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    FWS Scholarships for Master of Wine Candidates

    Each year, the Wine Scholar Guild awards three full scholarship to the French Wine Scholar™ study & certification program to three students of the Institute of Masters of Wine.

    These scholarships are designed to allow students preparing for the Master of Wine exam to further and strengthen their French wine knowledge.

    "The French Wine Scholar is a very serious wine program but fun and very enjoyable to follow. The teaching is superb and the quality of the material brilliant."
    GERARD BASSET, MW, MS, Best Sommelier in the World 2010

    Who can participate?

    This scholarship opportunity is open to all students officially enrolled in the Master of Wine program and at any stage of their studies. Eligibility to apply for this scholarship will be verified by the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW).

    Applications are open from May 1st to May 31st 2018

    Click here to learn more and submit your application

     

     

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    Video Preview • FWS Instructor-Led Format with Sharon Mclean

    Learn about the French Wine Scholar ™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

    Launches June 11th, 2018

    This video is the recording of our live preview webinar which took place on March 29th, 2018

    About this video:

      • Find out about the French Wine Scholar curriculum
      • Preview of the online 14-week Instructor-Led Format format 
      • Get a feel for the emphasis and thrust of this certification program and if it is “a fit” for your professional development goals.
      • Duration: 15 min

    Your host: Sharon Mclean, DIPWSET, FWS

    Sharon Mclean

    • Certified sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild Senior
    • Instructor of Wine Scholar Guild and WSET courses on Vancouver Island
    • WSET Diploma with the highest marks in Canada
    • An accredited Bordeaux instructor

    About the French Wine Scholar ™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

    Earn the French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) post-nominal through 14 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 8 live review webinars. 

    This format provides the convenience and flexibility of an online study program with interactive live “classroom” instruction delivered to a global student network via computer or tablet.

    We provide true tech support, stellar instruction from world renowned instructors, a flexible schedule of study designed for busy professionals and all the necessary tools to master French wines.

    This live and online classroom format is starting on June 11th 2018, register today

    Price: $790

    Early bird offer: save $50 if you sign-up by April 30th, 2018, use coupon code: FWSEBIRD18 at checkout page 

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    Live Preview • FWS Instructor-Led Format with Sharon Mclean

    Learn about the French Wine Scholar ™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

    via live webinar on: 

    Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at 12 noon EST (NYC)

    9 am PST Seattle, 5:00 pm UK, 6:00 pm France, 1:00 am in Hong-Kong

    About this webinar:

      • Find out about the French Wine Scholar curriculum
      • Preview of the online 14-week Instructor-Led Format format 
      • Get a feel for the emphasis and thrust of this certification program and if it is “a fit” for your professional development goals.
      • Duration: 15 min

    Register for the FREE preview webinar:

    

    Instructions on how to access this live webinar will be emailed to all registered 48 hours prior to the webinar.

    Your host: Sharon Mclean, DIPWSET, FWS

    Sharon Mclean

    • Certified sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild Senior
    • Instructor of Wine Scholar Guild and WSET courses on Vancouver Island
    • WSET Diploma with the highest marks in Canada
    • An accredited Bordeaux instructor

    About the French Wine Scholar ™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

    Earn the French Wine Scholar™ (FWS) post-nominal through 14 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 8 live review webinars. 

    This format provides the convenience and flexibility of an online study program with interactive live “classroom” instruction delivered to a global student network via computer or tablet.

    We provide true tech support, stellar instruction from world renowned instructors, a flexible schedule of study designed for busy professionals and all the necessary tools to master French wines.

    This live and online classroom format is starting on June 11th 2018, register today

    Price: $790

    Early bird offer: save $50 if you sign-up by April 30th, 2018, use coupon code: FWSEBIRD18 at checkout page 

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    Sneak peek: Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 Online format with Nancy Reynolds & Mauzio Broggi

    On Wednesday February 27th, we hosted the welcome webinar for students enrolled in the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 program in its new 14-week, instructor-led online format.

    This welcome webinar is a great sneak peek into the program. If you've been thinking about registering for the program, watch the recording of our welcome webinar:

    You can still join today and catch up!

    About the Italian Wine Scholar ™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

    Master the wines of Northern Italy through 14 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 7 live review webinars.

    This live and online classroom format is starting on February 27th 2018, register today!

    Price: $690

    Register Now

    The Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format includes:
    Italian Wine Scholar live online format

    Plus:

    • A schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
    • The Italian Wine Scholar™ Unit 1 online exam*
    • Access to repeat-after-me pronunciation exercise
    • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
    • Downloadable maps
    • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group organized by students enrolled in the online program

    This format provides the convenience and flexibility of an online study program with interactive live “classroom” instruction delivered to a global student network via computer or tablet.

    We provide true tech support, stellar instruction from acclaimed instructors, a flexible schedule of study designed for busy professionals and all the necessary tools to master the wines of northern Italy.

    This live and online classroom format is starting on February 27th 2018, register today!

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    Free Webinar: Armagnac with May Matta-Aliah

    Join May Matta-Aliah, the official BNIA Armagnac Educator who has been working with the region since 2009, for an informational webinar about Armagnac.

    Wednesday Feb 21st @ 12:00 noon EST

    May will provide some historical background on Armagnac then bring it to the modern day to discuss some of the trends and changes that the region has been witnessing in the last decade.

    Finally May will share some delicious Armagnac cocktail recipes with you to inspire you not only to enjoy the spirit neat but to have some fun mixing it up.

    Register for this FREE webinar:

    Instruction on how to join the webinar will be emailed prior to the webinar to all registered participants.

    France’s best kept secret no more. Meet Armagnac, the oldest ‘new kid’ on the brandy block.

    Armagnac is finally having its moment! The latest 2016 numbers from the BNIA, the Inter professional Bureau for Armagnac (http://www.armagnac.fr/en), shows the US firmly leading as the Number 1 export market for Armagnac, with sales growing 33% by volume and 19% in value. What was once France’s best kept secret is now everyone favorite new spirit discovery! Bartenders, importers, restaurants and retailers have all embraced this small region producing the world’s oldest brandy.

    With annual production still hovering around the 6 million-bottle mark, Armagnac is the original artisanal craft spirit. 20% of distillation in the region still takes place by roving distillers that criss-cross the countryside, traveling from farm to farm to distill their wines in the late fall. Maturation takes places in century-old cellars lined with 400L barrels mostly produced from the local oak. Tucked away in the dusty corners of the cellars, you will find hand-blown bottles holding vintage Armagnac, dating back to the late 19th century in some cases.

     

    Presenter: May Matta-Aliah, DWS, FWS

    May Matta-Aliah, DWS, FWS

    May is a firm believer in making wine and spirits education accessible to everyone from wine and spirits trade professionals to curious appreciators. Her experience includes a long-standing affiliation with the prestigious International Wine Center, where she has been teaching the classes of the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, to frequently sold-out consumer classes at a variety of venues around New York City.

    She has designed and taught custom courses to industry organizations and presented at large trade conferences such as Tales of the Cocktail, San Antonio Cocktail Classic, New York Wine Expo, Society of Wine Educator Annual Conference and the French Wine Society Annual Conference.

    May’s numerous accreditations include the Diploma in Wines & Spirits from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), she is a French Wine Scholar (FWS) from the Wine Scholar Guild, as well as the Certified Wine Educator (CWE) through the Society of Wine Educators.

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    Wine Scholar Guild Top Exam Scorers for 2017

    The Wine Scholar Guild is excited to announce the list of 2017 top exam scorers from around the world!

    • French Wine Scholar™: Riccardo Vanossi, FWS - 100 pts (Milano, Italy)
    • Italian Wine Scholar™: Chia-Jui Tsai, FWS, IWS - 99.5 pts (Taipei City, Taiwan)
    • Bordeaux Master-Level: Jeffrey G. Jones - 100 pts (Indianapolis IN, USA)
    • Bourgogne Master-Level: Bruce Smoller, FWS - 98 pts (Rochester NY, USA)
    • Champagne Master-Level: Andrew Belcher, FWS - 96 pts (Uxbridge, UK)
    • Rhône Master-Level: Erika Frey, FWS - 100 pts (Boston MA, USA)
    • Provence Master-Level: Jackie Ang, FWS - 98 pts (Oxford, UK)
    • Alsace Master-Level: Kari Dawson - 92 pts (Charlotte NC, USA)

    Bravo!

    Learn more about our recent high scorers and browse their testimonials.

    We also would like to wave our hat to the following three individuals:

    • Nancy Reynolds, FWS, IWS (Toronto ON, Canada)
    • Rose-Anne St. Jean, FWS, IWS (Toronto ON, Canada)
    • Donald McEachern, FWS, IWS (Park Ridge IL, USA)

    For having passed ALL programs currently offered by the Wine Scholar Guild, more often than not with highest honors:

     Check out our Alumni page

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    Video Preview: Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 Online format with Nancy Reynolds

    Learn about the Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 | online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

    This live webinar took place live on: Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 12 noon EST (NYC)

    About this webinar:

      • Find out about the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 (northern Italy) curriculum
      • Preview of the online 14-week Instructor-Led Format format
      • Get a feel for the emphasis and thrust of this certification program and if it is “a fit” for your professional development goals.

    Your host: Nancy Reynolds, DIPWSET, FWS, IWS

    Nancy Reynolds, DIPWSET, FWS, IWS

    • Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma with Merit, January 2010.
    • Won Brian Kirkwood award for highest score for WSET Diploma Unit 3 in Eastern Canada in 2008.
    • WSET Certified Educator and L3 exam assessor.
    • WSG Italian Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar.
    • Completed all Wine Scholar Guild Master level courses.
    • Certified Tutor of Bordeaux Wines from L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux.
    • Certified Rhone Master from Inter-Rhone.

    About the Italian Wine Scholar ™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

    Master the wines of Northern Italy through 14 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 7 live review webinars.

    This live and online classroom format is starting on February 27th 2018, register today!

    Price: $690

    Register Now

    The Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format includes:
    Italian Wine Scholar live online format

    Plus:

    • A schedule of study with learning objectives for each region
    • The Italian Wine Scholar™ Unit 1 online exam*
    • Access to repeat-after-me pronunciation exercise
    • Online quizzes and learning games for self-evaluation
    • Downloadable maps
    • A list of recommended wines to sample on your own or in a tasting group organized by students enrolled in the online program

    This format provides the convenience and flexibility of an online study program with interactive live “classroom” instruction delivered to a global student network via computer or tablet.

    We provide true tech support, stellar instruction from acclaimed instructors, a flexible schedule of study designed for busy professionals and all the necessary tools to master the wines of northern Italy.

    This live and online classroom format is starting on February 27th 2018, register today!

    Price: $690

    Register Now

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    [Live Preview] Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 Online format with Nancy Reynolds



    Learn about the Italian Wine Scholar ™ Unit 1 | online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

    via live webinar on:

    Thursday, February 8th, 2018 at 12 noon EST (NYC)

    9 am PST Seattle, 5:00 pm UK, 6:00 pm France, 1:00 am in Hong-Kong

    About this webinar:

      • Find out about the Italian Wine Scholar Unit 1 (northern Italy) curriculum
      • Preview of the online 14-week Instructor-Led Format format
      • Get a feel for the emphasis and thrust of this certification program and if it is “a fit” for your professional development goals.
      • Duration: 15 min

    Register for the FREE preview webinar:

    Instructions on how to access this live webinar will be emailed to all registered 48 hours prior to the webinar.

    Your host: Nancy Reynolds, DIPWSET, FWS, IWS

    Nancy Reynolds, DIPWSET, FWS, IWS

    • Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 4 Diploma with Merit, January 2010.
    • Won Brian Kirkwood award for highest score for WSET Diploma Unit 3 in Eastern Canada in 2008.
    • WSET Certified Educator and L3 exam assessor.
    • WSG Italian Wine Scholar and French Wine Scholar.
    • Completed all Wine Scholar Guild Master level courses.
    • Certified Tutor of Bordeaux Wines from L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux.
    • Certified Rhone Master from Inter-Rhone.

    About the Italian Wine Scholar ™ online | 14-week Instructor-Led Format

    Master the wines of Northern Italy through 14 weeks of self-study fully supported by a comprehensive study manual, interactive e-learning modules for each region, and 7 live review webinars.

    This format provides the convenience and flexibility of an online study program with interactive live “classroom” instruction delivered to a global student network via computer or tablet.

    We provide true tech support, stellar instruction from acclaimed instructors, a flexible schedule of study designed for busy professionals and all the necessary tools to master the wines of northern Italy.

    This live and online classroom format is starting on February 27th 2018, register today

    Price: $690
    Early bird offer: save $50 if you sign-up by February 14th 2018, use coupon code: EARLYBIRDIWS at checkout page.

    REGISTER NOW

     

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    IWS Program Provider of the Year 2017

    Wine Scholar Guild honors Toronto's Independent Wine Education Guild (IWEG) as 2017 Italian Wine Scholar™ (IWS) Program Provider of the Year!

    IWS Program Provider of the Year rewards professionalism and perfectionism in the business of wine education and delivery of the Italian Wine Scholar study & certification program. Judging criteria includes student volume, facilities, student evaluations and the overall profile of the course offerings given by that learning institution.  These factors, together, create an award-winning environment of academic rigor and excellence.

    Kudos to IWEG Director Paul Miles, IWS Instructors Nancy Reynolds and Rose Anne-St-Jean as well as the entire IWEG team!


    Interview with Paul Miles, IWEG Director

    You are successfully teaching both the Italian Wine Scholar and the French Wine Scholar program at IWEG. Why is the market responding to these specialization courses?

    There are a number of reasons why the market is responding to these specialization courses:  firstly, consumers in Ontario are selecting wine over other beverages in increasing numbers and with this comes a natural “thirst” for greater knowledge and information about wines from “classical” regions, which the Italian Wine Scholar and the French Wine Scholar programs provide in abundance.

    Secondly, the reputation and quality of these educational programs, as well as the fact that they provide a robust “deep-dive” into arguably what are considered two of the world’s greatest wine producing countries, mean that we have found that they are perceived as excellent, “knowledge tool kits and skill enhancing” programs by people who are currently in or are thinking about taking the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits  (including some who aspire to be candidates for the Institute of Masters of Wine).

    Thirdly, from a trade perspective, the Ontario wine market is highly competitive and undergoing important structural changes, for example, grocery retailers sell wine in select authorized stores. The Italian Wine Scholar and the French Wine Scholar programs provide powerful knowledge tools for trade professionals to make interesting buyer choices and innovative customer recommendations, which can help differentiate and set them apart from competitors.

    How long have you been teaching WSG courses? What are your students doing with these credentials?

    IWEG has been running the French Wine Scholar program since September 2012 and the Italian Wine Scholar program since September 2016.  Those of our graduates who work in the trade and have successfully taken these courses are using their acquired, specialized knowledge to make better wine buying decisions, as well more informed customer recommendations.  Those students who are wine lovers and enthusiasts are also enjoying their newly-found knowledge to make better drinking and cellaring decisions!

    You’ve been in business since 1977, how have you seen wine education change over the last decade/decades in Toronto?

    The Ontario trade has always recognized the need for wine and spirits education, which is why our founders, who came from diverse sectors of the wine industry, founded IWEG forty years ago as a not-for-profit, specialist education organization to satisfy this need.  However, in the last decade, demand for wine education has grown exponentially and is at a record high as more and more businesses are recognizing that education and well-trained staff are the foundations to better customer service, which will trigger repeat business as well as stronger profits.
    Coupled with this, is the more recent and interesting phenomenon that wine education is no longer just for the trade professional but appeals also to the “consumer/wine lover,” who aspires to know about and drink quality wines from the world’s classic wine regions.

    What type of education experience do you provide at IWEG Toronto (teaching methods, social components, support, etc) that you think sets you apart?

    With over forty years of operation, IWEG is passionate about helping our students achieve their personal or professional goals. Our instructors, including two who are the globally top-ranked Wine Scholar Guild instructors, are subject-area experts and professionally trained educators, dedicated to student engagement and success.  Many of our graduates have progressed to assume leadership roles in the Drinks and Hospitality industries in Canada.

    We have higher than global average pass rates for WSET courses, and offer a unique student experience, including proprietary study aids, the availability of study scholarships and field trips, experiential visits to local wineries to bring the classroom to life--all of which is only made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and trade partners.

    On the community engagement front, we offer a host of monthly networking events and sought-after master-classes at the school. Finally, our student-centric approach means that our scheduling is diverse and flexible, offering in-class or online study; day or evening classes; and condensed or less intensive formats as well as custom corporate programming.

    2017 WINE SCHOLAR GUILD AWARDS:

    Previous Years WSG Awards:

    • 2016 WSG Program Provider of the Year: Art Institute of Vancouver (Vancouver, CAN)
    • 2016 WSG Instructor the Year: Sheral Schowe, M.Ed., FWS, IWS (Wasatch Academy of Wine, Salt Lake City, USA)
    • 2015 WSG Program Provider of the Year: AWSEC (Hong Kong, HKG)
    • 2015 WSG Instructor the Year: David Glancy MS, FWS (San Francisco Wine School, USA)

     

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