World Sake Day - IWEG News and Events Oct. 01, 2020

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World Sake Day

Celebrate with the Sake Institute of Ontario 

Every year on October 1st since 1987, sake is celebrated around the world to mark the start of the sake brewing season in Japan. The sake rice harvest has just been completed and the cold winter months, perfect for fermentation, are about to begin.
 
In Ontario we are fortunate to have so many amazing restaurants offering an impressive array of sakes, much more than you can find on LCBO shelves. The Sake Institute of Ontario (SIO), a not-for-profit trade organization and organizer of Kampai Toronto, the largest sake festival in Canada invites you to celebrate Japan’s national beverage throughout the month of October.
 
Here’s how you can participate in the SIO’s Sake Traveller event:
1. Order sake and food from any restaurant (dine-in or takeout).
2. Take a photo of the sake and food, post on social media while tagging the SIO @KamapiToronto and the restaurant.
3. Receive a virtual raffle ticket for every 3 posts you make (e.g. 6 posts = 2 raffle tickets).
 
Raffle tickets will automatically enter you for a chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to the next Kampai Toronto event! Multiple bonus prize sake bottles will be awarded as well throughout the month.

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake
 

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

Sign up now!


Wine Scholar Challenge Winners

3 IWEG students head to the global finale

Congratulations to the IWEG winners of our Wine Scholar Challenge last week:

  • David Caird 
  • Edwin Chan 
  • Valentin Voinov 

Our three local winners will receive a one-year Wine Scholar Guild membership and move on to compete in the global options game finale on Thursday, October 29th @ 10AM EST. The final global winner will receive a 2021 wine study immersion trip of their choice to France, Italy or Spain (Airfare is not included. Trip value is approximately $4,000 USD depending on the destination). 

Become a Wine Scholar this Fall


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)Register now!

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. Register Now!


The Grapes for Humanity Save Hospitality Fine Wine Charity Auction

Over 300 lots of exceptional wines and winery tours

This unique, online charity auction, presented in partnership by Waddington’s, features over 300 lots of exceptional wines and winery tours as well as guitars donated by musicians Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s band Rush.

Bid on highly sought-after wines donated from Ontario’s finest cellars, newly created blends in an historic cuvée, classified Bordeauxs, Fine Italians, Rhône wines, incredible experiences and so much more. 

Proceeds will directly benefit Ontario hospitality front-line workers through the Toronto Restaurant Workers Relief Fund; the Bartender’s Benevolent Fund; and independent Ontario restaurants through savehospitality.ca. To find out more about Grapes for Humanity, visit grapesforhumanity.com. 

Check out the Save Hospitality Fine Wine Charity Auction.


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.

Sign up now!


A Special Message from California Wines

Contribute to the wildfire recovery efforts

Our hearts are with all people affected by the California wildfires; the first responders, our friends in the wine community, and our neighbors and fellow Californians. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy our beautiful wine country and we’ve made friends around the globe who are reaching out for more information. Because the situation continues to be active, we do not know the full extent of the damage at this time. Our primary concern is to secure everyone’s safety and respond to any evacuation warnings or orders. 

For those wishing to contribute to recovery efforts, we suggest donations be directed to:


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

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
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, October 19th - November 23rd @ 2:30PM - 4:30PM
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake

Date: Mondays, November 2nd - 23rd @ 10:30AM - 1:30PM
Register Now!

Spanish Wine Scholar 

Date: Thursdays, October 8th - November 26th @ 6:30PM to 8PM
Register Now!

Italian Wine Scholar: Unit 2

Date: Thursdays, November 5 - December 17th @ 6:30PM to 8PM
Register Now!

Online Learning

WSET Level 1 Award in Wines


Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, December 6th
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, December 6th
Register Now!

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, December 6th
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, October 19th - Sunday, November 22nd
Register Now!

WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits

Date: Monday, November 16th - Sunday, December 20th
Register Now!

WSET Level 3 Award in Wines

Date: Monday, October 12th - Sunday, December 13th
Register Now!

Date: Monday, November 9th - Sunday, January 17th
Register Now!

All WSET textbooks and study guides will be in an eBook format during the 2020-21 academic year.