Mark began his career as a sommelier at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona where he
quickly learned the art of fine wine service. From there his career launched as he steadily took on wine director positions at some of the most notable resorts throughout Arizona, such as The Boulders Resort, L’Auberge de Sedona, and The Enchantment Resort.
While living in Sedona, Mark made the decision to move to California to take on the position
of wine director at the Highlands Inn in Carmel. While at that establishment, Mark served as the wine director for the 21st Annual Masters of Food and Wine. He quickly embraced this opportunity and dove head first into the California wine culture, quickly becoming a fixture in the wine event world.
Mark served as the founding wine director for Pebble Beach Food and Wine where he directly
worked with more than 300 wineries. He also annually serves as the lead Wine Captain for the Wine Spectator New York Wine Experience. Mark can also be found providing wine service and wine education as a guest sommelier for a variety of wine events and serving on the Board of Directors for the annual Big Sur Food and Wine. Mark also utilizes his wine knowledge to serve as a moderator, wine panel participant, public speaker, and wine educator. He is a certified member of the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers.
In his free time Mark enjoys college football and mountain biking. He resides in Carmel Valley
with his wife Alicia and two children.
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