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photo of MarnieMeet Marnie Old

Sommelier and author Marnie Old is a breath of fresh air in the wine world. An engaging performer, she is known for her intuitive explanations of complex wine topics. Marnie speaks on wine and beer topics around the country, and is a featured seminar presenter at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Marnie pens a humorous wine column for the Philadelphia Daily News called ‘Cheap Buzz’ – documenting hypothetical conversations between the sophisticated sommelier and her penny-pinching blue-collar neighbor.

Marnie’s latest book Wine Secrets is a collection of concise and practical wine advice for beginners, as shared by 40 of the world’s top winemakers, sommeliers, and experts, such as Jancis Robinson, Kevin Zraly, Gina Gallo and Michael Mondavi. She also co-authored He Said Beer, She Said Wine, an entertaining debate over which drink makes the better food partner with legendary beer guru Sam Calagione, host of Discovery Channel’s ‘Brew Masters’ and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Her next work is an e-book for the iPad called Wine Simplified. This interactive multi-media beginner’s guide to wine will be launched by Open Air Publishing in 2012.

Formerly the director of wine studies for Manhattan’s esteemed French Culinary Institute, Marnie also served as the founding education chairperson for the American Sommelier Association. Since launching her own company Old Wines in 2001, Marnie has designed beverage programs for restaurants, including Morimoto in Manhattan, Steak 954 in Fort Lauderdale and Philadelphia’s landmark restaurant Parc on Rittenhouse Square. She also acts as an advisor to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, one of the world’s largest retailers of wine and spirits.