Keri Buhman (née Gallagher) started her wine education in Walla Walla, Washington in 2004. She received her Associate degree in Viticulture and Winemaking. Her real interest was in the history and styles of wine from around the world. She travelled to Christchurch, New Zealand to attend the Sommelier program at NZ School of Food and Wine.
Keri then took her knowledge to the islands of the Maldives and worked as Head Sommelier at a five star resort. In 2008 she moved back to Christchurch to teach the course she had taken. While teaching the full time course she also studied for a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust based out of London.
After completing the Diploma in 2011 Keri came back to her home town of Vancouver. She opened C’est la Vie, a French café and crêperie, in Battle Ground. In 2015 she opened Soirée Supper Club and Catering in Hazel Dell. Soirée is a special events venue for monthly Sommelier dinners, wine classes and special occasions. C’est la Vie is now located with Soirée on 78th Street in Hazel Dell.