Summer Entertaining – Perfect Summer Wine Picks

About wine expert and author, Mark Oldman

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2011 Georges Duboeuf "BEST WINE BOOK OF THE YEAR"

“Passionate about helping wine enthusiasts jostle the jaded and slay the snooty, Mark Oldman (@MarkOldman) is one of the country’s leading wine personalities. His signature style was best summed up by Bon Appètit magazine as “winespeak without the geek” and by Publishers Weekly as “the ideal mix of wine connoisseur, showman, and everyday dude.” He has twice won the Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award.”

I met Mark on Twitter (somehow) and found out about his book, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine by visiting his website. Critics rave about this book, and if the book is anything like some of Mark’s hilarious videos (they are better than watching YouTube, trust me) you will love it. Mark has a way of making wine cool, instead of uppity.

Buy Mark’s book, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine.

I like Mark because, besides being a total cutie, he’s so down to earth even though he doesn’t have to be. He has enough credentials and an obvious knowledge of wine to be the snootiest guy to ever graduate from Stanford. 🙂 Instead, he’s completely approachable, and was kind enough to lend us his personal advice for biz chicks looking to throw a superb summer party with great wine.

Big thank you to Mark for doing this for us!

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Mark’s Summer Wine Picks (especially for readers)

summer wine picks

Outdoor gathering with a grill (has the heft to stand up to BBQ, smoky, not too acidic or tannic):
Oxford Landing Shiraz 2009
-Oxford Landing Shiraz 2009 (red, Australia, $10) (

-Valley of the Moon Zinfandel 2008 (red, California, $10) (

-Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne 2008 (red, Italy, $15) (


Summer cocktail party around a pool (lighter, refreshing, fun):

Les Lauzeraies Tavel 2010

-Quinta das Arcas Vinho Verde 2010 (white, Portugal, $10) (

-Les Lauzeraies Tavel 2010 (rose, France, $12) (

-Tutu Pinot Grigio 2009 (white, California, $10) (


Top wine image courtesy Yarra Valley Winery Tokar Estate (

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