Winter warm up - IWEG Monthly Newsletter Dec. 06, 2018

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM IWEG

Warmest thoughts and best wishes from the IWEG team to our students, sponsors and partners this holiday season! May this time of year be an opportunity to rest and celebrate with loved ones. We look forward to providing our students with an unparalleled wine, spirits and sake learning experience in 2019.


IWEG OFFICE CLOSURE
The IWEG office will be closed for the holidays from December 17th - January 1st. The office will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd. Registration for all of our Winter 2019 courses will continue to be available through our website during the holiday season.
 
We have personalized gift cards that can be redeemed towards any course or event offered at IWEG. Gift cards are valid for both in-class and distance learning until the end of the academic year June 30, 2019. Purchase gift cards!

IWEG INSTRUCTOR EXCELLENCE

IWEG is delighted to recognize Julia Rogers as Instructor Emeritus andMichael Tremblay as Instructor of the Year for their outstanding commitment and passion in helping our students achieve their personal or professional goals.

Michael will be teaching WSET Level 1 Award in Sake and WSET Level 3 Award in Sake in the winter.

UPCOMING COURSES 
In-class
 
WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Saturday, January 19th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake - Ottawa!
Date: Saturday, January 26th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: Algonquin College
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake
 - Ottawa!
Date: Sunday January 27th@ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: Algonquin College
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WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

Date: Saturday, February 9th @ 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits
Date: Tuesdays, January 29th and February 5th@ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - Waterloo!
Date: Sundays, January 13th - March 24th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: The Bauer Kitchen
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits

Date: Wednesdays, January 16th - April 3rd @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
 - Condensed
Date: Saturdays, March 9th, 23rd and 30th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
 - Sudbury!
Date: Wednesdays, March 20th - May 1st @ 6PM - 9PM
Location: Collège Boréal
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Tuesdays, January 15th - May 14th @ 7PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

Italian Wine Scholar - Central and Southern Italy
Date: Thursdays, January 24th - March 21st @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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French Wine Scholar
Date: Wednesdays, February 13th - April 24th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Ontario's Brave New Wines
Date: Saturdays, February 23rd - March 23rd @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Wines Of Chile Academy Ambassador Certification
Date: Thursday, February 21st @ 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
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Online

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits 
Date: Saturdays, January 5th - Friday, February 1st
Location: Online
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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines
Date: Saturdays, January 5th - Friday, February 1st
Location: Online
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits 
Date: Saturdays, January 26th - Friday, March 1st
Location: Online
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WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits 
Date: Saturdays, March 16th - Friday, April 19th
Location: Online
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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Saturdays, February 16th - April 19th 
Location: Online
Register Now!
 
Winter 2018 courses are now open for registration. Sign up early to hold your spot!

WINES OF ARGENTINA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 
Congratulations to WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits student Geena Lee, recipient of the Wines of Argentina study scholarship to continue studying at IWEG in the new year.
 
"I am beyond grateful to be the recipient of the Wines of Argentina Scholarship. Without it, I would not have been able to continue my education at the time. Over the course of my studies at IWEG, I have gained more than I imagined, including a deeper appreciation and understanding of wine. I am looking forward to diving deeper into the wines of Argentina in the near future. Thank you IWEG, the Consulate General of Argentina and Wines of Argentina for this incredible opportunity."

Wines of Argentina
Wines of Argentina is the organization that, since 1993, promotes the Argentine wine brand and image worldwide, spreading knowledge of the winemaking regions of Argentina. In addition, WOFA contributes to direct the country's export strategy by studying and analyzing changing trends in consumer markets.

Its aim is to contribute to the consolidation of Argentina as one of the main wine exporting countries in the world and to the global success of the Argentine wine industry by enhancing its positive image in the wine trade, among opinion leaders and consumers. It currently provides services to member wineries from every Argentine wine region and helps them to promote their products around the world. It organizes numerous events such as fairs, trade shows, tastings and other activities in the USA, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Europe and elsewhere.

For more information on Wines of Argentina, visit the website at winesofargentina.org and follow on Instagram and Twitter: @winesofarg or Facebook.com/winesofargentina

IWEG SIGNATURE SERIES
“IWEG’s signature series offers a superb opportunity to dive deeply into specific areas, illustrated by top quality wines. They should be part of everyone’s ongoing education." - John Szabo Dip WSET, MS @johnszabo
 
The Signature Series brings you innovative seminars throughout the academic year that highlight current and relevant subject matter with a unique educational edge. Designed to engage our alumni, students and consumers these seminars are an excellent platform to continue learning, develop tasting skills and to network with fellow industry.

The Wines of Hungary on Thursday, December 6th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Join John Szabo, MS, in a unique master class on the wines of Hungary, with wines generously supplied by the Hungarian Embassy in Ottawa.


New Zealand Wine on Thursday, January 24th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Join Elsa MacDonald MW for an exploration of how distinctive winegrowing regions, unique soils and climatic conditions result in unique wines. Presented by New Zealand Winegrowers.

Wines of South Africa on Thursday, February 28th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Discover some of the regions, varieties, terroir and amazing biodiversity from South Africa that make for magic wines from a magical place. Presented by Wines of South Africa.

SPANISH WINE SCHOLAR: EARLY BIRD PRICE

Developed and administrated by the Wine Scholar Guild, the new Spanish Wine Scholar program is aimed at advanced students of wine whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. The development of the curriculum involved many Spanish wine consejos reguladores, which shared resources, information and assistance. The Wine Scholar Guild incorporated this body of information into a study program covering viticultural and winemaking practices, grape varieties, topography, climate, soils, history and wine laws for all Spanish wine regions. There is no other study and certification programme in the world that covers Spain with such breadth and depth. The material is comprehensive and updated every year.

Prerequisite: None. However, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is recommended, and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is preferred. Expect to spend 20 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course outside of classroom hours.

This 16-hour course provides detailed coverage of Spanish wine regions, as well as an introduction to Spanish history, geography, viticulture and winemaking. You will:
  • Develop specialist knowledge of the DO / DOCa regions involving: Green Spain; Duero River Valley, La Rioja, Ebro River Valley/Levante, Catalunia, Meseta, Andalucia, Islands.
  • Appreciate the cultural context of Spanish wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample a range of exemplary wines, including many that are rare and difficult-to-source
  • Upon successful completion of a 100-question multiple-choice exam (passing grade is 75%) you will receive the Spanish Wine Scholar (SWS) credential, certificate and lapel pin.
Course includes:
  • SWS Study Manual, which includes a foundation unit covering Spanish wine law, grape varieties, viticulture and winemaking plus individual chapters on all of the wine regions of Spain.
  • A full-year access to all SWS online resources (slides, videos, review quizzes for self-evaluation, flash-cards, downloadable maps, instructor Q&A forum for personal assistance, webinars, and student forum for community interaction etc.)
  • Exam registration fee
  • Tutored tasting of approximately 50 wines
  • Diverse hands-on group activities designed to enhance recall and address different learning styles
  • Instructed by a specialist team of IWEG educators, including Lead Educator and one of the  globally top-ranked Wine Scholar Guild educators, Nancy Reynolds
A special early bird registration price of $895 all inclusive is on offer until December 31, 2019. The course fee is subject to change in January 2019.

Spanish Wine Scholar
Date: Tuesdays, October 1st - November 19th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET LEVEL 2 AWARD IN WINES AND SPIRITS: INSTRUCTOR PROFILE

Robert Miller has over twenty-five years experience in the beverage industry. A certified Sommelier with the International Sommelier Guild, Miller also holds accreditation with The Wine & Spirits Education Trust in the UK, the American- based Society of Wine Educators and the Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as a Certificate in Oenology & Viticulture from the University of Guelph. He currently works with wine distributor The Vine Agency, as well as running his drinks consulting and promotions company, ‘guud wein’.

Rob will be teaching WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits in Waterloo and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines this winter.

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is a beginner to intermediate level qualification exploring wines and spirits for those working in the industry, looking to join the industry or wine and spirit enthusiasts.

Prerequisite: None. Expect to spend 12 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course, outside of the classroom.

This 20-hour course provides fundamental product knowledge and systematic tasting skills.

You will:
  • Understand how wine is made
  • Explore major grape varieties and key wine-growing regions
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that influence the style of wines
  • Learn what classifications and other labelling terms mean
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample wines, sparkling wines, fortified wines, spirits and liqueurs
  • Understand and be able to apply basic principles of wine storage, service and food and wine pairing
  • How to describe wine using the WSET Level 2 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
Upon successful completion of a 50-question multiple-choice exam (at least 55% to pass) you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.

The course includes:
  • WSET course-pack (text book, study guide, SAT card)
  • Tutored tasting of wine samples aligned with WSET specifications
  • 6 ISO tasting glasses
  • Access to IWEG’s unique student resources, including videos, maps, slide presentations and other study aids
  • Bonus class on Argentinian wines presented by Wines of Argentina
WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits - Waterloo!
Date: Sundays, January 13th - March 24th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: The Bauer Kitchen
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits

Date: Wednesdays, January 16th - April 3rd @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
 - Condensed
Date: Saturdays, March 9th, 23rd and 30th @ 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits
 - Sudbury!
Date: Wednesdays, March 20th - May 1st @ 6PM - 9PM
Location: Collège Boréal
Register Now!

WSET LEVEL 3 AWARD IN WINES: INSTRUCTOR PROFILE

Caitlin Ferguson's desire to work in the wine industry dates back to her time living and working in France as an English language assistant, where she was inspired by French culture and the ties between food and wine traditions. She began by studying at Central Washington University where she completed the World Wine Program. Following graduation, she headed to London she headed to London, UK where she worked at Vinoteca Wine Bar & Shop and her passion for wine was solidified. In London she completed her WSET Diploma, and since then has travelled and worked in France and New Zealand. Now she is based back at home in Toronto where she runs her own small wine importing business Bogie's Best Imports specialising in French wine and international ciders. She has completed her Sherry Educator's course in Jerez, as well as completed a master's thesis about the 'Sherry Rennaissance' at the Open University of Catalonia. 

Caitlin will be teaching WSET Level 3 Award in Wines as well the sherry classes in Unit 6: Fortified Wines of the World in WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits this winter.

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is an advanced level course for wine industry professionals, or those seeking to join the profession, or for wine enthusiasts wishing to develop a deeper understanding of wine.

Prerequisite: None, however successful completion of WSET Level 2 Wines and Spirits is recommended, or an equivalent level of  wine knowledge, as is experience with writing English at the college level. Expect to spend 50 hours of preparation and review outside of the classroom over the duration of the course. Please contact the office if you wish to take an optional “readiness” exam.

This 40-hour course provides in-depth and detailed understanding of how human and natural factors in vineyard and winery affect wine style, quality and price. It further develops systematic tasting and description skills. You will:
  • Explore in detail grape varieties, wines and wine-growing regions
  • Develop a thorough understanding of grape-growing and wine-making practices
  • Be able to explain how and why various vineyard and winery factors shape wines of all styles and quality levels
  • Assess and describe wine with confidence, and be able to make storage and service suggestions
  • Learn how to taste wines, describe their characteristics and evaluate their quality, using the WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine® (SAT)
  • Upon successful completion of a tasting test and a theory test - please note candidates are required to pass both components with at least 55% - you will receive a WSET certificate and lapel pin and will be able to use the associated WSET certified logo.
The course includes:
  • WSET course-pack (text book, study guide, SAT card)
  • Tutored tasting of all wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines specified by WSET
  • Thirty minutes per session of exam prep including progressive writing exercises, quizzes, and blind tasting practice
  • Access to seven formal tests, with feedback provided by IWEG’s Director of Education
  • Access to IWEG’s unique student resources, including videos, maps, slide presentations, a weekly study planning guide and two extensive study packs
  • Bonus class on Californian wines presented by the California Wine Institute
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines
Date: Tuesdays, January 15th - May 14th @ 7PM - 9:30PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

FRENCH WINE SCHOLAR: INSTRUCTOR PROFILE

Roger Torriero brings a wealth of education and experience to his current position as a writer/researcher at the LCBO. In addition to a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) from Guelph’s prestigious School of Hospitality, Roger also has an Ontario Teaching Certificate (B.Ed.), is qualified as a chef through Humber College, has completed his WSET Diploma, and is both a Certified Sommelier and a Certified Wine Educator (from WSET and the Society of Wine Educators).


This impressive education has been complemented by experience as a hospitality instructor, chef, wine educator, Sommelier instructor and a Product Consultant with the LCBO. In addition, he was the Grand Award Winner (first place overall) in the second annual Wine Tasting Challenge and more recently came in second place for the same competition. 

Roger will be teaching the French Wine Scholar this winter.

French Wine Scholar
French Wine Scholar is an in-depth specialist certification focused on the diverse wines and wine regions of France. The French Wine Scholar™ program is an official certification and course of study designed by the Wine Scholar Guild to provide current, accurate information on all of the wine regions of France and validate proficiency in the wines and wine regions of France.

Prerequisite: None. However, WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits is recommended, and WSET Level 3 Award in Wines is preferred. Expect to spend 25 hours of preparation and review over the duration of the course outside of classroom hours.

This 25-hour course provides detailed coverage of French AOC wines, as well as an introduction to French history, geography, viticulture and winemaking.

You will:
  • Develop specialist knowledge of the AOC wines of Alsace, Champagne, Jura, Savoie, Burgundy, Loire, Bordeaux, Rhône, Languedoc, Roussillon, Southwest France, Provence and Corsica
  • Appreciate the cultural context of French wine
  • Consider the vineyard and winery factors that contribute to wine styles
  • Develop assessment and description skills as you sample a range of exemplary wines, including many that are rare and difficult-to-source
Upon successful completion of a 100-question multiple-choice exam (passing grade is 75%) you will receive the French Wine Scholar (FWS) credential, certificate and lapel pin.

Course includes:
  • FWS 280-page Study Manual (new 6th edition)
  • A full-year access to all FWS online resources (slides, videos, interactive quizzes, webinars, etc.)
  • Exam registration fee
  • Tutored tasting of over 55 wines
  • Diverse hands-on group activities designed to enhance recall and address different learning styles
  • Guided review to help prepare for the multiple-choice exam
  • Instruction by Nancy Reynolds and  Rose-Anne St. Jean
French Wine Scholar
Date: Wednesdays, February 13th - April 24th @ 7PM - 9PM
Location: IWEG Drinks Academy
Register Now!

WINE WORKSHOP FOR THE CHINESE COMMUNITY
 
为了满足华人社区日益增长的对葡萄酒教育的需求,IWEG很高兴向大家宣布本校将于2019年开设WSET中文(普通话)课程,并将于2019年1月12号星期六下午2-4点专门为华人组织一场葡萄酒教育公开课。届时中文项目团队的老师将与来宾分享课程内容、葡萄酒盲品练习以及葡萄酒方面的有趣话题。
座位有限! 欢迎葡萄酒爱好者关注我们的微信号报名:wscpcanada 或拨打英文电话:416-534-2570

To satisfy the increasing demand from Chinese community for wines and spirits education, IWEG is delighted to announce that it will offer WSET Mandarin courses starting in 2019! A free workshop is organized for wine lovers on Saturday, January 12th (Mandarin speakers only). Instructors will demonstrate how to taste wine in a professional way and participants can expect an exciting blind tasting session and interesting wine topics. The workshop will also offer useful drinking tips (which are helpful in Chinese New Year gatherings) and an introduction to IWEG’s Wine and Spirits Chinese Program (WSCP). The tasting will be led by Nancy Wang and Yan Xuan.
 
Space is limited! Please RSVP: 416-534-2570 or wechat: wscpcanada
 
Nancy Wang is a passionate wine lover. She was born in China and studied English Literature and Russian. After spending a decade in education, she moved on and entered into the business world. Being a Vice President for nearly 20 years, she has accumulated substantial experiences in business management. Having finished WSET Level 2 and Level 3 in Shanghai and now both a WEST Diploma student and an instructor for WSCP course at IWEG, she is excited to share her knowledge and rich experience with the Chinese community in Toronto.

Yan Xuan has always been fond of wine. But it wasn't until he had a taste of the 2004 Chablis Grand Cru "Moutonne" that wine became his true passion. Never did he imagine that a wine could be so exquisitely complex. Majoring in Chemical Engineering from Ryerson University, he entered the wine industry with not only a wide-range of experience in wine tasting artistry, but also an in-depth understanding of the science behind wine making. He also has been working with a specialty wine store as a buying consultant.
 
Yan Xuan has completed WSET Levels 2 and 3, and now he is a WSET Diploma candidate. Yan has spent several summers in his favorite regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux, Mosel and Ningxia. He would like to share his passion and knowledge of wine with people, in Mandarin and English.

CARRIE RAU'S STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING
IWEG's WSET Level 1 Award in Winesinstructor Carrie Rau is a Toronto-based food and wine professional. She is a graduate of the Stratford Chef’s School 04’ culinary program and red seal certified freelance chef. Carrie moved to Toronto in 2010 after working in some notable kitchens in her hometown of Stratford, ON and joined the ever-evolving hospitality scene where she discovered the wine community and fell in love! She has 17 years of professional cooking experience in restaurants, culinary teaching, culinary management and freelance work in research and recipe development.  Combined with wine training at the Court of Master Sommeliers and a candidate in the WSET Diploma program at IWEG her experience has gained her a passionate footing in both worlds.

We invited Carrie to share her favourite holiday recipe:

"This is one of my all time tried and tested recipes that I love making around the holidays. It works well for the home cook as there are straight cup and spoon measures and all ingredients are readily available at stores. Nothing says holidays like sticky toffee pudding as it is such a richly textured dessert served warm in frosty weather. You can pair this with a nice tawny port that would work well with nutty flavours or our own homegrown Canadian icewines."

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

Cake batter:
1 ¼         cups       water
1              cup         coarsely chopped pitted dates
1              cup         all-purpose flour
1              tsp.        baking powder
1              tsp.        baking soda
                              pinch salt
¾             cup         granulated sugar
¼             cup         unsalted butter, softened
1              ea.          egg
1              tsp.        vanilla extract

Toffee sauce:
1              cup         packed brown sugar
6              Tbsp.     unsalted butter
1 1/3    cup           35% cream
 
Method:
1. Preheat oven 350°F. Butter base and sides of an 8-inch square metal baking pan and line base with parchment paper. 
2. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add dates and stir well. Remove saucepan from the heat and set aside.
3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and set aside. In medium bowl using an electric mixer, cream sugar and butter until pale and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.
4. In food processor or blender, pulse dates with water until finely minced.  Stir flour into sugar mixture alternately with date mixture, starting and ending with flour.
5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and pulling away from sides of pan and inserted toothpick into centre comes out clean.
6. Meanwhile, make sauce. Heat sugar and butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until butter melts, add in cream and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. 
7. Set cake on a wire rack and punch holes over surface of cake with a skewer.  Drizzle hot toffee sauce evenly over cake. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm with lightly sweetened whipped cream. 

Carrie will be teaching WSET Level 1 Award in Wines this winter.

AUSTRIAN WINE HARVEST 2018: FULLY RIPENED AND BOUNTIFUL
This year’s harvest – the earliest ever recorded – will exceed the previous year's volume, with the most recent data from Statistik Austria estimating about 3.2 million hectolitres! Growers are certainly pleased with the fine quality of the grapes, which could for the most part be harvested this year without much concern over potential diseases.

This factor also made for a clear conscience in granting a nationwide increase in the maximum yield per hectare by the permissible twenty per cent, so that estates could at least partially offset their crop losses from the 2017 vintage. More modest harvests were recorded locally on occasion, where there was extreme drought – like in Niederösterreich – or excessive precipitation like in Südsteiermark.

2018: The Weather
After a very warm January, cold conditions in February and March led to a later-than-usual budding of the vines, so that in contrast to the previous two years, no damage was suffered from late frosts. The second-warmest springtime since 1767 then enabled the vegetation cycle to catch up with the calendar. One of the earliest blossomings ever recorded was done with by the end of May in most winegrowing regions; this advance in vegetation persisted, even during the hot summer. While the warm June still brought moderate rainfall, a hot July was characterised by torrid intervals and severe drought – the Weinviertel in particular suffered from this. Irrigation – where possible – and other viticultural techniques were urgently brought into play to protect young and shallow-rooted vineyards from extremes of stress. The month of August found the harvest already underway; an influx of cold air at the end of the month finally made for cooler grape material, although thunderstorms and heavy rain provided unpleasant side effects and sometimes interrupted the picking. A mild, sunny and mostly dry September brought about the conclusion of the harvest, which was finished almost everywhere at the beginning of October. Thus, winegrowers could not spend the frequently warmer-than-average October days out of doors, but rather found themselves in the cellars tending to the vinification of this good vintage.

Read more about the 2018 Austrian wine harvest report!

WSET DIPLOMA CANDIDATES FACEBOOK GROUPS 

Are you a WSET Diploma student at IWEG? Join our Facebook Group! This group is for you to share resources, questions, connect and keep up with the industry. IWEG will be posting industry events and useful resources to the group. Please feel free to share your own tips and updates. Click here to join the group.

WSET has also created a Facebook group for the global alumni community to connect and share ideas. Click here to join the group.


STUDENT CORNER

December Social Media Contest Winner
Congratulations to Sapna Patel for winning this month's social media contest! Here is Sapna's winning post from the California Wines masterclass.

Social Media Contest 
We encourage you to share any photos, videos or messages about your IWEG experience in and out of the classroom on your social media! Tag us in your next social media post for a chance to win tickets to upcoming tastings and other special prizes. Each post will be entered into a monthly draw. Winners will be notified and featured in our monthly newsletters.

Be sure to include one of our social media handles in your post:

IWEG's social media handles:
Twitter: IWEG_Canada 
Facebook: IWEG Drinks Academy
Instagram: IWEG_Canada
Hashtags: #iweg and #iweg40

Student and Instructor Photos 
Do you have any photos of your experience at IWEG? We want to share them on our social media channels and in our newsletters. Send any photos to marketing@iweg.org.


INDUSTRY NEWS AND EVENTS

News
Move over, wine! French entrepreneurs enter world of whiskey-making - Japan Times (11/25/2018)
Will whisky ever be cool? - The Guardian (11/23/2018)

IWEG Events

The Wines of Hungary on Thursday, December 6th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Join John Szabo, MS, in a unique master class on the wines of Hungary, with wines generously supplied by the Hungarian Embassy in Ottawa.

New Zealand Wine on Thursday, January 24th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Join Elsa MacDonald MW for an exploration of how distinctive winegrowing regions, unique soils and climatic conditions result in unique wines. Presented by New Zealand Winegrowers.

Wines of South Africa on Thursday, February 28th  @ 7PM - 9PM: Discover some of the regions, varieties, terroir and amazing biodiversity from South Africa that make for magic wines from a magical place. Presented by Wines of South Africa.

Do you have an event you'd like to share with the IWEG community? Please send all event details to marketing@iweg.org.

FEATURED PARTNERS

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

"When people tell me they want to get into the wine trade,or simply advance their wine knowledge for their personal enjoyment,I always draw their attention to the WSET courses" - Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine