About Me

I’m an assistant professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University, in Montréal, Québec. My research takes wine as a case for examining how ideas, tastes and consumption practices travel and are adopted in new places. Before starting the PhD, I worked in food writing and taste education for Slow Food (Italy & France) and Voir Communications (Ottawa-Gatineau), among others. These experiences informed my research interests in how culture translates, and in understanding taste formation, with a particular focus on the sensory and embodied aspects of taste. I have also been involved in research projects that examine culinary cosmopolitanism, the role of culture in consumer choices and feminine ideals in food blogs. I am interested in pursuing future research on the construction of expertise in food and wine in the realm of professional and amateur restaurants criticism, as well as deepen my work on the strategies used to shape and transform tastes, and that involve practices and the body-mind dialectic.


Photo credit: Sahira Sepp, 2015

Seeking Wine Enthusiasts in the GTA to Interview!

Are you a Toronto wine enthusiast who has sought to deepen your knowledge of wine? Do you love talking about your passion for wine? If so, I’d like to speak with you! As part of my dissertation project, I am researching wine education in Ontario and looking at the role it plays in the wine drinking culture in Ontario. I am seeking interview participants who’ve sought to deepen their knowledge of wine (through books, wine workshops/courses, winery tours, etc) so that I can better understand why people are drawn to wine and why they might seek to pursue that interest in a deeper manner. By speaking with wine lovers like you, I hope to further understand what draws consumers to engage with learning about wine, as well as how they view their knowledge about wine. If you would like to participate, I would be happy to arrange an interview at a date, time and location that are convenient for you. Please email Sarah Cappeliez at sarah.cappeliez@mail.utoronto.ca to set up an interview, or if you have any questions about the study. **This research has received ethics approval from the University of Toronto.