More than fifteen Firsts and Original Contributions

Some Firsts and original contributions:

1- Incorporation of  l’École In Vino Veritas the first independant WSET approved bilingual (French-English) program provider in Canada (April 2012)

2- Spring of 2012 École In Vino Veritas became the first  WSET approved program provider habilitated to teach the WSET Advanced  Level 3  in Québec (May 2012)

President of the Accredited Sommeliers Association of Canada ( ASAC) since January 2016, Richard Sagala is the:

3- Owner & founder of the First butler school in Quebec: AIMM/ IMBA, the International Montreal Butler Academy, l’Académie Internationale de Majordome de Montréal (May 2016)

4-First  Vinitaly Five Stars Wine competition judge from Québec (April 2016)

5-First  VIA (Vinitaly International Academy) Ambassador, lecturer and wine judge in Quebec and Eastern part of Canada (March 2015)

6-First  teacher of the WSET level 3  Advanced course  in Quebec (February-March 2013)

7- First wine marketing researcher in Quebec published by AAWE, the American Association of Wine Economists (February 2013)

8- First (& only) French Wine Scholar certified wine tutor in Québec (Fall 2014)

9- First WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust)  Level 3 Certified Educator in Québec  (February 2012)

10- First (& only) Bordeaux Wine MBA in Québec (October 2011)

11- First english wine appreciation teacher for SAQ « A world to discover » course (November 2011)

12- First teacher of the SAQ wine course  “Les Terroirs d’Italie” (March 2012)

13- First (& only)  Wine & Lifestyle/ Art de Vivre combined  Columnist in Québec (Parcours art magazine, since June 2008- October 2012

14- Québec First certified Butler (The International Butler Academy, The Netherlands, November 2001. Diploma awarded with: Distinction

15- Only Canadian certified from the Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars School of Instruction (UK, September 2001)

Other Contributions:

– July &  August 2013, 2 special events: Vino e Musica  blending: Wine/ Gastronomy/ Classical Music chosen by conductor Maestro Jean-François Rivest a first in Québec.

– April 2012, the first Richard Sagala In Vino Veritas wine club becomes operational in Québec.

– Richard Sagala was the first invited Canadian Argentine Tango dance teacher by the Beijing Tango Club and organised the first  Wine and Tango special dance/tasting event for the Beijing Wine Club (Beijing, China, Summer of 2006).

Post scriptum:

And, while we are talking about firsts, perhaps it should be mentioned that Richard Sagala received a “Premier Prix” (First Prize) from the Quebec Conservatory of Music in…. well, many years ago 😉

Two pieces of music played by Richard can be heard: here and here

More details on certificates and diplomas following that link:  Sommellerie/ Oenological background/ Diplomas


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