Secrets of Piedmont

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 Bevinar 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: Tuscany, Piedmont, Oregon, and Washington State.


Italy’s most esteemed and gastronomic wine region, Piedmont is famous for its divine meat-focused dishes, hazelnuts, white truffles, and Barbaresco and Barolo, the last of which is commonly called “the king of wines and the wine of kings”. “Secrets of Piedmont” takes a discerning look at the wines of this picturesque and historically rich region in the northwest of Italy.

We will be focusing on Arneis, Barbera, and Barolo, as well as some of the most compelling lesser-known wine types flourishing in this area. We will delve into why experts consider Piedmont, which is just over the Alps from France, the “Burgundy of Italy”. And we will cover tasting techniques, decoding the label, agebility, food pairings (including truffles, bagna cauda, and other local favorites), 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 Bevinars wine kit is 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 soon as possible after you register below. 

The featured wines are:

  • Arneis
  • Barbera
  • Barolo

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 Piedmont class is part of the four-week Secrets of Iconic Regions 2 (Jan-Feb) 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.

Miss a Class, No Problem: 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.

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