About Mark Oldman
Passionate about helping wine enthusiasts jostle the jaded, slay the snooty, and drink bravely, Mark Oldman (@MarkOldman) is one of the country’s leading wine personalities. He is the wine expert for Pottery Barn and wine columnist for the Food Network. His signature style was best summed up by Bon Appètit magazine as “winespeak without the geek” and by Publishers Weekly as "the ideal mix of wine connoisseur, showman, and everyday dude.” He has twice won the Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award.
Mark is a lead judge in the PBS television series The Winemakers and is a regular on Martha Stewart Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio. In addition to his Food Network column, Mark has written for several publications, including Food & Wine, Departures, Travel & Leisure, and has chosen all of the wine picks for the 17-million annual readers of Everyday with Rachael Ray.
Mark’s latest book, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine (W. W. Norton), is the ultimate antidote for those craving new taste sensations. It plots a course to pleasure, value, and adventure beyond wine’s usual suspects, focusing on that holy grail of wine lovers: insider wines of moderate cost and maximum appeal. The Wall Street Journal called Oldman's Brave New World of Wine "the perfect book for someone who's just caught the bug, or would like to." Winner of the 2011 Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award, it was named one of the "Best of Books of the Year" (Apple iTunes), "amazing, hilarious" (Marie Clare), "charismatic and cool" (Publishers Weekly), "wicked funny" (Palm Beach Post), "a welcome discussion of many little-known wines that have a great deal of pleasure to offer" (New York Times), a resource that "lives up to its promise" (GoodGrape.com), "for enthusiasts of all levels" (Fine Cooking), "hedonistic happiness" (wine personality Natalie MacLean), and "a book you will cherish" (Huffington Post).
Mark’s last book, the best-selling Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine (Penguin), was called "perfect" (Wine Enthusiast), "shortcuts to a connoisseur’s confidence" (Businessweek), and "the perfect primer—concise, evenhanded, fun, and practical" (The New Yorker). Currently in its ninth printing, it won the Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award, was a finalist for “Best Wine Book” at the World Food Media Awards, and is published in Japan, Belgium, and in four volumes in France.
Mark regularly speaks to sold-out audiences at the country's top gastronomic festivals, including the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, the Boston Wine Expo, the Food Network Wine & Food Festivals in New York City and South Beach. Earlier this year, he headlined the Food & Wine Festival in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico together with chefs Michael Symon and Marcus Samuelsson. He has also spoken at venues as diverse as the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard Business School, the 92th Street Y, and dozens of Fortune 500 companies.
Reviewing his seminars at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, the Aspen Business Journal called Mark “hilariously entertaining…and all about helping real people who happen to love wine learn to appreciate fine wines – but without attitude.” The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel cited Mark’s seminars as a reason why the Aspen Classic is “vibrant and lively, once again nearly full of the joie de vivre that has long marked [the Classic].” Referring to his seminars at this year's Austin Food & Wine Festival, the Austin Chronicle cited his "amazing performance: animated, informative, hilarious and crowd-pleasing".
Recent highlights from Mark’s appearances include his giving audience members a taste of wine from Bernard Madoff's collection at the Aspen Classic, offering a spirited pairing of wine with meatballs at the South Beach Festival, and showing an Aspen audience how a top winemaker drinks wine with a licorice stick. The Aspen Daily News called him one of the most entertaining speakers of the Aspen Classic, describing how in one talk he "managed to incorporate some Biggie Smalls lyrics while discussing a $90 bottle of French champagne; led a little chant and dance on how to taste wine; and shared his method of pouring undrunk rosé into a Gatorade bottle when unable to finish a bottle of the pink stuff in a restaurant...very few looked as though they wanted to leave as the volunteers signaled that his time was up.”
Mark’s approach is pro-consumer, spirited, and a bit irreverent. The New York Times Style Magazine recently featured his victorious visit to New York criminal court to fight an open container summons that he received carrying an empty bottle of prized Bordeaux wine. The New York Times also covered his annual "Bring Your Own Truffle" ritual that he developed to counter restaurant truffle pricing. Read more about Mark's perspective in this recent interview on Austinist.com.
Mark began his wine journey in 1990 when as a student he founded Stanford Wine Circle, a popular university club hosting tastings with California wine legends, earning him the nickname "Bacchus on the Campus" in Wine Spectator magazine. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a B.A., M.A., and J.D., Mark has long been keenly interested in innovating in the areas of education and consumer advocacy. Mark co-founded the career portal Vault.com in 1997 and served as the company’s president through its successful sale in 2007 to a private equity firm. He has served on four major boards of Stanford, including the university’s Board of Trustees.
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101 West 23rd Street, #220
New York, NY 10011-2490