Secrets of Sonoma

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 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 SONOMA CLASS

It is America’s second most famous wine region, but first in the hearts of many oenophiles. Larger in size, closer to the ocean, and slower in pace than neighboring Napa, Sonoma County has a breathtaking diversity of topography, soil types, and winemaker talent. This Bevinar will provide an insider’s view of this pastoral place that is often called California’s Provence.

We will be focusing on the classic Sonoma grapes Pinot Noir (from both the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley) and Zinfandel, but will also discuss some of the most compelling lesser-known grapes flourishing in this paradisiacal 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 $79.99 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:

  • Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast
  • Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley
  • Zinfandel

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 Sonoma 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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