The Cellar Muse Team

2018 French Wine Scholar Instructor of the Year
Official Ambassador: Bourgogne Wines
Official Ambassador: Orvieto Wines

Tanya Morning Star Darling

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 is a  faculty member at the Northwest Wine Academy (South Seattle College, Wine Technology Division), and also Napa Valley Wine Academy (America's premier wine school), where she has created the most comprehensive Wine History course available online.  Tanya has also been teaching WSET coursework since 2012, she is an approved instructor for all levels L1- L4/Diploma. Her company, Cellar Muse, is 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 wine education and accomplishments include:

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

  • 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 led the Cellar Muse pivot to online teaching due to COVID-19 impacts in 2020. You can read more about it here: 

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

Certified Sherry Educator

Alberto Martinez Interiano

Alberto’s passion for wine started when he lived in Tuscany as a student, where he fell in love with Chianti and rustic Italian food. Bitten by the wine bug, he read all the wine books he could get his hands on and then pursued a formal wine education in San Francisco and Seattle.
Alberto holds the WSET Diploma and has an MBA in Marketing and International Business. He recently completed all three Wine Scholar Guild programs with highest honors: French, Italian, and Spanish Wine Scholar.
Alberto loves to travel, especially to the classic wine regions of the world, and speaks Spanish, Italian, and some French. In 2019, he traveled to Jerez, Spain, and became a Certified Sherry Educator; which he is one of 21 in the U.S.
Read about Alberto's adventures and musings in wine on his blog Vino Interiano


Marilee Bramhall

Marilee vividly remembers her first sip of wine; a left bank Bordeaux paired with a wonderful dinner prepared by her Dad. That single sip has led to a lifetime of curiosity and wonder. After nearly a decade in the Washington and California wine industry, Marilee began her study of old-world wines. 
She completed certifications for the French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors. She has completed the examination for WSET L2 with Distinction and is an Approved Instructor for the Wine Scholar Guild’s French Wine Scholar Program at Cellar Muse Wine School. In addition, Marilee has completed programs with the Bureau Interprofessionel des Vins De Bourgogne in Beaune, France: A Masterclass for Wine Educators and a Five-Day Bourgogne Wines Intensive Masterclass in Bourgogne, France. Marilee lives in Seattle with her husband Christopher and their yellow Labrador Aspen.
A perpetual student and passionate traveler, Marilee imports organic and sustainably-produced wines from France & Italy made by women.  Her wines are available for purchase at