2018 Talent

Mark Oldman

Wine Personality & Author

Passionate about helping wine enthusiasts jostle the jaded, slay the snooty, and drink bravely, Mark Oldman is one of the world’s leading wine personalities. He is an award-winning author, television judge, and renowned speaker on wine. His signature style was best summed up by Bon Appétit magazine as “winespeak without the geek” and by Publishers Weekly as “the ideal mix of wine connoisseur, showman, and everyday dude.”

Mark regularly speaks to sold-out audiences at the top gastronomic festivals. The Aspen Business Journal recently deemed Mark’s appearances “hilariously entertaining” and all about helping real people who happen to love wine learn to appreciate fine wines – but without attitude.”

Mark’s last book, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine (W. W. Norton) won the Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award and was described by the Wall Street Journal as “the perfect book for someone who’s just caught the bug, or would like to”. His previous book, the best-selling Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine (Penguin), was called “perfect” by Wine Enthusiast, “shortcuts to a connoisseur’s confidence” by BusinessWeek and “the perfect primer – concise, evenhanded, fun, and practical” by The New Yorker.