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New figures from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), the largest global provider of wines and spirits qualifications, show that demand for wine and spirit education in Canada is higher than ever.


+5% more Canadians took a WSET qualification in wines, spirits or sake over the last academic year, making a total of 5,527 candidates overall for the year. WSET reported a record 94,822 candidates globally in the academic year finishing 31 July 2018, an increase of +11% on last year.


While the popularity of wine education continues to soar, consumers’ penchant for spirits has boosted demand for spirits education. The increasing popularity of spirits has led more enthusiasts and professionals to seek deeper knowledge about what they, and their customers, are drinking. The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits was the qualification that saw particularly significant growth globally, with candidate numbers up +55% versus last year.


WSET Chief Executive Ian Harris, says, “2017/18 has been another successful year for WSET as we continue to strengthen our offer to maintain our ‘best in class’ reputation. Global demand makes wine education the bread and butter of our business, but it is great to see such high growth in spirits qualifications as we prepare for the launch of the first WSET Level 3 Award in Spirits next year.”


Markets on the Move


Continued growth puts China top of the table with the highest total number of WSET candidates. The region brought in +9% more candidates over the last academic year, totalling 21,986 overall. The UK remained strong with a total of 19,460 candidates, matching last year, while USA saw the strongest growth of the top three markets with candidate numbers up +24% to 14,204. Canada remained strong in 4th place.


Top 10 WSET markets for the academic year 2017/18 (growth from previous year):


1. China* (+9%)

2. UK (+0%)

3. USA (+24%)

4. Canada (+5%)

5. Australia (+18%)

6. France (+17%)

7. UAE (+40%)

8. Switzerland (-1%)

9. Brazil (+75%)

10. Netherlands (+6%)


Availability of WSET courses is stronger than ever, with 110 new Approved Programme Providers (APPs) opening over the last year, and courses launching in new markets Gibraltar and Uruguay. There are now 33 WSET Diploma centres worldwide, following the recent additions of Bordeaux Wine Academy, Napa Valley Wine Academy and American Wine School. Overall, there are now over 800 APPs offering WSET qualifications to trade professionals and consumer enthusiasts in over 70 countries.


Looking Ahead


Over the next academic year, the education and awards teams will be carrying out the final stages of preparation ahead of the launch of WSET’s new and enhanced qualifications in August 2019, completing the separation of WSET’s qualifications into three distinct subject-matter streams: wine, spirits and sake. The first-of-its-kind Level 3 Award in Spirits will undergo an intensive pilot programme, whilst materials will be finalised for the Level 2 Award in Wines and the new flagship Diploma in Wines. Further details about these courses will be announced in Spring 2019.


The new academic year will also see the Level 1 Award in Wines and Level 1 Award in Spirits both become available through online study, in addition to the existing classroom course offering.


To learn more about WSET’s qualifications or to find a local Approved Programme Provider, visit ; <p><em>*Includes mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan</em></p>""

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August 1, 2018

Captain Morgan Apple Smash & Soda

  • 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Apple Smash
  • 4 oz. Club Soda
  • Muddle mint leaves in a highball glass. Add ice and stir.


Captain Morgan Apple Smash & Ginger

  • 1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Apple Smash
  • 4 oz. ginger ale
  • Add ice and stir. Garnish with lime
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TORONTO, Aug. 1, 2018 /CNW/ - Corby Spirit and Wine is thrilled to announce a new limited-edition product under its popular Polar Ice vodka brand portfolio: Polar Ice Ontario Peach. 100% Ontario-grown peaches are used to create this naturally flavoured vodka, resulting in a smooth, juicy peach taste. It can be used as a refreshing twist to many signature cocktails, such as the Sex on the Peach (recipe below).

The new Polar Ice Ontario Peach is available in limited quantities exclusively in Ontario. This vodka is truly a "homegrown" product, made using only locally-grown peaches. It is quadruple distilled and triple-filtered at the Hiram Walker & Sons distillery in Windsor, Ontario. 

"Polar Ice Vodka is an iconic Canadian vodka brand and is proudly produced, crafted and bottled in Ontario," says Julio Ochoa, Brand Manager, Corby Spirit and Wine. "For this flavoured vodka, we wanted to capture a natural peach flavour from Ontario peaches, and to produce a vodka with exceptionally pure and smooth taste."

To experience a local and refreshing peach cocktail, try the following easy-to-mix drink recipes. Please enjoy our products responsibly.

Sex on the Peach
A new twist on the classic "Sex on the Beach".
1.5 oz. Polar Ice® Ontario Peach
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
2 oz. Orange Juice
Add all ingredients to a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

White Peach Sangria
A perfect serve for summer by the lake.
1 cup (8 oz.) of Polar Ice® Ontario Peach
1 750 mL bottle of Graffigna® Pinot Grigio
1 L Ginger Ale
Add all ingredients to a pitcher. Add fresh or frozen peach slices. Stir and enjoy.
Serves 8.

Peach & Cranberry
1.5 oz. Polar Ice® Ontario Peach
4 oz. Cranberry Juice
Add all ingredients to a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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OLIVER, BC, July 31, 2018 /CNW/ - Road 13 Vineyards toasts to the coveted title of #1 Winery in Canada to ten years of consecutive titles as a Top Ten Winery in Canada at the National Wine Awards of Canada which has been managed by Wine Align since 2013. The family-owned winery is elated with a platinum win amongst the 15 medals awarded and the titles of number one winery in both British Columbia and Canada

Road 13 Vineyards is the only winery in Canada to win both platinum and a top-ten national spot for six consecutive years. Road 13 boasts nine platinum medal wins since their induction into the awards in 2013 - double that of any competing winery across the nation. 

This year marked the largest showing with 1,850 entries from 257 different wineries from seven provinces. Road 13 Vineyards was awarded platinum for the 2016 Roussanne. Fourteen additional medals were awarded to wines within the Road 13 Vineyards portfolio of red, white, sparkling and rosé wines including eight gold, two silver and four bronze. No other winery has received as many gold medals within a single year since 2013.

"We are so delighted with this win," shares Managing Partner, Joseph Luckhurst.  "Our team's tireless dedication to excellence has really paid off, as has following our passion for Rhone-style wines." Road 13 Vineyards has turned their focus to Rhone style varietals of late with real success. The Rhone varietals have consistently shown the highest quality of fruit in the vineyards and reflect characteristics of old world complexity and new world fruit intensity. "A platinum medal for the 2016 Roussanne is proof of our understanding of the best way to express our distinctive terroir in the glass."

Award Highlights Include: 

Platinum  - Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Roussanne 
Gold - Road 13 Vineyards 2017 Chip off the Old Block Chenin Blanc 
Gold - Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Syrah
Gold - Road 13 Vineyards 2013 5th Element 
Gold - Road 13 Vineyards 2014 Jackpot Petit Verdot 
Gold - Blind Creek Collective 2015 Consensus 
Gold - Blind Creek Collective 2016 Cabernet Franc 
Gold - Blind Creek Collective 2016 Petit Verdot 
Gold - Blind Creek Collective 2017 Viognier 
Silver -  Road 13 Vineyards 2016 GSM 
Silver -  Blind Creek Collective 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon 
Bronze - Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Seventy-Four K 
Bronze - Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Jackpot Syrah 
Bronze - Road 13 Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Merlot 
Bronze - Blind Creek Collective 2016 Chardonnay

Held annually in June, the National Wine Awards of Canada (NWAC) are only open to wines grown and produced in Canada. The goal of 'The Nationals' is to expose Canadian wine drinkers to the best in Canadian wines. With no price restrictions each winery has the opportunity to compete with the best wines in the country. For more winery information, visit Bottle images available upon request.


SOURCE Road 13 Vineyards


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