Congratulations to Ricardo Luis Santiago, SWS, for passing the Spanish 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 learning about wine producing regions. It is always an intellectual, spiritual, cultural, and pleasurable voyage. My passion is to work with wine and food pairing to enhance the dining experience and to share wine with friends.
I started my studies in wine taking courses in The Culinary Institute of America, Santa Helena, California (2002-2003). Then I 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 for Wine Educators, Academy of the Napa Valley Vintners. I am a Certified Specialist in Wine - CSW (2002) and a Certified Specialist in Spirits – CSS (2009), Society of Wine Educators. I am also a Spanish Wine Educator (The Wine Academy of Spain). I have passed the French Wine Scholar, Wine Scholar Guild (2018) and the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines (2019).
I enrolled in the SWS program with the objective of enriching my knowledge of Spanish wines. The quality and depth of the SWS program is unmatched. It is a unique opportunity to learn about wine from all regions of Spain with emphasis in history, the wine regulations, and the sense of place. I have travelled extensively in Spain and have tasted wines from many wine regions and still I learned a great deal with the program.