In today’s spirit of collaborative study, the Wine Scholar Guild has created a platform for current and prospective students from around the world, whether enrolled in self-study or with a local program provider, to connect, collaborate, meet and taste via local study & tasting groups!
Join existing local study & tasting groups or create new ones
Plan events (reviews, tastings, etc...) with fellow local group members
Share cheat sheets, flash cards, quiz questions, graphics, study tips and more
The program is spearheaded by Rick Fisher, a San Diego resident of Catalan descent. Rick’s passion for his Spanish heritage and a desire to educate others about Spanish culture, food, and wine led him to create Bodega: Eat. Drink. Explore. ESPAÑA! (www.bodegaspanishwine.com) in 2009. He joined the Wine Scholar Guild in June of 2017 to build our Spanish study and certification program.
“I’ve spent many years focusing on Spain,” states Rick. “I’ve travelled extensively throughout the country while tasting and blogging about this dynamic landscape, its wines and its culture. Although the Spanish Wine Scholar program is a new Wine Scholar Guild initiative, for me, it’s the closing of a circle. Spain is where I began my wine studies. Now, I’ll be giving others a guided curriculum. I can’t tell you how good that feels.” READ MORE
ITALIAN WINE SCHOLAR: Karin Kallio, FWS, IWS
Congratulations to Karin Kallio, IWS, for passing the Italian Wine Scholar exam with highest honors with Cru Consultancy in Victoria BC!
"The Italian Wine Scholar opened up the vast world of Italian wine. [...]
The Italian Wine Scholar has undoubtedly improved my knowledge of old world Italian wines and has, thus, boosted my confidence to sell Italian wine.
Every wine has a story and with this newly acquired education I can better articulate to customers the technique and history behind some of the best wines in the world." READ MORE