About Ophelia M. Santos
Ophelia Santos, D.W.S., is a veteran of the food and beverage industry and a seasoned educator. Currently, she serves as Lead Faculty in Food & Beverage Management at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta and is the founder/director of WineWise, Atlanta’s first Approved Program Provider for Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certification classes.
Ophelia holds both a Master of Arts Degree in Law & Diplomacy from Tufts University and a Level 4 Diploma with Merit from London’s Wine & Spirit’s Education Trust. (The WSET is the oldest and most respected international body in the field of wines and spirits education, with a suite of sought-after qualifications.) She is an Accredited Instructor for the Burgundy and Bordeaux Wine Board, as well as a Certified Sake Adviser.
Prior to entering the hospitality industry, Ms. Santos spent a number of years working in brand management with the Procter & Gamble Company, after which she turned entrepreneur, owning and operating independent coffee bars, wine bars and restaurants in Atlanta for 16 years. She was the Wine, Spirits & Beverage Editor for Flavors Magazine in Atlanta, as well as the North American PR/Marketing Director for Viña Ventisquero, one of Chile’s top ten wineries. She continues to consult for various winery and hospitality clients in the areas of operations, marketing and PR.
Ophelia is also a founder and partner with LUXE World Class, a hospitality, special events and food and beverage consulting firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Clients include the Antigua Hotel and Tourism Association among other resorts and hotel properties.