Star-Spangled Sips: Fourth of July Firecrackers

With masks flinging off and post-pandemic optimism, this Fourth of July will be a day worthy of special celebration. We will explore joyous, expressive, American wines that do justice to this holiday of jubilation and resilience.

In his signature style that Bon Appétit calls “winespeak without the geek,” renowned wine author and speaker Mark Oldman will clue you in on the best wines for Independence Day and the ensuing summer months. We will cover:

  • The most alluring wines for backyard cookouts, picnics, and the beach
  • Pairing wine with barbecue and other grilled foods, hamburgers, hot dogs, summer salads, and summery desserts
  • The best wines that come in portable packaging
  • What insiders drink on the Fourth of July

About Your Speaker

Mark Oldman

Mark Oldman is a wine expert, author, entrepreneur, and, elementally, someone who delights in helping people simplify complex subjects. He is known for his singular ability to unravel wine’s complexities with a potent blend of entertainment, style, and humor.

Mark’s enduring wine books — including the recent IACP-and-Gourmand-award-winning How to Drink Like a Billionaire (Simon & Schuster) — are considered by many to be best of their kind. Mark’s previous books—Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine (Penguin) and Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine (W.W. Norton)—have been called the “perfect book” by the Wall Street Journal and the “perfect primer” by The New Yorker.

His standing invitations to the country’s top food festivals and consistently sold-out events attest to his position as one of gastronomy’s most exciting speakers. He has presented at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic for the last 18 years as well at South Beach Wine & Food, New York Wine & Food, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, and many others.

The founder of Bevinars, Mark holds three degrees from Stanford, teaches a Stanford course on entrepreneurship, and is co-founder of career portal

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