Mark Oldman

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Mark Oldman
Mark Oldman 2011.jpg
Mark Oldman in 2011
Born Mark Stanford Oldman
(1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 45)
Manhattan, New York
Occupation Wine critic
Nationality American
Alma mater Stanford Law School (J.D.)
Stanford University (M.A.)
Stanford University (B.A.)
Subject Wine

Mark Oldman (born Mark Stanford Oldman, January 5, 1969) is an American entrepreneur and wine writer. He is the wine expert for Pottery Barn[1] and wine columnist for the Food Network.[2] Oldman was called the "ideal mix of wine connoisseur, showman, and everyday dude" by Publishers Weekly and his approach was described as "wine speak without the geek" by Bon Appétit.[3] He has twice won the Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book of the Year Award.[4]


In 2010, Oldman released Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine, published by W.W. Norton, which focuses on helping readers make the most of the unprecedented diversity of wines now available.[5] It details several dozen wine types of moderate cost and maximum appeal, and includes the exclusive wine picks of oenophiles such as Jodie Foster, Hilary Swank, Antonio Banderas, John Lithgow, and Guy Fieri.[6]

Oldman's Brave New World of Wine won the 2011 Georges Duboeuf Best New Wine Book of the Year Award.[4] wrote of Oldman's book deal with Norton.[7]

In 2005 Oldman wrote Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wine, published by Penguin Books and winner of the Georges Duboeuf Best Wine Book Award. It is currently in its tenth printing.[8]

Television, radio, and publications[edit]

Oldman is lead judge in the PBS TV series The Winemakers, filmed in Paso Robles wine country in California.[9][10]

Oldman writes and lectures widely on wine. He delivered the keynote address at the Boston Wine Expo and appears at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival, and the Aspen Food and Wine Classic,[11] among other festivals. He also writes the wine column for the Food Network, contributes to several lifestyle magazines, and has written a wine column and chooses the wine picks for the magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray. He is a regular on Martha Stewart Radio's "Living Today" program on Sirius Satellite Radio. He is also the wine expert for Pottery Barn stores.

Approach and style[edit]

The New York Times Style Magazine reported his victorious visit to New York criminal court to fight an open container summons that he received carrying an empty Bordeaux wine bottle.[12] The New York Times also covered Oldman's annual "Bring Your Own Truffle" ritual, introduced to counter restaurant truffle pricing.[13] His speaking engagements are frequently sold-out and lauded for their information and entertainment.[14]


In 1997 Oldman cofounded, a company that provides career information on major industries and Fortune 1000 companies, as well as company and firm rankings on elite employers such as Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, and Google.[15] He served as president of until its sale in 2007 to a private equity firm.[16] Along with cofounders H.S. “Sam” Hamadeh and Samer Hamadeh, Oldman won Crain’s Top Entrepreneur's Award,[17] the Harvard Business School Club’s Entrepreneur of the Year,[18] and the Silicon Valley 100: The Internet's 100 Most Influential Executives.[19]

Oldman is an investor and advisor to health website[20]


Oldman received his B.A. and M.A. in English from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He also received a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he won the Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Prize for excellence in writing. Oldman serves or has served on five major boards of Stanford, including its top governing body, the Stanford University Board of Trustees.[21]

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