Out of the Class­room and into the Vine­yard

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With the prin­ci­ple of “ac­tive learn­ing” the In­ter­na­tional Wine Ed­u­ca­tion Guild un­corks the best of wine, spir­its and saké ed­u­ca­tion. For 40 years wine or­ga­ni­za­tions from Italy to Cal­i­for­nia to New Zealand to South Africa, and ev­ery ma­jor wine re­gion in be­tween, have spon­sored IWEG to pro­mote their master classes. Drink­ing wine is a re­la­tion­ship that evokes di­a­logue, and so each course pro­vides ac­cess to great in­struc­tors, and fo­cuses on ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing in­clud­ing in the vine­yards and in the dis­til­leries.

Who said learn­ing can’t be fun? For added in­cen­tives, study trips are awarded to the top stu­dent to wine re­gions of the spon­sor, such as Ger­many or Italy. It’s com­pletely stu­dent-cen­tric, and all the in­struc­tors are not only cer­ti­fied ed­u­ca­tors but they’re also cur­rently work­ing within the in­dus­try.

Who takes th­ese cour­ses? Pro­fes­sion­als in re­tail and hos­pi­tal­ity; wait­ers, bar­tenders and restau­ra­teurs who seek knowl­edge and net­work­ing; and wine en­thu­si­asts from the ca­sual hob­by­ist to those aim­ing to im­press; all swirling, sip­ping and learn­ing. Ev­ery wine buff should ex­plore this op­por­tu­nity, lo­cated in the heart of Toronto.

Tast­ings are in­ter­spersed with ex­er­cises, group projects, videos and quizzes. Cour­ses range from one day and three days, to two years, de­pend­ing on your goals. Food and wine match­ing; week­end trips to Ni­a­gara; in-depth pro­grams on the wines of France or Italy; an ex­plo­ration into the world of saké; and ba­sic skills to in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized pro­fes­sional cer­ti­fi­ca­tions—we raise our glasses to this drinks academy.

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