Outwitting the Wine List

You could pay a fortune to see one of Mark Oldman’s famous, “five-star” (Food & Wine), “wildly popular” (Aspen magazine) live seminars at the nation’s top food festivals or you can take a Bevinars virtual wine class for a fraction of the cost and from the comfort of your own living room. In his trademark style that Bon Appétit calls “winespeak without the geek,” award-winning author and renowned speaker Mark Oldman covers essential wine topics.


It is the nerve center of wine anxiety: the restaurant, with its inflated prices, impenetrable lists, sometimes clueless servers, and public-speaking pressures. Relax: we’re going to cover concrete ways of maximizing your wine dollars in restaurants and demystify the tasting ritual. We are going to discuss a slew of wine types which are safe to order and which ones to avoid. We will also explore fail-safe strategies of conversing with a sommelier so that you can order wine without a whiff of embarrassment. And we will cover one of the favorite solutions to overpriced wine lists: BYOB and how to do it gracefully.

Moreover, if you’ve ever been to one of Mark’s presentations, you know it is brimming with humor and his trademark “nuggets” of useful insider information that you won’t find anywhere else.

The cost of the class is $55 per household, and if you want to taste along with Mark, an optional Bevinars wine kit is now available to purchase at Wine.com. 

You are encouraged — but not required — to taste along with Mark. If you wish to buy the accompanying Wine.com wine kit, please do so here as soon as possible after you register below. 

The featured wines are:

-Non-Champagne French Sparkler

-Assyrtiko or Moschofilero from Greece

-Etna Rosso from Italy

-Primitivo from Italy

The specific selection of wine, and its vintage, can vary depending on your location, but all bottles have been personally approved by Mark for their deliciousness and typicity.

If you wish to order the wines but are unable to do so online, you are free to ask a trusted local merchant for their recommendations for the wine categories above.

Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link and reminders prior to the class. The class fee is non-refundable.

MISS THE CLASS AT THE LAST MINUTE, NO PROBLEM: Registrants can request a link to the video recording of the class, ideal for who can’t make the streaming virtual class or want to review it.

FOUR-WEEK SERIES: The Outwitting the Wine List class is part of the four-week Bevinars February 2023 Series. Register below for the full series (4 classes) and receive a 20% discount on the series. The discounted cost for four classes is $176 per household.

FREE GIFT WITH FULL 4-WEEK SERIES: Purchasers of the full series will be mailed a complimentary limited-edition Bevinars wine glass polishing cloth. Custom-made for Bevinars, the cloth is extra large and made of plush microfiber, perfect for polishing your stemware to a fine sparkle.

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