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'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 recently 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 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 2005 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 is a lead judge in the PBS television series "The Winemakers" and is in the middle of filming the show's next season in France's Rhone Valley. He is also a regular on Martha Stewart Radio's "Living Today" program on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Mark has written for several top publications, including Food & Wine, Departures, and Travel & Leisure, and he has chosen all of the wine picks for the 15-million annual readers of Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine. He regularly speaks to sold-out audiences at the country's top gastronomic festivals, including the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, the Boston Wine Expo, and the Food Network Wine & Food Festivals in New York and South Beach. In 2011 he is also appearing at a host of other leading venues, among them the James Beard House, the 92nd Street Y, the American Heart Association "Heart's Delight" Auction in Washington, D.C., Pebble Beach Food & Wine, the New York Wine Expo, Oregon's International Pinot Noir Celebration, and many other appearances.
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.