James Santangelo is the owner of the Wine Academy of Utah, a company tailored for both wine enthusiasts and professionals. His organization provides education and training to restaurants, hosts wine events, and offers on-site sommelier services for wine and spirits. The Wine Academy of Utah is an approved program provider for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), an educational track which leads the path in pursuit towards becoming a Master in Wine and Spirits. James has received much recognition for his work, including Salt Lake Magazine Dining Awards "Best Wine Educator"(2011) and Utah's "Best Server" (2010).

What Students are Saying:

His students can't stop raving:

"The instructor is wonderfully knowledgeable and fun to learn from. His knowledge of the history, both that written in books and the whimsically anecdotal is extensive. To top it all off I've learned what to think about as I'm drinking a whiskey and how to truly appreciate it."
-Sandra K.

"Fantastic class. Just as enjoyable for whiskey enthusiasts as it is for absolute beginners. The instructor obviously has a wealth of knowledge on the topic, but also has a passion for the material that made the class so enjoyable."
-Raymond A.

''The instructor was very knowledgeable and lots of fun with his animated gestures. Lots and lots of fun!!''
-Krista Meyers

''Jimmy's knowledge and ability to present is unmatchable!''
-Ahmi Bryant

''Jim is a talented, engaging educator. We learned and were joyful in doing so. I'm very grateful that the U makes these events possible.''
-Shauna Bona

''I would sign up every time for this!!!!''
-Dianne Fanz

''He truly loved his subject matter and took joy in sharing it with others. His teaching style was engaging and helped me stay interested.''
-Ryan Mickelson

JAMES SANTANGELO is currently teaching:

Class Title Semester Date(s) Program
Scotch for the Sophisticate Fall 11/18/24 Lifelong Learning
Whiskies of the World Fall 9/23/24 Lifelong Learning
Wine and Gourmet Popcorn Pairing Summer 8/05/24 Lifelong Learning
Tequilas and Mezcal Summer 7/08/24 Lifelong Learning
Rum and Chocolate Summer, Fall Multiple Lifelong Learning
Wine and Crunchy Snacks Fall 8/19/24 Lifelong Learning