Sparkling Wine Master Class - July 15, 2023

Sparkling Wine Master Class - July 15, 2023

Code: CC-CHAM-4-23



Product Description


This cooking class and wine pairing is presented by Poggi Bonsi and Iola Wines

July 19, 2023
Venue is the DeRitis home on Magnolia in Seattle (address will be emailed when class is booked)

Learn about Champagne production, terroir, and flavor profiles and you sip and sample. 

Keli will prepare 8 small tasting plates (including several French cheeses) paired with sparkling wine. Marilee, owner of Iola Wines is a Sommelier and French Wine Master, will be guide you through the tasting of each wine, share stories about the winemakers, and divulge secrets for food and wine pairing.

Each student will receive an autographed copy of Keli's cookbook "Cooking with Poggi Bonsi - Traveling Through Food".


  1. Panelle with Sundried Tomato Aioli
  2. Salmon Rillette
  3. Chicken Liver pate
  4. Duck Confit and grilled peach salad
  5. Truffled mushroom galette 
  6. Saltimbocca Chicken Bites
  7. French Cheeses
  8. Keli's Deconstructed Raspberry Charlotte  

Class is limited to 14 students

(Sorry, menu substitutions are not possible.)

About Your Instructors

Keli Sim DeRitis is an artist, entrepreneur, enthusiastic traveler, and cookbook author. After many years working as a graphic designer, a life-changing trip to Italy in 2000 led to a new career. Keli founded Poggi Bonsi, an Italian-themed kitchen store in 2001. Owning the shop required extensive travel through Italy and France to source products and cultivate partnerships. Along the way Keli learned to prepare regional specialties from both home cooks and professional chefs. Keli has been teaching cooking classes and organizing tours to the European countryside since 2014. She closed her beloved kitchen business in 2017 to focus on leading tours and sharing the unique history and culinary traditions of areas off the tourist track. Keli is the mother of two adult sons who both love to cook and travel ... she lives in Seattle with her husband and their two dogs Dante and Remi.

Marilee Bramhall, wine educator and founder of Iola Wines, vividly remembers her first sip of wine; a left bank Bordeaux which paired perfectly with a wonderful dinner prepared by her Dad. That single sip led to a lifetime of curiosity and wonder. After nearly a decade in the WA and CA wine industry Marilee began her study of old-world wines. Since then, she has completed, with the Highest Honors, the certifications for French Wine Scholar and Italian Wine Scholar. She has completed WSET L3 with Merit and is an Approved Instructor for the Wine Scholar Guild's French Wine Scholar program. 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 sources and direct imports organic wines from top women winemakers in France and Italy for the online wine shop and wine clubs at  Marilee lives in Seattle with her husband Christopher.