The Spanish Wine Scholar™ education program is a Spanish wine course designed to provide committed students of wine with the most advanced and comprehensive specialization study program on Spanish wine bar none!
It is being created by Spanish wine specialist Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar Education Director.
The Spanish Wine Scholar™ study program mirrors the unparalleled level of depth, accuracy, detail and academic rigor offered by the acclaimed French Wine Scholar™ program.
Like the French Wine Scholar program, the Spanish Wine Scholar study and certification program also confers a post-nominal to wine professionals and enthusiasts who successfully pass the certification exams (Ex: John Smith, SWS).
The Spanish Wine Scholar program will launch according to the following schedule:
Pre-launch phase for wine educators:
- Oct 2018: Application for wine educators opens. Click HERE for more info
- Jan 2019: Study Manuals ship to approved wine educators.
- Jan-Apr 2019: Review webinars for educators
- May 2019: Educator Certification
General Public Launch:
- Summer/Fall 2019: program becomes available to students of wine from around the world in both distance-learning and classroom-learning.
The Spanish Wine Scholar course is composed of 10 chapters:
- Chapter One - The Foundation
- Chapter Two - Green Spain
- Chapter Three - The Duero River Valley
- Chapter Four - La Rioja
- Chapter Five - The Ebro River Valley
- Chapter Six - Cataluña
- Chapter Seven - The Levante
- Chapter Eight - The Meseta
- Chapter Nine - Andalucía
- Chapter Ten - The Islands
Stay tuned and become one of the first to become a Spanish Wine Scholar and earn your SWS post-nominal!
Meet Rick Fisher... Spanish Wine Scholar™ Education Director
Rick Fisher lives and breathes Spain.
Part Catalan, 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 has also been a contributor to the Spanish and Portuguese wine site, CataVino as well as Glass of Bubbly, a UK-based magazine focusing on sparkling wine.
Mapping Spain with Quentin Sadler
By Rick Fisher, Spanish Wine Scholar Program™ Education Director
In the search for a mapmaker for the Spanish Wine Scholar™ program, I was somehow led to Quentin Sadler.
I didn’t think it possible to find someone with the same love and passion for Spain as I have, but I sure did in Quentin! It obvious our collaboration on this program was meant to be. His work is incredible and we both are committed to making this program the gold standard in Spanish wine education.
Quentin has more than 30 years in the wine trade and holds the Diploma from WSET. He is a passionate London-based wine educator, communicator, educator, blogger, and mapmaker.
Q1. Quentin, you have been in the wine business for quite a while. What have been the most rewarding and/or exciting moments for you?
Ah, what a great question. So many things have happened to me in my 34 years involved in wine. My first time being in print as a wine writer was pretty special, as was being a guest of the
Russian Orthodox monks on Mount Athos - which is a rare honour - to see the vineyards there.
However, right now creating a truly definitive set of Spanish wine maps for the Wine Scholar Guild is really exciting for me. It pulls all my interests together from my love of Spain, my love of wine and my desire to create. So, I am finding that very rewarding.
Q2. How long have you been designing wine maps? What type of research goes into creating an accurate wine map?
I have been creating maps for around 15 years now. Originally, they were pretty rudimentary and just for my own use, but I have become more ambitious and more skilled over time.
The research can be very difficult as almost no sources are consistent. Just making sure a river is in the right place can be really tricky and time consuming. As for ensuring the wine regions are correct, sometimes that drives me mad. I have to plot each wine region municipality by municipality, which can make me go a bit cross eyed at times. I guess the pain is worth it though!