Ophelia Santos, D.W.S., Restaurateur, Wine Instructor, was born in the Philippines to a family who loved entertaining, food and fine wine. Following a number of years working in brand management with Procter & Gamble, she opened 2 locations of IL Centro, a coffee bar, in Atlanta in the 1990s, and she has also been the proprietor of Ali-Oli, serving Italian-inspired Mediterranean fare.
Ophelia is the founder/director of WineWise, an Approved Program Provider for Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certification classes in Atlanta, one of a handful of centers in the country. She is a certified educator for the Burgundy Wine Board and holds a level 4 Diploma in Wines & Spirits from WSET, and she is currently pursuing the most challenging course of study in the wine industry, the Masters of Wine.
Santos is also an adjunct faculty member at the Art Institute of Atlanta, teaching the beverage courses in both the associate and bachelor of science programs in culinary arts management. Until 2012, she was also the wine, beverage, and spirits editor for Flavors – The Forum for Atlanta Food Culture and Dining. She was also the US PR and Marketing Manager for Ventisquero, one of Chile’s largest wine producers. Ophelia is a member of the Institute of Wine & Spirits and of Les Dames d’Escoffier.