Congratulations to Ricardo Luis Santiago, FWS, for passing the French Wine Scholar exam with highest honors!
I am a wine enthusiast constantly searching to expand my knowledge about wine. I value any opportunity for tasting new wines and visiting wine producing regions. It is always an intellectual, spiritual and pleasurable voyage. My passion is to share this experience with friends.
I started my studies in wine taking courses in The Culinary Institute of America, Santa Helena, California (2002-2003). I then became a member of the Society of Wine Educators and participated in almost all the Annual Conferences of the Society since 2002.
In France I have taken courses at L’École du Vin de Bordeaux (2005-2007) in Bordeaux and L’École des Vins de Bourgogne (2005-2007) in Beaune. In 2012, I participated in the program Wine Educators Academy of the Napa Valley Vintners
I am a Certified Specialist in Wine - CSW and a Certified Specialist in Spirits – CSS (Society of Wine Educators). I am also a Spanish Wine Educator (The Wine Academy of Spain).
I enrolled in the FWS program with the objective to enrich my knowledge of French wines. The quality and depth of the FWS program is unmatched, you learn about wine from all regions of France with emphasis in history, the sense of place and local food. Undoubtedly, I will take other courses from the Wine Scholar Guild in the future.