Sommelier Marnie Old of Marnie Old Wines - Biography

Philadelphia, PA

May 2012

Sommelier and Author Marnie Old is like a breath of fresh air in the wine world. An engaging performer, she’s known for her intuitive explanations of complex wine topics—all in plain English. The itinerant Old speaks on wine and beer topics around the country and is a featured presenter at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. She also pens a humorous wine column for the Philadelphia Daily News called “Cheap Buzz,” a series of hypothetical conversations between the sophisticated sommelier and her penny-pinching blue-collar neighbor.

Old’s latest book Wine Secrets is a collection of concise and practical wine advice for beginners, shared by 40 of the world’s top winemakers, sommeliers, restaurateurs, and connoisseurs, including Jancis Robinson, Kevin Zraly, and Michael Mondavi. Old also co-authored He Said Beer, She Said Wine, a colorful and 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. Old’s next work, a beginner’s guide to wine for the iPad, will be launched by Open Air Publishing in 2012.

Formerly the director of wine studies for Manhattan’s esteemed French Culinary Institute, Old also served as the founding education chairperson for the American Sommelier Association. Since launching her own company Old Wines in 2001, Old has designed beverage programs for more than 20 restaurants in five cities, including Morimoto in Manhattan, Steak 954 in Fort Lauderdale, and Philadelphia’s landmark restaurant Parc on Rittenhouse Square.