Italian Wine Scholar Program in Bellevue

Calling all wine enthusiasts, nerds, scholars, and would-be experts. Wine is one of those slippery slopes where once you jump in, the fascination can last a lifetime. Wine educator Tanya Morning Star Darling began her lifelong pursuit of all things wine-related when she was a fine-arts undergrad at New York University. A job in the restaurant industry and subsequent travels fueled her interest, which she shares with others now as a faculty member at Northwest Wine Academy and through her own business, Cellar Muse. This spring, Darling is offering courses at Cépaé in Bellevue, starting with the Italian Wine Scholar Study & Certification Program.

The course is designed for advanced wine students, both of the professional and serious enthusiast classifications. Created by native Italian Maurizio Brioggi (Wine Scholar Guild Education Director for Italy), the in-depth curriculum and subsequent exam offer students the Italian Wine Scholar (IWS) distinction that can be used as part of their professional signatures.

“This new program is the most comprehensive and detailed study program on Italian wines, bar none. The study and teaching materials are brilliant, and I am thrilled to offer this excellent course on Italian wines in Seattle,” says Darling.

The Wine Scholar Program Unit 1 and 2 runs on consecutive Mondays from 6-9 p.m. Please note: Registration for each unit is separate. For more information, contact Tanya Morning Star Darling via email at, or call 206.226.2573.

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