Secrets of Tuscany

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.


Tuscany: land of blue skies and undulating hills, a romantic whirl of vivid colors, scents, and rural beauty punctuated by olives, pines, and vines.  Escape with Mark for “Secrets of Tuscany,” an insider look at the paradisiacal region of central Italy known to locals as “Toscana.”

With red wines ruling the roost in Tuscany, we will be focusing on the categories of Chianti, Super Tuscan, and Brunello.  We will consider a range of important issues, including why Chianti is so misunderstood, whether Super Tuscans worth their price (and where secret values exist), and how to find quality among the sea of different wineries.

We will also discuss Tuscany’s refreshing white wine and luscious dessert white. And we will cover tasting techniques, decoding the label, agebility, and food pairings (including the famous bistecca fiorentina), and more.

Moreover, if you’ve ever been to one of Mark’s presentations, you know it is brimming 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:

  • Chianti Classico
  • Super Tuscan
  • Brunello di Montalcino

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 Tuscany 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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