Secrets of Washington State

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.


Perched in the far Pacific Northwest, at about the same latitude as that of France’s Bordeaux region, it is no surprise that Washington State is home to superlative wines of elegance and purity.

We will take an insider look into what accounts for Washington State marvelous and often fairly-priced renditions of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, while also considering its bright and crisp whites such as Chardonnay and Riesling. We will also discuss some of the most compelling lesser-known grapes flourishing in what is the country’s second largest wine-producing state. And, like always, we will cover tasting techniques, decoding the label, agebility, food pairings, 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 available for 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:

  • Riesling from Washington State
  • Merlot from Washington State
  • Cabernet from Washington State

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 Washington State 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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