Okanagan 008 COPYTania Thomas, CSW

Growing up with a European heritage, Tania’s passion for good food and wine started very early. Her defining wine moment came at the age of 7, when Tania slipped during harvesting and fell into a 500 litter barrel full of freshly picked Merlot grapes. She sported a lovely pink “glow” for a few days before it finally washed out. That was when she first “fell” in love with wine.

As she grew up, like many foodies, she found the time to live abroad in London, England, Milan and Venice, and travel extensively through Europe, especially France and Italy. This opened her eyes to the pleasures of fine food & wine. Tania’s favorite wines come from the French region of Burgundy and favourite dish is a wild mushroom risotto with truffles ala Milanese.

While living in Toronto, her fascination with fine wine lead her to study wine with the International Sommelier Guild.  She continued her wine education with the prestigious, internationally recognized Wine and Spirit Education Trust, based in London, England and in 2007 received their Level 3, Advanced Certificate in Wine and Spirits.

In 2013, while living in Vancouver, Tania was awarded with a  Certified Specialist of Wine designation by The Society of Wine Educators, based in Washington, DC.

Now living in Canada’s capital, Tania continues to travel throughout Europe & North America in search of the best wines and food pairings while writing wine, food and travel related articles and wine reviews. Tania offers tutored wine tastings & consulting via RunawayGrape.com in Ottawa. She is a regular columnist and a wine reviewer with Canada’s largest wine website at NatalieMacLean.com and the wine expert for Rogers Daytime Ottawa Television.

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