Mark's Picks

Mark stalks scintillating bottles at all price points, in all colors, and from all regions.


December 2013

Cordorniu Brut Cava Anna de Codorniu NV (Spain, $14)
Domaine Chandon Brut North Coast etoile NV (California, $40)
Louis Bouillot Brut Cremant de Bourgogne NV (France, $18)
Rusack Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2011 (California, $30)

December 2013

Philippe Brisebarre Brut Vouvray NV (France, $19)
Treveri Rose Sec Columbia Valley NV (Washington State, $19)
Ca' Montanari Secco Lambrusco di Modena Opera 2012 (Italy, $19)
Sofia Blanc de Blancs Monterey County 2012 (California, $18)

December 2013

Cordorniu Brut Cava Anna de Codorniu NV (Spain, $14)
Domaine Chandon Brut North Coast etoile NV (California, $40)
Louis Bouillot Brut Crmant de Bourgogne NV (France, $18)
Rusack Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2011 (California, $30)

December 2013


December 2013

Cordorniu Brut Cava Anna de Codorniu NV (Spain, $14)
Domaine Chandon Brut North Coast etoile NV (California, $40)
Louis Bouillot Brut Cremant de Bourgogne NV (France, $18)
Rusack Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2011 (California, $30)

April 2013

Hubert Clavelin Cremant du Jura Brut NV (France, $18)
Vina Aquitania Rose 2012 (Chile, $9)
Robert Oatley Sangiovese Rose 2011 (Australia, $15)
Halter Ranch Rose Paso Robles 2011 (California, $14)

March 2013

Naia Rueda 2011 (Spain, $14)
Mercer Riesling 2010 (Washington State, $14)
Bellini Chianti 2010 (Italy, $9)
Oxford Landing GSM 2011 (Australia, $9)

February 2013

NXNW Riesling Horse Heaven Hills 2011 (Washington State, $12)
Caves Alianca Dao Reserva 2009 (Portugal, $10)
Alberto Bartali Chianti Ducceto 2010 (Italy, $9)
Vina Cobas Malbec Felino 2011 (Argentina, $19)

February 2013

NXNW Riesling Horse Heaven Hills 2011 (Washington State, $12)
Caves Alianca Dao Reserva 2009 (Portugal, $10)
Alberto Bartali Chianti Ducceto 2010 (Italy, $9)
Vina Cobas Malbec Felino 2011 (Argentina, $19)

December 2012

Jaume Serra Cristalino Cava Extra Dry NV (Spain, $9)
Roederer Estate Brut Rose NV (California, $27)
Avanthia Godello 2010 (Spain, $28)
De Bortoli Petite Sirah DB Family Selection (Australia, $9)

November 2012

Siesta en el Tahuantinsuyu Extra Brut 2009 (Argentina, $18)
Nisia Rueda Verdejo Old Vines 2011 (Spain, $12)
Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris 2011 (Oregon, $16)
Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Franc de Pied 2010 (France, $28)

October 2012

Mollydooker Verdelho The Violinist 2011 (Australia, $22)
Georges Duboeuf Morgon Jean Descombes 2011 (France, $18)
Meroi Nestri 2009 (Italy, $21)
Ed's Red 2009 (California, $15)

August 2012

Chateau Ksara Blanc de Blancs 2011 (Lebanon, $13)
Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (California, $17)
King Estate Pinot Gris 2011 (Oregon, $11)
Muga Rioja Blanco 2010 (Spain, $13)

June 2012

Hooked Riesling Nahe 2010 (Germany, $10)
Twomey Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (California, $22)
Laroche Chardonnay "Punto Nino" 2011 (Chile, $14)
Blackbird Vineyards "Arriviste" Rose 2011 (California, $25)

May 2012

Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve 2010 (South Africa, $15)
McPherson Cellars Viognier 2010 (Texas, $14)
Small Wonders Zinfandel 2010 (California, $9)
Vietti Barbera dAsti Tre Vigne 2008 (Italy, $16)

April 2012

Ferrari Brut NV (Italy, $20)
Enoport Vinho Verde NV (Portugal, $7)
Laurenz V. Charming Gruner Veltliner 2010 (Austria, $20)
Ravenswood Zinfandel Vintners Blend 2010 (California, $10)

February 2012

Antinori Franciacorta Montenisa Brut NV (Italy, $27)
Domaine de l'Aigle a Deux Tetes Cotes du Jura 2007
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs Carneros NV (California, $20)
Santa Julia Reserva (Zuccardi) Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Argentina, $12)

February 2012

Antinori Franciacorta Montenisa Brut NV (Italy, $27)
Domaine de l'Aigle a Deux Tetes Cotes du Jura 2007 (France, $18)
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs Carneros NV (California, $20)
Santa Julia Reserva (Zuccardi) Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Argentina, $12)

January 2012

J. Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Seven Oaks 2009 (California, $18)
Santo Tomas Xaloc 2005 (Mexico, $35)
Domaine de Morchon Cotes du Rhone-Villages Seguret Tradition 2009 (France, $18)
Gustafson Family Vineyards Petite Sirah 2007 (California, $28)

December 2011

Skouras Moscofilero 2010 (Greece, $15)
Casale Daviddi Rosso Montepulciano 2009 (Italy, $16)
Calma Rioja 2008 (Spain, $15)
Bogle Petit Sirah 2008 (California, $10)

November 2011

Scharffenberger Brut Mendocino County NV (California, $18)
Cecchi Chianti Natio 2008 (Italy, $13)
Melini Chianti Borghi d'Elsa 2010 (Italy, $8)
Beckmen Cuvee Le Bec Santa Ynez Valley 2009 (California, $18)

September 2011

Charles Hours "Cuvee Marie" Jurancon Sec 2009 (France, $18)
Airfield Chardonnay Unoaked 2010 (Washington State, $13)
Les vins Conts "Pow Blop Wizz" Ptillant Ros (France, $18)
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Central Coast 2010 (California, $15)

September 2011

Charles Hours "Cuvee Marie" Jurancon Sec 2009 (France, $18)
Airfield Chardonnay Unoaked 2010 (Washington State, $13)
Les vins Contes "Pow Blop Wizz" Petillant Rose (France, $18)
Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Central Coast 2010 (California, $15)

August 2011

Concannon Assemblage Blanc 2010 (California, $17)
Ceretto Arneis Langhe Blange 2010 (Italy, $18)
Melini Rose Toscana 2009 (Italy, $9)
Massaya Rose Bekaa Valley 2010 (Lebanon, $12)

August 2011

Concannon Assemblage Blanc 2010 (California, $17)
Ceretto Arneis Langhe Blange 2010 (Italy, $18)
Melini Ros Toscana 2009 (Italy, $9)
Massaya Ros Bekaa Valley 2010 (Lebanon, $12)

July 2011

Hitachino Nest White Ale (Japan, $9/24oz.)
Fleur du Cap Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (South Africa, $10)
Chateau Minuty "Prestige Cru Classe" 2010 (France, $26)
Lieb Cellars "Right Coast Red" 2008 (Long Island, $30)

June 2011

Tutu Pinot Grigio 2009 (California, $10)
Schloss Gobelsburg Zweigelt Rose 2010 (Austria, $15)
Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2008 (California, $10)
Terra Andina Carmenere 2009 (Chile, $9)

May 2011

S.A. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2009 (Germany, $27)
Marques de Irun Verdejo 2008 (Spain, $16)
Bedell Cellars Taste Rose 2010 (Long Island, NY, $18)
Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir North Canterbury 2009 (New Zealand, $22)

May 2011

S.A. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling 2009 (Germany, $27)
Marqus de Irn Verdejo 2008 (Spain, $16)
Bedell Cellars Taste Ros 2010 (Long Island, NY, $18)
Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir North Canterbury 2009 (New Zealand, $22)

April 2011

Vinedos Emiliana Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (Chile, $9)
Bogle Chardonnay 2010 (Washington State, $10)
Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir Whole Cluster Fermented 2009 (Oregon, $19)
Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon "Lot 189" 2008 (California, $22)

March 2011

Chateau D'Aqueria Tavel 2009 (France, $22)
Grosjean Gamay Vallee dAoste 2009 (Italy, $18)
Laurent Betton Saint Joseph 2008 (France, $30)
Smoking Loon Syrah 2008 (California, $8)

February 2011

Georges Duboeuf Morgon "Jean Descombes" 2009 (France, $14)
Tenuta di Blasig Merlot 2007 (Italy, $12)
Reinhold Haart Riesling Kabinett Piersport 2009 (Germany, $25)
Sigalas Assyrtiko Santorini 2009 (Greece, $20)

January 2011

El Coto de Rioja White 2009 (Spain, $10)
Chermette Moulin--Vent "Les Trois Roches" 2009 (France, $28)
Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Russian River 2007 (California, $35)
Domaine de Fontsainte Corbires 2008 (France, $13)

January 2011

El Coto de Rioja White 2009 (Spain, $10)
Chermette Moulin-a-Vent "Les Trois Roches" 2009 (France, $28)
Davis Bynum Pinot Noir Russian River 2007 (California, $35)
Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres 2008 (France, $13)

October 2010

St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc "Dollarhide" 2009 (California, $35)
2008 Casa Ferreirinha "Esteva" Douro (Portugal, $12)
Hirsch Vineyards' Pinot Noir 'The Bohan-Dillon' 2008 (California, $28)
Columbia Creat Riesling Two Vines 2009 (Washington, $9)

September 2010

Carpene Malvolti Prosecco (Italy, $18)
Hofer Gruner Veltliner 2009 (Austria, $12/1L)
HALTER RANCH Rose Paso Robles 2009 (California, $12)
Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes 2007 (France, $23)

August 2010

Robert Oatley Rose of Sangiovese (Australia, $13)
Domaine de la Mordore Tavel - La Dame Rousse 2009 (France, $25)
A to Z Wineworks Rose 2009 (Oregon, $12)
Bodegas Borsao Campo de Borja Rosado (Spain, $9)

January 2010

Margerum Pinot Gris Columbia Valley 2008 (California, $16)
Margerum Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley Sybarite 2008 (California, $19)
Margerum Syrah Santa Barbara County Uber 2007 (California, $50)
Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano Abruzzo 2006 (Italy, $18)

December 2009

Montes Carmenere Colchagua Valley Alpha 2007 (Chile, $25)
Altos Las Hormigas Malbec 2008 (Argentina, $12)
Cusumano Syrah 2008 (Italy, $12)
Watermill Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (Washington State, $26)

August 2009

Con Class Rueda 2008 (Spain, $12)
Descendientes de Jose Palacios Bierzo Petalos 2007 (Spain, $19)
Bottega Vinaia Lagrein 2005 (Italy, $17)
Catina Tramin Lagrein 2005 (Italy, $15)

July 2009

Norton Torrontes Lo Tengo 2008 (Argentina, $10)
Erath Pinot Gris 2008 (Oregon, $14)
Lindemans (Dry) Riesling Bin 75 2008 (Australia, $8)
Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix 2008 rose (France, $15)

June 2009

Castle Rock Pinot Noir Columbia Valley 2007 ($11)
D’Arenberg The Stump Jump South Australia 2007 ($11)
Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1995 ($280)
Luce Della Vite Brunello di Montaclino Luce 2004 ($87)

Appearances & Custom Events

Mark teaches an array of Outsmarting Wine™ courses and seminars, from private tastings to 300-person corporate events.

2014 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festvial - #NYCWFF - SOLD OUT
10-18-14, New York, NY

2014 Aspen FOOD & WINE Classic - seminars SOLD OUT
06-20-14, Aspen, CO

2014 Food Network SOBE Food & Wine Festival - seminars SOLD OUT
02-20-14, South Beach, Miami, FL


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