Secrets of Chile

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.


The original South American success story in wine, Chile has long been famous for its wallet-friendly and approachable bottles. But as gifted winemakers upgraded technology and developed cooler climate regions, the country is also becoming known for wines of depth and nuance.

We will start with Sauvignon Blanc and how this grape stands apart in Chile’s Pacific Ocean-cooled vineyards. We then shift to Pinot Noir, which is finding success in the country’s cooler climate growing zones. Next comes Carmenere, Chile’s signature grape and a wine of immense likability if you know where to look. Finally, we alight upon Cabernet Sauvignon, the country’s bread-and-butter grape and often a key ingredient in the country’s top wines.

In addition to the featured wines being presented, Mark will clue you into a slew of other tempting Chilean choices, from Syrah to Carignan to the native Pais.

And we will cover tasting techniques, decoding the label, new trends, and food pairings — including hearty winter fare and regional favorites such as pan batido con palta (mashed avocado on bread), humitas (a kind of tamale), beef empanadas, and stews.

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 

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:

-Sauvignon Blanc from Chile

-Pinot Noir from Chile

-Carmenere from Chile

-Bordeaux-style blend or Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile

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 Secrets of Chile 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.

Sorry, you missed this event!

Tickets are no longer available, but check out these other events that you might like.

Other Events in February 2023