Tanya Morning Star Darling is the Cellar Muse. Tanya has been working in the wine industry; in restaurants, retail, and education for more than two decades. She  has been teaching about wine since 2004. Her love of classical wines, passion for history, nature, and gastronomy inspires her educational approach.

Tanya was first exposed to food and wine during her studies in France, and in New York City, supporting herself though college, and her first career in the arts by working in fine dining restaurants. It was through these early travels and work experiences that Tanya became fascinated by the interplay between wine, food, history, and cultural identity.


Tanya continues to be a stalwart traveller, visiting many of the great wine regions of Western and Eastern Europe, as well as those of the United States. Tanya has family in Italy, and visits Europe every year for her work, and studies.

Tanya has been a  faculty member at the Northwest Wine Academy, and has also been teaching WSET coursework since 2012, she is an approved instructor for all levels L1- L4/Diploma. Her company Cellar Muse is also the only Approved Program Provider for the Wine Scholar Guild Certification courses in Washington State, where she teaches all certification programs, French, Italian and Spanish Wine Scholar.

Tanya is proud to be certified by the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne as one of 60 global Official Ambassadors of Bourgogne Wines and she is the only Official Ambassador of Orvieto Wines.

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, her accomplishments include:

  • Wine and Spirit Education Trust - Intermediate, Advanced & Diploma coursework

  • Wine Scholar Guild - French Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Scholar, Spanish Wine Scholar, Bourgogne Master Level, Provence Master Level, Champagne Master Level (all in the High Scorer category)

  • Society of Wine Educators - Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Wine Educator

Tanya takes great pride in her teaching, and is particularly honored at being named French Wine Scholar Instructor of the year for 2018, out of the Wine Scholar Guild's entire global network!

Read about Tanya's pivot to online learning here: 

Forbes Magazine Feature: A Wine Educator Holds a Zoom Class and Learns for Herself

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