1- Incorporation of l’École In Vino Veritas the first independant WSET approved bilingual program provider in Quebec (April 2012)
2- Spring of 2012 l’École In Vino Veritas became the first WSET approved program provider habilitated to teach the WSET Advanced Level 3 in Québec (May 2012)
To this day, Richard Sagala is the:
3-First teacher of the WSET level 3 Advanced course in Quebec (February-March 2013)
4- First wine marketing researcher in Quebec published by AAWE, the American Association of Wine Economists (February 2013)
5- First (& only) French Wine Scholar certified wine tutor in Québec (April 2012)
6- First WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 3 Certified Educator in Québec (February 2012)
7- First (& only) Bordeaux Wine MBA in Québec (October 2011)
8- First english wine appreciation teacher for SAQ "A world to discover" course (November 2011)
9- First teacher of the SAQ wine course “Les Terroirs d’Italie” (March 2012)
10- First (& only) Wine & Lifestyle/ Art de Vivre combined Columnist in Québec (Parcours art magazine, since June 2008)
11- Québec First certified Butler (The International Butler Academy, The Netherlands, November 2001
12- Only Canadian certified from the Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars School of Instruction (UK, September 2001)
- 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).
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.
More details on certificates and diplomas following that link: Sommellerie/ Oenological background/ Diplomas