The German Wine Delivery Hub

Finding wine near you

In the spirit of supporting businesses both locally and nationally under the current circumstances, Wines of Germany Canada has created an online delivery hub with information on agents and retailers in Canada offering local delivery of German wine – organized by province.

Learn more about German wines:


Wines Trends in 2020

Champagne and Alsace by the numbers

Wine Scholar Guild’s Academic Advisor Andrew Jefford has decades of experience watching the French wine industry evolve. In a three-part series, he takes a look at the 2020 wine trends shaping French wine. Check out his first two articles about Champagne and Alsace:

Champagne by the Numbers: Wine trends that are shaping the Champagne region, its landscape, its climate, the industry and ultimately, how winemakers are adapting in the cellar.

Alsace by the Numbers: From larger vineyards to the prospect of Premier Crus — not to mention the impacts of climate change on the region’s bevy of varieties — let’s take a look at Alsace’s recent history and where the region as a whole is headed.


Celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day

Show the love on Friday, May 1

Celebrate International Sauvignon Blanc Day online on Friday May 1!

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc fans around the world are invited to share their love for this pure and vibrant wine by posting on social media with the hashtags #sauvblancday and #nzwine


Online Learning

NEW - WSET Level 1 Award in Wines Condensed on ZOOM

Date: Wednesdays, May 13 - 27
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Exam will be at IWEG in Toronto at a later date.
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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, May 25th - Sunday, July 26th
Exam will be at IWEG in Toronto on Saturday, June 27th at 11:30 am.
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Date: Monday, June 29th - Sunday, July 26th.
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Thursday, July 30th at 11:30 am.
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, June 1st - Sunday, June 28th
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Saturday, July 4th at 11:30 am. 
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, May 11th - Sunday, June 14th
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Saturday, June 20th at 11:30 am.
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Date: Monday, May 25th - Sunday, June 28th
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Saturday, July 4th at 11:30 am.
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Date: Monday, June 8th - Sunday, July 12th 
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Saturday, July 18th at 11:30 am.
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Date: Monday, June 22nd - Sunday, July 26th
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Saturday, July 30th at 11:30 am.
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, May 11th - Sunday, June 14th
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Saturday, June 20th at 1:30 pm.
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Date: Monday, May 25th - Sunday, June 28th
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Saturday, July 4th at 1:30 pm.
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Date: Monday, June 29th - Sunday, August 2nd 
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Saturday, August 8th at 1:30 pm.
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, May 11th - Sunday, June 14th
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Tuesday, August 25th at 10:30 am.
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Date: Monday, May 25th - Sunday July 26th
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Tuesday, August 25th at 10:30 am.
Register Now!

Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, August 9th 
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Tuesday, August 25th at 10:30 am.
Register Now!

NEW - WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, June 7th - Sunday, August 8th 
Exam will be @ IWEG in Toronto on Saturday August 21st at 10:30 am.
Register Now!