Secrets of Burgundy

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 this Bevinars virtual series 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 transports you to four of the world’s iconic wine regions: Napa, Sonoma, Bordeaux, and Burgundy.

SECRETS OF BURGUNDY CLASS

Burgundy: when it is good, no wine is more ethereal, sensual, and complex; when it disappoints, it can break the heart and the bank. The world template for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Burgundy is also one of Mark’s personal passions. This Bevinar will help you make the most of a region that is at once beloved by connoisseurs and confusing to casual drinkers.

We will be focusing on the classic Burgundy grapes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but will also discuss both the famous appellations and the lesser-known gems of this mythical region. And we will cover tasting techniques, decoding the label, food pairings, ageability, and more.

Moreover, if you’ve ever been to one of Mark’s presentations, you know that he fills them with 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 3-bottle wine kit is $129.99 when you purchase the wines at Wine.com.

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

The featured wines are:

  • White Burgundy
  • Red Burgundy from Cote de Nuits
  • Red Burgundy from Cote de Beaune

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.

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

FOUR WEEK COURSE: The Secrets of Burgundy class is part of the four-week Secrets of Iconic Regions course. Register below for the full course (4 classes) and receive a 20% discount on the course fee plus a FREE GIFT (see below). The cost for four classes is $176 per household. Wine kits can be purchased at Wine.com for an additional cost.

Full course participants may access video recordings of the entire course for eight weeks after the course ends, ideal for those who miss a class or want to watch again.

FREE GIFT: Purchasers of the full course will be mailed a coveted, limited-edition Bevinars matchbook. Professionally designed and custom-made for Bevinars in Germany, this little gem is the world’s first matchbook designed specifically for wine lovers, with each individual match stem printed with a wine bottle type.

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 15 years as well at South Beach Wine & Food, New York Wine & Food, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, and many others.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, he launched “Mark Oldman Virtual Wine Tastings,” which are frequently subscribed to capacity on Zoom and include such subjects as “American Grand Cru: Russian River Pinot Noir,” “Hidden Gems of the World,” and “War of the Celebrity Wines.” They have garnered attention from media such as ABC News, the New York Post, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Mark holds three degrees from Stanford, teaches a Stanford course on entrepreneurship, and is co-founder of career portal Vault.com. Visit him at www.MarkOldman.com.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Bevinar work?

At least a day before the Zoom event, and also an hour before the event, Bevinars will send you a Zoom link and password to enter the Bevinars event room.

By clicking on the link, you will automatically be prompted to open Zoom and join the class. Everyone is encouraged to join the class a few minutes early to ensure that you have a good connection with Zoom.

What technology is needed?

You will need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. At least a day before the webinar, your Zoom confirmation email will include a link and details on how to join the Zoom webinar.

How can I ask questions of the speaker?

The best way is to use the Q&A function in Zoom. You can also comment through Zoom’s chat function.

How long will it last?

Each webinar is approximately an hour, including Q&A at the end.

Do I need to buy the wines presented?

No, you are free to bring your own bottle or just watch. If you’d like to taste along with the exact wines that we will be presenting (though this is not a prerequisite), these wines are available for purchase through the links above.

What if the wines are not available?

If the any of the featured wines are sold out or not available in your area, use the free service Wine-Searcher.com to find a local wine shop that stocks it. You can also ask a local wine merchant to recommend a wine that is similar in style to the featured selection.

If I purchase the wines, how long do they take to arrive?

Shipping typically takes two days within the continental United States but can be longer for certain destinations. There are date-specific delivery options for your shipment on the final page of check out. If you have any questions about your wine purchase, you can chat live with a Wine.com specialist when you are on that site.

What if the wine does not arrive in time?

We are doing our best to post new events at least a week in advance of the tasting. Alerts will be in the Bevinars newsletter (sign up at the top of page here) and on Bevinars social media. And we have taken pains to choose excellent wines that a merchant stocks in sufficient quantities and can ship quickly.

There is a small chance that shipping during this pandemic can encounter delays. In the unlikely event that your wine does not arrive in time, you can enjoy the wines in the days after the webinar, brimming as you will be with your newfound knowledge.

Do I need a Zoom account to participate?

No, you will not need to register for a Zoom account to join. Simply click to “Join the webinar” via in the link provided. You will be prompted to download and install the Zoom app. Once downloaded, open the Zoom program you will need to give Zoom access to your computer/phone microphone and camera. When you are ready to join the webinar select “Join with Video” and “Join Audio” buttons in the bottom left corner of the Zoom application.

Should I purchase more than one ticket if there are more than one person viewing?

No, that is not necessary. Tickets to this virtual experience are sold per household, if all are viewing on the same device.

What is the refund policy?

All ticket sales are final. We do not offer refunds or exchanges.

Is there a waitlist if the event is sold out?

No, sadly Zoom does not provide this capability yet.

Is Bevinars on social media?

You bet. Follow @Bevinars on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Follow Bevinars’ founder @MarkOldman on Instagram and Twitter and at @MarkOldmanUSA on Facebook.

How do I stay abreast of future Mark Oldman events?

Sign up for the Mark Oldman newsletter in the “Subscribe” box at the top of this page.

Disclaimer

Please drink responsibly. Virtual tasting is open only to those 21-years-of-age and older. By registering for any Bevinars event, you agree to assume any risk that is associated with participating in the event and release Bevinars LLC and its representatives from any and all claims of injury, damage, and loss that may be as a result of participation.

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