Kinssies, an experienced wine educator, is the director of the Seattle Wine School, which he founded in 1981. He created a wine curriculum for the Seattle Central Community College’s Culinary Academy and a wine professional certification program for the Washington Wine Commission. He has also been retained by the French government to educate the local wine trade on the wines of France.
Richard has worked as a sommelier, and owned and operated a highly acclaimed Seattle restaurant and wine bar. He has traveled extensively to all the major wine regions of the world and is frequently a judge at national and international competitions.