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 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 iolawines.com.