We had the good fortune of connecting with Tuanni Price and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tuanni, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I initially thought of starting my own business over 10 years ago I had two thought paths. The first was I wanted to earn extra money. I was a divorced mom of two small children and needed a supplement income to help with expenses. I had come up with this great admin support business calledl Atus (All things under the sun… so get at us!) LOL! While on the journey to figure out this additional income business model I found my passion for wine and wine culture. That is when the second thought path became clear. I wanted to have a business that I could feel proud and passionate about. In my business plan I wanted the line that reads what makes you different from the competition to be easily identifiable. I saw a need to make wine approachable for people and simple to enjoy. This was my driving thought behind creating every aspect, event and class for Zuri Wine Tasting.
What should our readers know about your business?
Tuanni Price is on a mission to make the complicated world of wine simple. In fact, that is the motto of her wine lifestyle business, Zuri Wine Tasting. The self-proclaimed wine enthusiast curates’ wine-filled lifestyles from Southern California to the Southern-most part of the globe in Cape Town, South Africa. Tuanni uses her brand, Zuri Wine Tasting, to host private tastings, teach wine tasting classes and host wine tours. In addition, she produces small to large scale wine experiences for corporate and non-profit clients. Tuanni holds a certificate in wine with the WSET Level 2 with merit, she has also studied with the Society of Wine Educators and North American Sommelier Association. Tuanni spends half of each year contributing to the vibrant and exciting wine industry in South Africa and the other half in the USA. Today, aside from managing the day-to-day operations and event planning on behalf of Zuri Wine Tasting, Tuanni also host a podcast, aBroad Drinking Wine. She volunteers for PYDA (Pinotage Youth Development Academy), Blacc Cellar Club in Stellenbosch and the US-based AAAV (African American Vintners Association). She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Grambling University.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d tell my friend to meet me in Cape Town for 7 days of wine, jazz and adventure! We’d live our best life in Cape Town. I’d take my friend for a welcome dinner at Marco’s African Cafe for authentic African cuisine and a live show with drums and dancing. The next day we’d head to wine country for two full days of tasting and touring with a diverse group of winemakers. We’d pop in the vineyards for a behind the scenes experience and intimidate conversations with wine farm owners, workers and winemakers about the culture and history of South African wines. We’d dine at five star restaurants and relax in vineyard facing swings. Our next adventure would take us to a private game reserve for a safari like experience where we would animal watch by day and star-gaze at night. The last three days of our 7 day adventure would be living like a local in the beautiful city center of Cape Town. We’d start with a must, a visit and healing day at Robben Island. The next day a cable ride up and a healthy hike down Table Mountain. I’d take my friend to visit the other side of Cape Town with an uncurated, no -tourist like visit to a local township for a few hours of volunteer work and then happy hour with locals at a local bar. Our evenings would consist of lots of late nights exploring Cape Town’s foodie, live music and club scene.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wine for Dummies by Ed McCarthy The Wine Bible, by Janice Robinson Mac McDonald, Owner of Vision Cellars Adneen & Lenora at Barsha Wine & Spirits in Manhattan Beach My O.G customers Lance Adams and Monica Jordan who started supporting me at the Art Gallery in Inglewood and who have continued to support all the way to South Africa even. My ex-boyfriend who believed in me and encouraged me from day zero My Mama, she is a terrible wine employee but one of my biggest cheerleaders and support
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