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Peter Marks MW

Peter Marks MW

Became an MW 1995

Based in United States

Nationality American

Languages English


Graduated from University of California at Davis in 1976 with BSc degree in Food Service Management. From 1976-1981 worked as a chef and manager with restaurants and institutional food services companies. Entered retail wine trade in 1981 and has worked as Wine Director for Draeger's Supermarkets, Chief Wine Merchant at, Wine Director at Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, and Vice President of Education at Constellation Brands. Currently a Partner and Vice President of Education for the Napa Valley Wine Academy. Teaches wine classes, is a member of Society of Wine Educators and judges wine competitions internationally. Peter enjoys riding his bike in the Napa Valley, especially up Mount Veeder and through the beautiful vineyards.

Current employer: Napa Valley Wine Academy

Primary area(s) of work: Trade, Strategy, Communication

Industry sector(s): Buying, Consultant, Educator, Events, Marketing, Off trade, Project management, Sales, Wine judge, Wine tourism

Wine styles: Champagne, Fortified wines, Sparkling wine, Still red, Still rosé, Still white, Still wines

Wine region expertise: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, Champagne, France, Languedoc, Marlborough, New Zealand, Oregon, Rhone, Rioja, Tuscany, USA, Washington

Market expertise: North America

Specialisms: Biodynamics, Organic viticulture, Branding, Education, Events, Food and wine pairing, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Independent retail, Marketing wine, Podcasts, Supplier/customer relationships, Supermarket and multiple retail, Training, Wine and health, Wine tourism, Wine judging