A Billionaire-Caliber Holiday Gift (and free offer!)


This holiday season, get signed copies of my latest wine book – How to Drink Like a Billionaire (as recently featured in The New York Times). It’s an ideal personalized gift for the wine lover in your life.

Starting today, buy two or more copies of my book on Amazon, and I will send you a FREE copy of my previous book, the award-winning Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine (a $25 value). I will also send you an autographed sticker, personally inscribed by me, which you can include on each book.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to get your signed books plus a free book, just in time for the holidays:

1) From now until December 18th, purchase two (2) or more copies of How to Drink Like a Billionaire on Amazon (and I’d be most grateful if you wrote a review!).

2) Email the Amazon receipt to alf@markoldman.com with your mailing address.

3) We will mail you the signed book labels and a FREE, signed copy of Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine–just in time for the holidays!

*: Mark’s signature will be written on separate adhesive labels (i.e., “bookplates”) sent with your free book, and can be applied to each book.

For more on why How to Drink Like a Billionaire is the perfect holiday gift, click here!

Upcoming Events

If you are in Miami, join me at the illustrious Books & Books in Coral Gables, FL this Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30 pm where I’ll be teaching How to Drink Like a Billionaire, and signing books.

And for those in the Connecticut/New York area, join me on Thursday, December 8th, at 7:00 pm, at the Barrett Bookstore in Darien, Connecticut. I’ll be in conversation with Nicholas Troilo as we sip and savor some delightful food and wine.

And in case you missed it:

I had great fun teaching a sold-out group of 100+ spirited and smart IVY members at the beautiful Astor Center in New York on November 29th.

Finally, a raise of the chalice to sun-soaked South Florida, where my Art Basel Miami events with Perrier Jouët’s cellar master Hervé Deschamps went smashingly.

Look forward to clinking glasses with y’all soon at one of my upcoming Billionaire Book Tour events.

In the meantime, drink bravely, drink richly, and #DrinkLikeABillionaire.

Gift-Worthy Wines That Seem More Expensive Than They Are

gift wine

There are few things in this world more satisfying than finding yourself in the wonderful circumstance of discovering wine that is inexpensive, but perceived expensive. This happy valley includes a broad swathe of bubbly, especially the various non-Champagne sparklers in the Crémant category, which manages the trifecta of looking expensive, tasting delicious, and calming the wallet. See my suggestions for the best of this serendipity and just how to spot them.

Roederer Estate Brut, Gruet Brut from new Mexico (but owned by French expatriates), and Segura Viudas Aria Brut (with its silvery metal crest) are three key picks in the sparkling category.

Other wines that drink and dress above their price include Muscadet, the oyster-worshipping white from France’s Loire Valley, which often carries an old-fashioned, aristocratic-looking label.

Beaujolais cru is another winner in both respects, its packaging prominently displaying a Beaujolais cru village – such as the chichi-sounding Morgon and Brouilly – rather than emphasizing the overall region of Beaujolais, which often gets confused with much-maligned Beaujolais-Nouveau.

Moderately priced Bordeaux such as Chateau Talbot, Château Greysac, and Château Gloria also offer cachet for less, with elegant labels featuring noble chateaus and coats of arms.

Another dependable deal, Rioja from Spain, can have impressively gothic labels and sometimes a wrapping of gold fishnet mesh, which was historically a feature to prevent counterfeiting but now adds a dose of gilded glamour.

Another way to lend illustriousness to your bottle is to deliver it in a wooden box, available at finer wine merchants and homeware stores; a gift wine encased this way is like adding a beautiful frame to otherwise humble artwork.

Finally, consider personally labeling gift bottles with a tag that suggests food pairings or a cheeky “drink-by” date; a little bit of handwritten effort glows brightly in the digital era.

For more about wine and ways to find my best inexpensive suggestions, check out my book, How to Drink Like a Billionaire. Take advantage of the Gift Like A Billionaire Giveaway while supplies last!

GIFT LIKE A BILLIONAIRE: Buy 2 wine books, get another* free! 

gift giveawayThe Gift Like A Billionaire Giveaway is here, just in time for the holidays. Buy 2 copies of How to Drink Like a Billionaire, and get a FREE, signed copy of my previous award-winning wine book, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine (a $25 value!).

My new wine book, How to Drink Like a Billionaire (Regan Arts), makes for an ideal holiday gift. A stylishly designed hardcover, it will enlighten the thirsty like few other wine books and looks great on your coffee table or book shelf.

While supplies last, here’s how to get a FREE copy of my last book, the award-winning Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine.

wine book gift

1) Starting now until December 12th, purchase two (2) or more copies of How to Drink Like a Billionaire on Amazon (and don’t forget to write a review!).

2) Email the Amazon receipt to alf@markoldman.com with your mailing address.

3) We will mail you a FREE, signed copy of Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine–just in time for the holidays!

For more on why How to Drink Like a Billionaire is the perfect holiday gift, click here!


Conditions Apply:

*Only applies to 2 or more Billionaire books purchased between November 21st, 2016 and December 12th, 2016

*We reserve the right to refuse to any receipts.

*Valid for postage to the continental U.S only.

Turkey Steals: The 10 Best People-Pleasing, No-Hassle, Thanksgiving Wines Under $15

Stressed about what to serve your guests for Thanksgiving?  No need: here is my list of delicious wines that are versatile enough to match the day’s spectrum of flavors – plus they are inexpensive enough to serve in ample supply.

They are all priced under $15, some are even under $10.

thanksgiving wine under $15Top 10 Under $15 Holiday Wines


Sparkling wine:

Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava (Spain)


White wine:

Antinori “Villa Antinori” Tuscana White (Italy)

Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris Columbia Valley (Washington State)

Marqués de Cáceres Verdejo Rueda (Spain)


Red wine:

Bogle Zinfandel Old Vine (California)

Castle Rock Pinot Noir Central Coast (California)

Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône Les Abeilles (France)

Planeta Sicilia La Segreta Red (Italy)

Viu Manent Carménère Gran Reserva (Chile)

Yalumba Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia The Y Series (Australia)


For more carefully curated lists on affordable alternatives to Billionaire-caliber wines, check out my latest book, How to Drink Like a Billionaire (Regan Arts).

Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Obscure Wine

The best habit a wine lover can pick up is experimentation. I won’t tell you that venturing into the obscure always procures a winner, but you’ll be surprised how quickly your palate develops and the nuances you start to notice when you take a few walks on the wild side. And who doesn’t want to show up to the party with a brand new bottle no one’s ever heard of?

The appeal of esoteric wines is not always in their taste; sometimes they generate desire by the mere fact they play hard to get, while their taste is middling or even disorienting.


Disclaimer aside, novel grapes and regions that actually make delicious wine can be dazzlingly revelatory and economical. If you agree with Ernest Hemingway’s recommendation of “life intoxicated by the romance of the unusual,” then the following wine types will send you off buzzed with the thrill of discovery (in alphabetical order):


Dark Greek red redolent of spicy blackberry and plum, sometimes with a smoky dimension; medium-bodied, but occasionally plumper; you’ll earn a vinous black belt by pronouncing it correctly.


Vaguely militaristic sounding white primarily from Italy’s Alto-Adige region; fresh and floral, like a grapefruit-y Riesling; possible notes of peach or orange peel; mineral-laced finish; high quality, complex, and priced like it.


A rediscovered district of northwestern Spain making svelte, intriguing, juicy reds; from the Mencía grape, which also appears in the better-known wines of Bierzo; so far in short supply but could expand on its presence.

See if you can find these unusual delights from a specialist merchant or online. For more obscure wine types, check out my book, How to Drink Like a Billionaire, and check out the video to watch me try a bizarre white wine from Scholium Project, located just east of Napa.