Drawn to food from a very young age, Tania was cooking at the countryside house with grandma, where she passed her weekends helping to prepare elaborate family meals. They used freshly picked, organic produce from their own land, baked cakes and bread, and then enjoyed it all with family and friends al fresco, under the vine pergola.
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 March 2013, Tania was awarded with a Certified Specialist of Wine designation by The Society of Wine Educators, based in Washington, DC, followed by an invitation to contribute wine reviews at Natalie MacLean’s website.
Tania always dreamed of running her own business, bringing together people, food, wine and travel, while creating memorable experiences. After moving to Vancouver, this dream started to take shape and became a reality in 2012 as a RunawayGrape, Guided Gourmet Food & Wine Tastings.